By Ellie Fellers, Special to the Sun Journal – October 15, 2018
NEW GLOUCESTER — Selectmen on Monday evening voted unanimously to send the question of establishing a town charter commission to voters next June.
The request for a commission was presented to selectmen in August but tabled to the Sept. 16 meeting. That meeting was canceled because Chairman Steve Libby and Vice Chairwoman Linda Chase were absent, leaving the board without a quorum to conduct business.
Peter Bragdon told the board that if voters approved establishing a commission, six members would be elected in November. Three members would be appointed by selectmen.
Libby voted to put the question before voters.
“Let the people have their say. This will cost the town $4,490 for a minority of people,” he said.
That cost has not been verified. Continue reading
A forum for State Senate and House candidates was held at the Meeting House on October 9th, in two back-to-back sessions.Organized by the New Gloucester Candidates and Referendum Issues Committee in consultation with the candidates, each moderated session included a series of questions that had been submitted by community members, and a “voters’ voices” segment in which attendees posed questions from the floor.
The first session with House District 35 candidates Amy Arata and Misty Coolidge was moderated by John Salisbury. See the video: House District 35
The second session with Senate District 20 candidates Ned Claxton and Ellie Espling was moderated by Anne Gauthier Maurice. See the video:
Senate District 20
About 40 volunteers from as far away as Georgia spent the wet morning filling in ruts caused by vandals driving an automobile in circles two weeks ago.
“It’s a cold, wet day and we have a field full of people,” said Michael Graham, curator of the Shaker museum. Keep reading
Susan Percy, director of Smart Child and Family Services, discusses treatment foster care at a community potluck supper Oct. 6 at New Gloucester First Congregational Church.
Treatment foster care talk
Smart Child and Family Services was created in 1995 to support the functioning of foster families. Treatment foster parents provide care for children with emotional and/or behavioral health needs while their families work toward reunifying with them or other permanency options are explored.
Smart CFS Director Susan Percy addressed this topic at a community potluck supper held at the New Gloucester First Congregational Church Vestry on Oct. 6. She explained that the program’s goal is to provide a therapeutic, corrective family experience for children who have lived through abuse, neglect or other trauma. Treatment foster families work with community resources to promote the child’s social and emotional wellbeing.
Regarding eligibility guidelines to become a treatment foster parent, a candidate must be at least 21 years of age and own or rent their home. For more information, contact Percy at the Windham office at 893-0386.
To read Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-153/
The Town of New Gloucester is updating their comprehensive plan. This is a plan that looks to set goals and direction for the town. The current plan is from 1990 and a lot has changed since then! In order to update the comp plan we need to hear from you.
The town has a short survey available online that will give the update committee a sense of what is important to the people of New Gloucester. This will help guide the committee through the process and prioritize different elements. Click here and let us know what you think!
Keep an eye on the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee’s page on our website for materials generated by the committee and town staff.
Let other people know about the survey! Have your kids fill it out. Tell your friends. The more responses we get the better! Hard copies are available at the town office. IF you have any questions please contact the New Gloucester Town Planner, Scott Hastings (email@example.com, (207)926-4126Ex4).
The Portland Press Herald and the University of New England will host a gubernatorial debate on Wednesday, October 10 from 7 – 8:30 p.m., featuring candidates Alan Caron (I), Terry Hayes (I), Janet Mills (D) and Shawn Moody (R). The forum will be moderated by Carol Coultas, PPH Business Editor.
Bill Nemitz, PPH Columnist and Greg Kesich, PPH Editorial Page Editor, will serve as panelists.
Streaming live on pressherald.com
The Sun Journal is running a series of candidate profiles.
See profiles for our two House candidates, Amy Arata and Misty Coolidge:
And Senate candidates, Ellie Espling and Ned Claxton:
The four contenders are fielding questions on healthcare, the economy, Maine’s workforce and education at the Portland Regional Chamber event. Keep reading in Portland Press Herald.
Republican Amy Arata and Democrat Misty Coolidge have ideas for addressing the opioid crisis, and both support Medicaid expansion. Keep reading in Portland Press Herald
The hayfield destruction is the latest in a string of illegal dumping and vandalism that has plagued the historic 1,800-acre property over the past year. Keep reading in the Portland Press Herald.