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Budget meetings cancelled til further notice

The Budget Committee has cancelled its meeting today (March 13) and the budget hearing and meeting scheduled for next week (Wed. March 20). Both will be rescheduled once the Public Safety budget figures have been finalized.

Comprehensive Plan Committee Update

The Comprehensive Plan Committee will be meeting this Thursday on March 14th at 6:30pm to look at transportation!

To see the agenda, maps, and other materials that the committee will be reviewing go to the committee’s page on the town website.
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New Gloucester Budget Getting Final Review Wed. March 13 — Sun Journal

By Ellie Fellers – Special to the Sun Journal – March 8

NEW GLOUCESTER — The Budget Committee will conduct a final review of the 2019-20 budget at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Meeting House.

The proposal stands at $3.03 million, not including a possible $700,000 for public safety. Projected revenues are $2.63 million.

The 2018-19 budget was $3.18 million.

The rescue budget is $180,430 and the Fire Department’s is $196,429 for a total of $376,859. Ambulance transport revenues are $97,500.

Other department amounts and comparisons to last year are: Administration, $323,000, an increase of $23,000; public works, $762,500, an increase of $31,623; parks and recreation, $139,000, an increase of $79,600; benefits, $198,000, an increase of $23,800; and insurance, $450,100, an increase of $14,250.

Keep reading Ellie Fellers’s report in the Sun Journal

NG Budget Committee Review Hits Pause as Selectmen Tackle Fire and Rescue Budget  

A budget-review season that was already challenging has been complicated by questions about the New Gloucester Fire and Rescue FY20 budget, raised by the Board of Selectmen on February 4.  At issue, whether the data and assumptions underlying the preliminary $490,000 NGFR budget were appropriate, and whether the current level of emergency response service and staffing is adequate.  While its analysis continues, the Board on February 8 set a placeholder amount of $700,000 for Fire and Rescue so that the Budget Committee could begin its advisory budget review.  The NGFR budget for the current budget year was $380,000. Continue reading

BOS confirms new Chief of Fire & Rescue

Selectmen on Monday affirmed that town firefighter Toby Martin has been hired as chief of New Gloucester Fire and Rescue.

Town Manager Carrie Castonguay, who hired Martin, said he will be paid $65,000 a year. He began his duties Feb. 25.

 Castonguay said Martin has 25 years of experience in fire and rescue services, and nationwide and state credentials. He earned a master’s degree in career and technical education from the University of New England in 2015. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ report in the Sun Journal.

Questions raised about NG candidates’ forum

Members of a town-appointed committee learned Monday that their request for $250 for posters to advertise public forums for town candidates may not be allowed.

Town Manager Carrie Castonguay said she sought a legal opinion from the Maine Municipal Association and money for political purposes is an open question.

Board of Selectmen Chairman Steve Libby, the liaison for the Candidates/Referendum Issues Committee, said, “The town should stay out of politics. It’s not the town’s job to educate the public on the candidates.” Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ report in the Sun Journal.

Opinion: Sabbathday Shores site plan changes should not be approved

New Gloucester resident John Salisbury writes:

On Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 7 p.m. the New Gloucester Planning Board will consider a request from Sabbathday Shores developer Allen Hamilton to change its approved subdivision plan.  The plan was originally approved as an “Open Space Subdivision” under the Town zoning ordinance.  An “Open Space Subdivision” as defined in the zoning ordinance is one where “… the principal purposes of conserving portions of the open space is the protection of natural resources such as wetlands, aquifers, steep slopes, wildlife and plant habitats, and stream corridors, open space uses in those portions may be limited to those which are no more intensive than passive recreation.” (underlined word provides emphasis). Continue reading

Nomination papers for Board of Selectmen and MSAD 15 Board of Directors released

Nomination papers for two three-year seats on the Board of Selectmen and three three-year terms on the SAD 15 Board of Directors are available at the town office.

Signed papers must be returned by 2 p.m. on Friday, April 12, for certification for the June 11 election.

There is also one three-year trustee seat available on the board of the New Gloucester Water District. Interested parties should contact the town staff to learn the proper protocol to follow.

Peter Bragdon announces bid for New Gloucester Selectmen on a promise of Trust, Transparency and Communication

Peter Bragdon announces bid for New Gloucester Selectmen on a promise of Trust, Transparency and Communication.

I am pleased to announce that I have taken out papers for Board of Selectmen for the Town of New Gloucester.    I must collect 25 signatures of valid voters to appear on the June Ballot.

I feel it is time to rebuild Trust, Transparency and Communication within the town government of New Gloucester.  It is apparent that there is a huge lack of trust and transparency and a major part of that is communication.    New Gloucester is a wonderful town and there are many great attributes to our community.   It is terrible to see a division between the leaders and the people. Continue reading

Town notified January 14th of rabid racoon


The Town of New Gloucester received notice on Friday, January 14th, from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, that there has been a case of animal rabies in a raccoon recently in the Town.   Please remember to stay clear of any animals you suspect that may be rabid and contact the Animal Control Officer if its a domestic animal or Inland Fisheries and Wildlife if its a wild animal.   Thank you.

Please call (207) 893-2810
This notice was posted on the town website’s Animal Control page. We learned of it from the NG Fire & Rescue’s Facebook page on Feb 18th.