The Planning Board has signed off on the town’s new public works facility, nearly a year after voters approved a $4.6 million bond proposal for the building.
Town Manager Carrie Castonguay said she hopes for construction to start in November.
The project, including a more than 19,000-square-foot garage and a 12,800-square-foot salt and sand shed, will be located behind the town’s existing Fire & Rescue building at 611 Lewiston Road. Keep reading
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An Occasional Column About New Gloucester Governance
By Penny Hilton
August 26, 2018
There are around 70 towns and cities in Maine governed by town charters, according to John Salisbury of the Sabbathday Lake area of New Gloucester. New Gloucester to date is not one of them, but maybe it should be – so let’s ask the voters.
That was the thrust of Salisbury’s comments at the microphone during the Audience Participation segment of the August 20 New Gloucester Selectmens’ Meeting.
But First, an old issue – Who really did what?
Actually, it wasn’t quite that simple. Continue reading
A former Selectboard member and several other residents are pushing for New Gloucester to form a commission to explore the creation of a town charter. Keep reading
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/