Board of Selectmen
Linda Chase 596
Karen Gilles 714
Stephen Hathorne 511
Jason Hart 1018
Completion of 2019 term
Laura Sturgis 1016
Question 1- MSAD 15 budget approval
Question 2- MSAD 15 validation continuance
Water District trustee
Daniel Bannon 65
Don’t forget that next Tuesday, June 12th, is Election Day. Tomorrow, June 7th, is the last day you can submit an absentee ballot (vote at Town Hall by 4 pm).
New Gloucester’s polling place is the NG Fire Station, 611 Lewiston Road, from 6 am to 8 pm. See the town website for information about ballots and referendum questions.
We’ll be using ranked choice voting for the first time. For NG voters, this will be used for Republican and Democratic primaries for governor. The League of Women Voters of Maine has produced a useful guide to the 2018 elections.
(Don’t miss the video with the Mardens Lady on ranked choice voting!
The new and improved (color corrected) version of the Selectman Candidate Forum video is now available on demand at https://newgloucester.viebit.com/player.php?hash=nVbkWpPneD34
This weekend the 56-minute program will be telecast on community access TV Channel 3 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., which is viewable by Spectrum Cable customers residing in Gray and New Gloucester.
Note that the only candidate who participated was Steve Hathorne; both Karen Gilles and Linda Chase had accepted the invitation to come but cancelled on the day of the forum. A second forum could not occur due to scheduling conflicts.
Meet the candidates for selectman this Thursday, May 31 from 7 to 9 PM at the Meetinghouse. Candidates are Linda Chase, Steve Hawthorne and Karen Gilles.
Community members have submitted questions which have been incorporated into the topic-based, moderated forum format. The audience can also ask questions live.
The Forum will be broadcast on Channel 3, and can be streamed after the event.
We hope to see you there!
The Candidates and Referendum Issues Forum Committee
Voters signed off on the coming year’s budget at the annual town meeting in New Gloucester Monday night, but not without some renewed debate over Selectboard term limits and firefighter compensation.
The $4.4 million fiscal year 2019 expense budget will result in an estimated 3.6 percent increase in the municipal portion of the tax rate over the current year, according to budget materials provided by the town for the May 7.
Coupled with expected SAD 15 and Cumberland County tax increases, the town projects the overall tax rate will increase 4 percent in 2019 from $15.60 per $1,000 valuation to $16.30. Keep reading
Voters at last Monday night’s annual town meeting approved all articles, including $142,560 for portable air packs for the Fire Department and $150,000 for a dump/plow truck.
Other expenditures authorized were $30,000 for a second exit for the library, $35,000 for bridge and dam engineering at Stevens Brook, and $37,500 for improvements to the Rowe Station Road tennis courts.
Voters rejected an amendment to the Management of Tax-Liened Property Ordinance, 26-47, which would have eliminated a payment plan for delinquent taxpayers. Keep reading
Voters at Saturday’s annual town meeting will decide on buying a plow truck, building a second exit for the library and improving tennis courts.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Monday at Memorial School, with voter registration at 6:30 p.m.
Among the spending proposals are purchasing self-contained breathing apparatus for the Fire Department, construction of a second exit for the New Gloucester Public Library, buying a dump/plow truck and making improvements to the Rowe Station tennis courts. Keep reading
The warrant for town meeting has been posted on the town’s website.
New Gloucester’s town meeting for 2018 will take place on Monday, May 7th at 7 PM at Memorial School on Intervale Rd. Voters are asked to arrive at 6:30 to check in.
Please review the warrant before the meeting, it’s your opportunity to participate in our local legislative process.
At their meeting Monday night, the Board of Selectmen voted 3 to 2 to overturn term limits for themselves. The item, which had not been on the public agenda, was introduced by Carrie Castonguay, town manager, after the meeting was underway. Head Selectwoman Linda Chase had contacted her Monday morning and asked her to consult with the Maine Municipal Association for a legal opinion on term limits, and the MMA attorney said she believed that a town charter was required for this to take effect. Vice-chair Steve Libby moved to uphold the MMA legal opinion and invalidate term limits, and directed the town manager to consult with the town’s attorney and report back to the board.
Action to establish term limits was introduced by citizen petition last year, and the town’s attorney reviewed and approved the language for the ordinance that was approved by voters 60 to 40-% at the 2017 town meeting. Linda Chase, who took out nomination papers despite being termed out of office this spring, voted along with Steve Libby and Lenora Conger to invalidate the ordinance. Libby and Conger’s terms would have been limited in 2019. Steve Hawthorne and Joe Davis were opposed. Watch the video of the meeting from about 58:00-1:14. (If you have trouble viewing the video from the link, go directly to the town website at www.newglocuester.com, scroll town on the left side to Public Cable video to find the April 2 Selectmen’s meeting.)
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.