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Participate: nomination papers, committee volunteers, and public hearings

It’s a very busy season for town business. See the Town of New Gloucester web site:

Serve the community
• Run for office.
 Get your nomination papers (due back April 13th with signatures). There are two positions open on the Board of Selectmen, two MSAD 15 school board seats, one Water District Trustee. Elections are held in June.
• Serve on a committee The Candidates Forum committee needs members before it can convene and start planning for the fall Candidates Forum.
A new Ad hoc Public Works Construction Committee is also looking for members.

• Attend a public hearing about issues you care about
All public hearings take place at the Meeting House, next to Town Hall at 7 PM.

Monday, March 5th:
Three public hearings will take place as part of the Board of Selectmen’s regular meeting.
• Design, construction and financing of new Public Works facility.
•  Amendments to the Pineland Municipal Tax Increment Financing District and its development program
• Liquor license application for Black Tie, Inc., located at Pineland.

Tuesday March 6th: Public hearings on zoning ordinance changes including: •clarification of “community living arrangements” as relates to Day One’s new residential treatment facility
• changes to Village Zone boundaries in the Lower Village, and
• adoption of a “Planned Development” section. Documents are online under the Planning section, or call Planner Scott Hastings with any questions.

 

Patti’s Feb. 16 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Marc Richardson, of Freeport, gets ready to enjoy the perfect snow conditions blanketing the Pineland Farms’ cross country ski trails on Feb. 9. As a season’s pass holder, he said that he ventures out on the trails approximately three times per week. Photo by Patti Mikkelsen

Benefit ice fishing derby

The New Gloucester Eagles FOE #4131 will host a benefit ice fishing derby at Sabbathday Lake from 6 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, March 4. There will be a 50/50 raffle, as well as hotdogs and burgers sold on the ice.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for ages 15 and under. The price includes a buffet dinner and banquet following the event. A maximum of 200 tickets will be sold, and all proceeds will benefit the family of Rodney Theriault who died of renal cancer on Feb. 1.

For tickets, go to Mooney’s Bait Shop, 1235 Lewiston Road, New Gloucester; Dags Bait Shop, 4 Towle St., Auburn; or Jeff’s Bait and Tackle Shop, 136 Fore St., Oxford. For more information, call New Gloucester Eagles member Lloyd Tripp at 272-9535.

Within a telephone interview, Tripp provided a concise update on the beneficiary of the 2017 derby’s proceeds, Shayla McGraw who had received a kidney transplant last June. “She’s doing amazingly well,” he said.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-136/

New Gloucester Dems to Host Town Caucus, March 4

Retired physician Ned Claxton, a candidate for State Senate District 20, will be the keynote speaker at New Gloucester’s Democratic Caucus on March 4. Courtesy photo

The New Gloucester Democratic Committee will host its biennial town caucus on Sunday, March 4 at the Community Building, 381 Intervale Road, located behind Town Hall. Check in will begin at 3 p.m. and the caucus will start at 3:30 p.m.

The purpose of the caucus is to allow local voters to meet Democratic candidates for state and local offices, and to elect volunteers as state convention delegates. Also, town and county Democratic committee members will be elected, and election clerks will be nominated. Complimentary refreshments will be offered.

All New Gloucester Democrats are invited to attend. New voters, or those not already enrolled in a political party, may register as Democrats at the caucus. They should bring a photo ID and a printed item showing their current physical address; for example, rent receipt, utility bill, bank statement, etc.

Pre-registration at mainedems.org/caucus by Friday, March 2 is encouraged but not mandatory. For more information, contact caucus convener Nichole Stevens at 807-7694 or nicmitdsd@gmail.com.

NG Democrats to meet on Tuesday, Jan. 23

The New Gloucester Democratic Committee will be hosting a meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the Community Building, 381 Intervale Road, located behind Town Hall. The March 4 biennial caucus and other business will be on the agenda. All registered Democrats are invited to attend. Note that this meeting is not sponsored by the Town of New Gloucester. For more information, contact Nichole Stevens at (207) 807-7694.

Physician Edmund ‘Ned’ Claxton to run for state Senate seat being vacated by Eric Brakey

The Auburn Democrat will run against Republican Ellie Espling of New Gloucester for the open District 20 seat.

