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MSAD 15 Budget Validation Vote TONIGHT – Thursday May 23 at 6:30 pm

District voters will vote tonight on a proposed $27.8 million fiscal year ‘20 school budget.  Voter registration begins at 6:00 and the budget meeting at 6:30 pm in the GNG High School cafeteria. 

The proposed budget reflects a 3.96 percent increase over the current year and a 4.92 increase in New Gloucester and Gray’s combined local share, according to district administrators.  Flat funding from the state due to declining district enrollments and increases in salaries and benefits underlie the budget picture.  For New Gloucester, which is responsible for 35 percent of the $16.1 million local contribution, administrators estimate a $0.52 uptick in the overall mil rate, an increase of $102 on a $200,000 home.  Detailed budget documentation can be accessed here.

Tonight’s budget vote is the first of two; a school budget validation referendum will follow on Tuesday June 11, when New Gloucester voters will also elect two members of the Select Board and vote on whether to create a town charter commission.

Spring Clean-up Week at Transfer Station May 14, 16, 17, 18

The Transfer Station is once again throwing open the hopper for your excess stuff during Spring Clean-up Week. No need for residents to have the special $5 special bulky waste sticker during this festive time.

Clean-up Week hours are Tuesday May 14 from 9am-7pm, Thursday May 16 from 9 am-7pm, Friday May 17 from 9am-2pm, and Saturday May 18 from 9am-5pm (regular open hours).

Stumps, leaves, pine needles, large drums, and closed metal containers are not accepted. All types of oil, including clean waste oil, are accepted.

Questions? Call the Transfer Station at 926-3145. The New Gloucester Transfer Station is located at 264 Bald Hill Road.

Public Forum: Learn about Town Charters and Hear from Candidates for Select Board May 15 at 6:30 pm

In June, New Gloucester voters will elect two members of the select board and vote on whether to establish a town charter commission. Come learn more about who and what you’ll be voting on. On Wednesday May 15, the New Gloucester Candidate/Referendum Issues Committee and Maine League of Women Voters will host a forum with Select Board candidates and an information session about town charters, starting at 6:30 pm at the Meetinghouse. The League will moderate, and the public is invited.

The evening will begin with a discussion about town charters: what they are and can do, and what the charter process entails. A forum with candidates for Select Board will follow. The four candidates running for two open seats have been invited to participate: Peter Bragdon, George Colby, Tammy Donovan, and Stephen Hathorne.

If you have questions for Select Board candidates or questions about town charters for charter panelists, submit your questions by email to newgloucesterquestions@gmail.com.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend this informative meeting from 6:30-9 p.m. May 15 at the Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road. 

Comprehensive Plan Update Committee Looking for YOUR Input

Calling all NG Residents – Now it’s your turn to give input to the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee.  After more than a year of research, meetings, and discussion, the committee is moving to the second, outreach phase of their work.  They used an on-line survey in fall 2018.  Scott Hastings, Town Planner, describes the 2019 process as a two-element outreach effort:

  1. A survey will be available online and in hard copy from April 22 through May 10.  Informational mailers will be sent to all residents by April 27.   The online survey can be accessed here.
  2. In-person interactive input with Hastings and Committee members:
    • May 1 with students at GNG High School. 
    • May 6 at Town Meeting, Memorial School Gym
    • May 7 through 10, Hastings will be available at the Meetinghouse to discuss the Plan.  The evening of May 9, some committee members will join him for an informal open house where you can find out more about the Comprehensive Plan.   

Check the NG town website and the informational mailer for more details. 

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GNG Production of Our Town – April 25, 26, 27 at 7 pm

Public Meeting – Lewiston/Auburn Passenger Rail Service Plan

Public Meeting
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Lewiston Library
Callahan Hall
6:00pm – 8:00pm

The Lewiston/Auburn Passenger Rail Service Plan Committee is hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 to discuss Service Scenarios for a passenger rail service between the communities of Lewiston/Auburn and Portland to present information to and gather feedback from the public regarding various scenarios. Click Here for meeting announcement.

Building upon the results of the ridership propensity analysis, which was developed as Phase 1 of this initiative, the group has focused on rail alignments and service levels which would support a high-frequency, commuter type rail service between the two regions. Route and station options, as well as potential schedules will be discussed as well as capital and operating cost estimates.

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Benefit for Good Shepherd Food Bank at Coolidge Family Farm

Join a fabulous team of vendors for an epic night benefiting the Good Shepherd Food Bank. Ticket price includes food trucks, dessert, music, and one beer ticket. Other drinks will be available through the purchase of drink tickets.

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Public information Meeting on Charter Process

A public meeting about the process by which New Gloucester residents may create and institute a town charter will be held this coming Thursday, March 21, at 6:30 PM in the vestry of the Congregational Church in the Lower Village.

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One Quick Correction to a Recent Post

Hope to see you at the St. Patrick’s Day breakfast at the Eagles Club by Sabbathday Lake this SUNDAY, March 17th from 8-11 am for a hearty breakfast. (Peter’s post was great, but unfortunately he mentioned that the breakfast would be on Saturday, which is incorrect.) See you there!