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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.

Patti’s July 7 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Serenity and family

Serenity Klotzle, with microphone, shows the family dog, Greta, at last year’s Pet Show, sponsored by the New Gloucester Public Library. Her mom and sister, Elizabeth and Haven Klotzle, look on. This year’s Pet Show is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11. 

Pet show

Would you like to show off your beloved animal and meet other interesting pets? Come to the New Gloucester Public Library, 379 Intervale Road at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11, for the 15th annual Pet Show.

All pets are welcome to attend for socializing and species-appropriate snacks. Light refreshments will be served for the human types. A representative from the GNG Animal Hospital will be on hand for a fun presentation. Two K9 handlers from Maine Search and Rescue Dogs also will give a presentation and demonstration.

For more information, contact Carla at 926-4840. Registration is appreciated.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-116/

BOS delays paving contract

Selectmen on Monday evening held off awarding a paving contract until they get clarification on a 1 percent surcharge to contractors who participate in Greater Portland Council of Governments’ bid program. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ report in the SunJournal.

Election results

According to numbers posted on the town web site, Joe Davis was elected to the Board of Selectmen, with 311 votes. Doug McAtee had 133 write-in votes, and 36 ballots were blank. Gary Harriman was re-elected to the MSAD 15 School Board with 55 votes. Laura Jane Sturgis recited 9 write-in votes. 416 ballots were left blank. For the Water District, 8 people each received 1 write-in vote, leaving no winner. The school district budget passed with a 303 to 170 vote. The state bond issue failed with a vote of 223 yes and 253 no.

Patti’s June 9 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Shaker Village music festival

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village presents the 12th annual Maine Festival of American Music on Wednesday, June 21-Saturday, June 24. The Shakers host the festival with all concerts taking place in their 1794 Meeting House, one of Maine’s most beautiful and acoustically superb venues for vocal and instrumental performances.

The concert lineup consists of The Portland String Quartet, Kevin Siegfried & The Portsmouth Singers with Brother Arnold Hadd, and the Don Roy Trio. Purchase tickets online at www.maineshakers.com or call 926-4597 to charge by phone. A free Master Class Workshop Performance is scheduled from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, June 23, which is open to the public.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-107/

Castonguay officially appointed town manager

At their June 5th meeting, Selectmen officially appointed Carrie Castonguay as town manager for the rest of this fiscal year, which ends June 30. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ report in the SunJournal.

Board welcomes new town manager

Selectmen welcomed Town Manager Carrie Castonguay to her first meeting with the board Monday, the day she started her new job. Keep reading in Sun Journal.