Entries by Mary Grow

Vassalboro Tax rate set at 14.55 mils

by Mary Grow Vassalboro selectmen have set the 2017-18 tax rate at 14.55 mils, or $14.55 for each $1,000 of valuation, an increase of 50 cents per $1,000 over the 2016-17 rate. Town Manager Mary Sabins told board members at their Aug. 10 meeting the 14.55 mil figure is the lowest recommended by assessor Ellery […]

CHINA: Board approves codes officer’s request for fines

by Mary Grow China Codes Officer Paul Mitnik recommended and selectmen, at their July 24 meeting, accepted guidelines for monetary penalties for ignoring the state’s Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code (MUBEC) requirements. Mitnik’s major problem – which he said is infrequent – is that contractors or homeowners fail to call him for the inspections […]

CHINA NEWS: Selectmen split on new truck purchases

by Mary Grow China selectmen approved, barely, Town Manager Daniel L’Heureux’s recommendations on replacing two town trucks with new ones. At the July 10 selectboard meeting, L’Heureux said he had two bids on a tandem-axle plow truck and three on a one-ton single-axle plow truck. He recommended the following: An International tandem-axle, at a price […]

CHINA NEWS: Planners approve heating business expansion

by Mary Grow The three board members at the China Planning Board’s June 27 meeting unanimously approved the only application on their agenda, allowing Keith Knowles to enlarge his heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment business at 1097 Route 3. Knowles said the small addition on the back of the building will provide more office […]

Planners approve indoor licensed marijuana growing facility

by Mary Grow Vassalboro Planning Board members unanimously approved the town’s second locally-licensed indoor marijuana-growing facility at their Oct. 4 meeting. Applicant Mike Kelley represented half a dozen licensed caregivers who intend to grow marijuana in the former craft shop on Route 3, on property more recently the site of the MacKenzie Landscaping satellite business. […]