Entries by Mary Grow

Vassalboro selectmen discuss delinquent personal property taxes

by Mary Grow Vassalboro selectmen started the new calendar year with a short Jan. 9 meeting that left them satisfied with most items discussed. The main dissatisfaction is with residents who ignore the state law requiring payment of personal property taxes on business equipment, from bulldozers to computers. Town Manager Mary Sabins is investigating the […]

CHINA: Budget draft renews conflict with fire departments

by Mary Grow The special China selectmen’s meeting Jan. 7, called to discuss the town conflict of interest policy and to give board members their copies of Town Manager Dennis Heath’s draft 2020-21 budget, turned out to be yet another round in the months-long argument between town officials and the volunteer fire departments. Heath, recovering […]

CHINA: New police chief, patrolman selected

by Mary Grow At a short Dec. 23 meeting, China selectmen appointed a town police chief and met and appointed a new patrolman. Craig Johnson, who has been serving in China’s part-time police department for almost two years, is the new chief. Town Manager Dennis Heath said the appointment means Johnson will be in charge […]

VASSALBORO: School agrees to cooperate with selectmen on solar power

by Mary Grow At their Dec. 17 meeting, Superintendent Alan Pfeiffer said, Vassalboro School Board members unanimously approved two motions to cooperate with the selectmen in developing solar power in town. The selectmen, on recommendations from the Solar Array Committee, previously agreed to invite the school department to join them in creating a solar project […]

Vassalboro selectmen OK request to allow fishway construction

by Mary Grow Vassalboro selectmen had a variety of ideas on their Dec. 12 agenda, and their reactions were similarly varied. They unanimously approved a request from Maine Rivers (leading the Alewife Restoration Project [ARI]), represented by Matt Streeter, to sign an access and construction license agreement allowing construction of a fishway at the town-owned […]

China TIF members recommend two expenditures

After the Dec. 9 TIF (Tax Increment Financing) Committee meeting, Chairman Frank Soares reported committee members recommended two expenditures of TIF money in 2020, in addition to those approved at previous meetings. Soares said China’s Thurston Park Committee, represented by Jen Smith, requested more than $20,000 to repair trails do tree work and buy a […]

China planners review two commercial plans

by Mary Grow With two newcomers, Randy Downer and Natale Tripodi, joining Tom Miragliuolo and Jim Wilkens (and continuing member Toni Wall absent), China Planning Board members began their Dec. 10 meeting by electing Miragliuolo and Wall co-chairmen. They reviewed two commercial plans, making no decisions on either. SunRaise Investments’ proposal for two solar arrays […]

China selectmen get updates from town departments

by Mary Grow China selectmen got updates on town departments at their Dec. 9 meeting and began making plans for 2020 and the new fiscal year that will begin in July. Transfer Station Manager Tim Grotton and Public Works Department Manager Shawn Reed each reported a pending resignation: Ronald Marois is leaving the public works […]