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
For generations, some town residents have cooled off at a small, private beach at the south end of Sabbathday Lake.
A developer who bought the property two years ago is creating a seven-lot subdivision on the opposite side of Sabbathday Road, and this spring he erected fences blocking access to the beach and posted “No Trespassing” signs.
Harvey Price, the town’s part-time recreation director, thanked selectmen, town employees and volunteers for their support during his seven years of town service.
Price’s last day of work is July 12, after which he and his family plan to move to Ohio.
“Make sure we don’t lose ground, and consider in the future impact fees for funding a future community building,” Price said. “For me, that playground project (at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds) is my greatest achievement.”
Price has been the town’s first recreation director, working two days a week.
Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ piece
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
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 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/
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!
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
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