Thank you to everyone who took the survey! The Comprehensive Plan Committee will be review the results at their meeting tonight. A summary of the results has been posted to the town website on the committee’s page. Take a look!
Tonight the committee will look at these results and work on a draft vision statement for the plan. They will also be discussing scheduling in 2019 and the possibility of having a few more meetings as we start digging into the various topic areas we need to cover. Keep an eye on these emails for more information on which topics we are talking about when and how you can provide input to the committee!
If you are interested in the committee’s meetings they are open to the public, broadcast on the local TV channel, and the videos are archived on the town website. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or other input you have to give.
Scott Hastings, Town Planner
Town of New Gloucester
385 Intervale Road
New Gloucester, ME 04260
207-926-4126, Ext. 4
Ellie Fellers reports: Selectmen learned Monday night a 9-year-old dump truck with a life expectancy of 15 years has a cracked engine block requiring $36,300 in repairs.
“I don’t know how this happened,” Public Works Director Ted Shane said.
The cost to replace the truck is about $185,000, compared to $100,000 when the truck was purchased. Keep reading in Sun Journal
Channel 3 becomes 1302
Effective Nov. 13, local access NGTV Channel 3 will be changed to Channel 1302.
Gray Community TV Channel 2 will be Channel 1301, and Portland’s Community TV Network Channel 5 will be Channel 1303. These channels will be carried in the basic service tier.
Spectrum is converting TV service to 100 percent digital format. Customers will be required to have a Spectrum receiver on each TV. If you have an existing set-top-box, digital transport adapter (DTA), or retail device with a CableCARD on each TV, you will be unaffected by this change. Otherwise, to order your Spectrum receiver(s), go to www.Spectrum.com/digitalnow or call 1-844-278-3409 and a self-installation kit will be shipped to your home at no additional cost. You can also visit the Windham, Saco, Lewiston or Portland Cable Stores to pick up your equipment. Customers are eligible to receive a converter at no additional charge for a limited period of time. If customers have TV(s) without equipment issued by Spectrum, they will lose the ability to view channels.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-155/
NEW GLOUCESTER – Selectmen on Monday approved two change orders for the $4.6 million public works facility at 611 Lewiston Road.
Ganneston Construction of Augusta plans to begin this week with a logging operation at the 25-acre site shared with the New Gloucester Fire and Rescue Department. Keep reading in the SunJournal.
THEY SAID YES, BUT…
So on October 15 the New Gloucester BOS voted to send the question of whether or not the town wants to start the process of creating a Town Charter to the voters.
ARE YE FOR OR AGIN?
One thing everyone agreed on at the meeting was that there will have to be a lot of education done on what a town Charter is before New Gloucester voters decide next June whether to start the process.
Peter Bragdon, one of the town residents who asked the BOS to put the question to the people rather than require the original interested group to collect 600+ signatures to force the issue, explained that he himself had been against a town charter for years – till learning more about what that meant. “I had incorrect information,” he told the BOS. “Now I am for a charter.” Continue reading
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.