Entries by Mary Grow

VASSALBORO: Planners approve three applications

by Mary Grow Vassalboro Planning Board members unanimously approved all three applications on their May 7 agenda, attaching a condition to one. Permits were approved for: Cornerstone Christian Fellowship on Riverside Drive to expand parking space, with work to be done in two phases. Thaddeus Clark to put a mobile home on an existing slab, […]

Selectmen, fire chiefs engage in heated debate over town funding

by Mary Grow China selectmen and fire chiefs went another round in their months-long disagreement at the May 13 selectmen’s meeting, with considerable shouting, many contradictions, some assigning of blame and eventually a partial clarification of positions, but no resolution. Town meeting voters annually approve money for the fire departments for operations and, in recent […]

Selectmen sign warrant for June 3, 11 town meeting

by Mary Grow At their May 2 meeting, Vassalboro selectmen signed the warrant for the June 3 and June 11 town meeting and discussed a proposal it includes asking voters to spend $1,000 to improve Soldiers Memorial Park in East Vassalboro (Art. 27). Selectman John Melrose came up with the park plan as part of […]

Manager shares info about proposed waterfront land buy

by Mary Grow China Town Manager Dennis Heath shared information about the proposed waterfront land purchase with TIF (Tax Increment Finance) Committee members at their May 6 meeting. The local warrant for June 11 voting will include a request to appropriate $150,000, $125,000 from the lake access reserve fund and $25,000 from TIF funds, to […]

Public hearing set for May 23 on June ballot questions

by Mary Grow China selectmen dealt with a miscellany of business at their April 29 meeting. Town Manager Dennis Heath announced a public hearing on Monday, May 13, to discuss two June 11 local ballot questions. The hearing will be at 6:15 p.m. in the town office meeting room, before that evening’s selectmen’s meeting. The […]

Vassalboro selectmen review almost-final warrant draft

by Mary Grow Vassalboro selectmen spent most of their April 18 meeting reviewing the almost-final draft of the June 3 town meeting warrant, with a few other items briefly discussed. Town meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 3, at Vassalboro Community School, where voters will act on Articles 1 through 63, which include 2019-2020 […]

Vassalboro budget committee, selectmen agree on suggested expenditures

by Mary Grow Vassalboro Budget Committee members went through most of the proposed 2019-2020 municipal budget at their April 11 meeting, agreeing with the selectmen’s suggested expenditures. There was no dissent on any recommendation. Before any votes were taken, Lauchlin Titus, chairman of the board of selectmen, explained some of the issues selectmen had discussed […]

China budget committee acts on two proposed June expenditures

by Mary Grow China Budget Committee members have endorsed one of the selectmen’s two proposed June expenditures, by a split vote, and unanimously advised voters to disapprove the other. At their April 9 meeting, Town Manager Dennis Heath presented the questions approved by selectmen for a June 11 written-ballot vote: To see if voters will […]

Budget committee reviews updated draft of budget

by Mary Grow Vassalboro Budget Committee members reviewed an updated draft of the 2019-2020 municipal budget and re-discussed parts of the school budget at their April 4 meeting, but neither was the highlight. Lauchlin Titus, chairman of the Board of Selectman, shared excerpts from school evaluations in the town report for 1868 -1869, when Vassalboro […]