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Gilles, Chase voted into seats on BOS

Newcomer Karen Gilles and incumbent Linda Chase were elected Tuesday in a three-way race for selectman. Their terms are for three years.

Gilles received 714 votes, Chase 596 and incumbent Stephen Hathorne 511. Keep reading

Local election results

Board of Selectmen
Linda Chase                   596
Karen Gilles                   714
Stephen Hathorne        511
Write-ins                          33
Blanks                             917

School Board
3-year term
Jason Hart                    1018
Write-ins                           12
Blanks                              360

Completion of 2019 term
Laura Sturgis                1016
Write-ins                           11
Blanks                              366

Question 1- MSAD 15 budget approval
Yes                                    944
No                                     377
Blanks                                58

Question 2- MSAD 15 validation continuance
Yes                                    920
No                                     388
Blanks                                 71

Water District trustee
Daniel Bannon                  65
Write-ins                              4
Blanks                                   4

Patti’s June 8 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Don Densmore of New Gloucester, a member of a volunteer construction team, works on the roof of the pavilion at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds on June 2. The pavilion is perched at the highest point of land in the area to afford parents a sentry post to keep an eye out for their children participating in recreational activities at the playground and athletic fields.

Fire-rescue open house

New Gloucester Fire-Rescue will be sponsoring an open house from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, June 18. All community members are invited to attend. Complimentary food will be served, demonstrations will be performed, and a baseball hat for each of the first 50 kids will be given out.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-144/

 

Your vote counts: Election Day June 12th

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!

BOS nixes constable appointment for animal control officer

Selectmen voted 4-0 Monday night not to appoint Animal Control Officer Richard Burton of Lewiston as a constable, because they want to research state law.

The document to authorize the constable appointment stated he would not carry a weapon, concealed or unconcealed, in the performance of his duties.

Burton said his request to be a constable was based on the need for expedited response times to animal calls, allowing him to have flashing blue lights on his vehicle and exceed the speed limit. He said he would not have law enforcement duties. Keep reading

Selectman Candidate Forum ready for viewing

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.

 

 

Selectmen Candidates Forum

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

 

 

Term limits raised again at town meeting

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 pass 2018-19 budget at May 7 town meeting

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

Patti’s May 11 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Serenity Klotzle, 7, who belongs to the New Gloucester Public Library’s 4-H group, covers the root ball of a newly planted Liberty Elm tree that she named “Elmie” on April 29. Her 5-year-old sister Haven looks on.

Liberty Elm takes root

The image of majestic elm trees arching over the streets of our hometowns changed significantly in the 1930s when Dutch elm disease decimated the elm population. Because of efforts by the nonprofit Elm Research Institute, disease-resistant trees have been developed. They have been given the moniker of the American Liberty Elm — named for the “Liberty Tree,” our country’s first symbol of freedom. The institute established its Liberty Tree Society program in 2009, and of the hundreds of thousands elms they have planted, 99 percent have survived.

New Gloucester Public Library purchased an elm from the Liberty Tree Society in Keene, New Hampshire. Trustee Robb Cotiaux traveled there to pick up the tree for planting, and he along with library 4-H member Serenity Klotzle installed the sapling on April 29. “Elmie” can be visited behind the gazebo and swing set.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-142/