There are currently 4 openings on the Budget Committee. This is a very important committee that has a great deal of say In the budget that is sent to the voters. The committee will meet 4 or 5 times during the months of January and February. I enjoy serving on this committee and working with the department heads making sure the needs of the town are met. I hope there will be a full slate of volunteers. If you interested in serving applications can be downloaded or picked up at the town office.
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
At their Sept. 17 meeting, the Board of Selectmen tabled action on the issue of putting a question to the NG voters of whether they want to create a charter commission. (Please note that the Sept. 29 post “… whether or not the board would approve forming a charter commission to develop a proposed town charter that would go to voters for approval” is somewhat misleading.)
The action had been tabled until the October 1st Board Meeting pending a request to MMA about the procedure the Board needs to take to put the question on the ballot at the next regular election in June 2019. The Sept. 29 post is correct in stating that the Oct. 1st board meeting was cancelled.
Due to the unavailability of the chair and vice-chair, there will be no Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, October 1. Items that were to be on the agenda included an acceptable use policy for town committees to be present at the NG Farmers’ Market (they had been banned by the town manager); and whether or not the board would approve forming a charter commission to develop a proposed town charter that would go to voters for approval.
The Planning Board has signed off on the town’s new public works facility, nearly a year after voters approved a $4.6 million bond proposal for the building.
Town Manager Carrie Castonguay said she hopes for construction to start in November.
The project, including a more than 19,000-square-foot garage and a 12,800-square-foot salt and sand shed, will be located behind the town’s existing Fire & Rescue building at 611 Lewiston Road. Keep reading
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An Occasional Column About New Gloucester Governance
By Penny Hilton
August 26, 2018
There are around 70 towns and cities in Maine governed by town charters, according to John Salisbury of the Sabbathday Lake area of New Gloucester. New Gloucester to date is not one of them, but maybe it should be – so let’s ask the voters.
That was the thrust of Salisbury’s comments at the microphone during the Audience Participation segment of the August 20 New Gloucester Selectmens’ Meeting.
But First, an old issue – Who really did what?
Actually, it wasn’t quite that simple. Continue reading
A former Selectboard member and several other residents are pushing for New Gloucester to form a commission to explore the creation of a town charter. Keep reading
Foreclosed properties and bids on a public works dump truck and equipment, along with requests for bids on a bridge-and-dam engineering study and a library egress, dominated Monday’s meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
The board grappled with eight foreclosed properties under a new ordinance to collect back taxes from property owners in arrears, one since 1997. The eight owe the town a total of about $30,000.
Voters at the town meeting gave the board authority to sell foreclosed properties and approved an ordinance governing the process that includes efforts to work with owners before disposing of their properties. Keep reading