Entries by Mary Grow

China TIF members get prelim preview of causeway project

by Mary Grow At their Nov. 4 meeting, China TIF (Tax Increment Financing) Committee members got a preview of the proposed new design for the second phase of the causeway project, which will extend the bridge replacement work at the head of China Lake’s east basin. Committee members also endorsed two requests for TIF funds […]

CHINA: Chadwick, Belanger win selectboard seats

by Mary Grow In Nov. 5 voting, China voters elected Irene Belanger and Wayne Chadwick to the selectboard and approved medical marijuana facilities in town as long as they are at least 1,000 feet from the property line of any pre-existing school. In a three-person contest for two seats on the selectboard, Chadwick got 494 […]

Excise tax fees to increase; selectmen postpone decision on compactor replacement

by Mary Grow Vassalboro selectmen dealt with a variety of issues and made several decisions at their Oct. 29 meeting, although they postponed the most expensive topic for further discussion. By unanimous votes, the three board members: Approved the state-allowed increase in motor vehicle registration fees, from $3 to $5 for a re-registration and $4 […]

China planners suggest ordinance amendment on board selections

by Mary Grow China Planning Board members met Oct. 22 with two possible ordinance changes on their agenda, amending the planning board ordinance to have members appointed rather than elected and trying to make one of the criteria for commercial development in the Land Use Ordinance easier to enforce. Additionally, Codes Officer Bill Butler said […]

Breton rebutts candidates’ statements

by Mary Grow After completion of the agenda at the Oct. 23 China selectmen’s meeting, Selectman Ronald Breton rebutted comments made by board candidates Todd Tolhurst and Wayne Chadwick at the Oct. 20 candidates’ forum (see The Town Line, Oct. 24, 2019). Speaking for himself only, Breton said: Executive-session discussions are allowed and justified to […]

China’s comprehensive planning committee wrapping up duties

by Mary Grow On Oct. 23, China Comprehensive Plan Committee members held what might be their final meeting until they review a draft revised comprehensive plan early in 2020. The Oct. 23 topics were natural resources, farmland and forestry. Two chapters in the 2008 plan remain to be reviewed, those dealing with public facilities and […]

CHINA: Two-sided local ballot for November 5

by Mary Grow China voters have a two-sided local ballot to fill out Nov. 5: local elections on one side, local referendum questions on the other. The first four referenda are intended to comply with state law requiring municipalities to “opt in” before anyone may open a new medical marijuana facility. The questions ask if […]