Tag Archives: local government

“Vote Yes” signs stir ethics controversy

An Augusta construction company paid for 150 signs urging New Gloucester residents to vote yes on building a controversial public works garage — a $4.6 million building the company had a contract to build if the voters approved the project. Keep reading

Voters OK funds for new garage

Residents on Monday night narrowly voted to fund a new six-bay town garage and salt shed at 611 Lewiston Road. The secret ballot vote was 168-138.The thirty-vote margin came after voters argued about safety, site location choice and impact to taxes. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ story in the Sun Journal.

Patti’s Oct. 13 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Callie Kimball

Callie Kimball, a longtime member of The Friends of the Shakers, volunteers at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village’s Harvest Festival by serving barbecue pulled pork sandwiches to the throngs of visitors in attendance on Oct. 7. Kimball is a resident of Cape Elizabeth.

Women’s suffrage talk

Family historian Anne Gass will speak on “Women’s Suffrage in Maine and the USA” at the Thursday, Oct. 19, meeting of the New Gloucester Historical Society, beginning at 7 p.m. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road. Refreshments will be served.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-126/

Salt pile raises concerns

Resident Dennis McCann told selectmen at their meeting on October 2nd that he’s concerned that a salt pile and truck-washing outside the town garage is leaching salt into the ground. Keep reading in Sun Journal

“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

Patti’s Sept. 15 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Mystery story

“The Explosion So Many Never Heard” is the title of a talk by Dr. Steve Rogers, retired Department of Justice historian, to be given beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road. The presentation, sponsored by the New Gloucester Historical Society, is free and open to the public.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-121/

Selectboard firming up plan for public works garage

By Matt Junker of the Lakes Region Weekly – August 18, 2017

Selectboard firming up plan for public works garage – Keep Me Current

NEW GLOUCESTER —The Selectboard has tentatively decided to ask voters to approve building a $4.6 million public works garage at 611 Lewiston Road, along with a 25-year bond term to pay for it.

During a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 15, three of the New Gloucester board’s five members signed off on draft language for Article 3 of the Sept. 18 town meeting warrants. The language still needs to be finalized by the board and requires voter approval at the town meeting to become a reality.

Keep reading http://news.keepmecurrent.com/selectboard-firms-up-plan-for-public-works-garage/

GPCOG dues doubling

Selectmen were told at their August 7th meeting that membership dues for the Greater Portland Council of Governments will double in the next two years to more than $10,000. Executive Director Kristina Egan said the 26 member towns will face higher fees as part of a strategic plan to strengthen and enhance services and because the organization’s procurement program has been operating in the red for many years. Keep reading

Plans laid out for New Gloucester garage, salt shed | Sun-Journal

Ellie Fellers – Special to the Sun Journal | Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 11:10 pm


NEW GLOUCESTER — Public Works Director Ted Shane told residents Wednesday night that he supports building a six-bay public works garage to keep town equipment under cover.

“I’m not a fan of leaving vehicles outside,” he said. “The life expectancy is longer with the six-bay garage over the five-bay garage and will provide security, too.”

Wednesday’s meeting was the first of two on building a six-bay garage for $4.6 million or a five-bay garage for $4.3 million, and an 80- by 160-foot salt shed. The site for both structures is 611 Lewiston Road.

The site is 25 acres and was chosen from among six because it’s got the Fire Department building, has adequate space, suitable soils and slopes, and has the greatest potential for shared services. The site also has an approved road entrance permit off Route 100 issued by the Maine Department of Transportation.

The town garage and salt shed in Upper New Gloucester has cracked load-bearing walls and crumbling masonry blocks. In addition, roof and wall leaks, and water damage and lack of insulation make working conditions difficult. The building is undersized with outdated mechanical systems and drainage problems, along with driveway safety issues. Continue reading

New Gloucester Business of the Month

Business of the Month Ad

Business of the Month

The New Gloucester Economic Committee announces a new initiative: the recognition of local businesses by featuring them on a Business of the Month display at the Town Hall. The display area is located on a new bulletin board situated on the wall to the right as you enter the building.

The aim of the display is to recognize businesses that contribute to the local economy and the overall quality of life of the town in terms of services offered and employment opportunities. The committee is especially interested in showcasing homegrown businesses that sell locally grown or produced wares. If you are interested in being featured, or would like more information, contact Town Planner Will Johnston at 926-4126 ext. 4 or wjohnston@newgloucester.com.