By Steve Collins – Sun Journal

AUBURN — A longtime physician hopes to win a state Senate seat this year in an open district that Republican Eric Brakey has represented for the past four years.

Edmund “Ned” Claxton, 68, said his familiarity with health care and the struggles of his patients give him a unique perspective that would benefit Mainers.

Read complete article at http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/03/physician-edmund-ned-claxton-to-run-for-state-senate-seat-being-vacated-by-eric-brakey/ 

 

How we voted

New Gloucester’s results mirror the rest of the state, with the casino going down to serious defeat, and the other three referendum questions passing. As reported on the town’s web site, here are the tallies of yesterday’s votes.

QUESTION 1
 (Casino)
  YES                 190
   NO                  1273
   BLANKS              4
QUESTION 2
 (Medicaid)
 YES                 735
 NO                  728
 BLANKS              4
QUESTION 3
(Bond Issue)
 YES                 871
 NO                  590
 BLANKS              6
QUESTION 4
 (Constitutional Amendment)
YES                 804
 NO                  615
 BLANKS            48
TOTAL VOTES CAST- 1467

Don’t forget to vote!

November 7th is voting day. While it’s an off-year with no state or federal election taking place, there are several referendum items on the ballot. You can vote three ways:
1) absentee ballot by mail– by requesting that the Town Office mail a ballot to you
2) go to Town Office and vote in person
3) go to the polls on November 7th at the fire station, 611 Lewiston Rd. Polls are open 6 am to 8 pm

Here are the questions on the ballot:

  1. Citizen Initiative
    Do you want to allow a certain company to operate table games and/or slot machines in York County, subject to state and local approval, with part of the profits going to the specific programs described in the initiative?
  2. Citizen Initiative
    Do you want Maine to expand Medicaid to provide healthcare coverage for qualified adults under age 65 with incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level, which in 2017 means $16,643 for a single person and $22,412 for a family of two?
  3. Bond Issue
    Do you favor a $105,000,000 bond issue for construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities or equipment related to ports, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, transit and bicycle and pedestrian trails, to be used to match an estimated $137,000,000 in federal and other funds, and for the upgrade of municipal culverts and stream crossings?
    Total estimated lifetime cost is $133,875,000 representing $105,000,000 in principal and $28,875,000 in interest (assuming interest at 5.0% over 10 years).
  4. Constitutional Amendment
    Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to reduce volatility in state pension funding requirements caused by the financial markets by increasing the length of time over which experience losses are amortized from 10 years to 20 years, in line with pension industry standards?

For more information on these questions, see http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/index.html

Garage contract signed, petition filed to reconsider vote

Selectmen voted 3-2 Monday night to authorize Town Manager Carrie Castonguay to sign the contract to build a public works garage.Meanwhile, a petition signed by 290 residents was filed with town officials this week asking for reconsideration of last week’s vote approving the $4.6 million project. The vote was 169-139. Keep reading

Medicaid Expansion Forum, Oct. 12

For those interested in learning more about ballot Question #2, regarding the expansion of Medicaid to provide health care coverage for low income individuals ….

…. PLEASE JOIN US!  7:00 PM on Thursday, October 12th at the First Congregational Church Vestry located at 19 Gloucester Hill Rd, New Gloucester, ME 04260.

There will be a panel of experts followed by a Q&A session: Ned Claxton, M.D., a doctor’s perspective; State Rep. Drew Gattine, a state legislative perspective; Charlie Dingman, Esq., a lawyer specializing in reimbursement, regulatory, and government contracting issues for a wide range of clients in the healthcare sector.

CANVASSING OPPORTUNITY: A New Gloucester canvass in support of Yes on 2 will also be taking place on Saturday, October 21st from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.  This will also be taking place at the First Congregational Church located at 19 Gloucester Hill Rd, New Gloucester, ME 04260.

“You took my vote away:” BOS hears from “four old ladies”

Selectmen on Monday night unanimously approved a special town meeting to vote on a $4.6 million garage and sand shed, after four “old ladies” spearheaded a petition drive. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ report in the SunJournal