Entries by Mary Grow

China TIF committee agrees on two motions

by Mary Grow China’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Committee members agreed unanimously on two motions at their Dec. 4 meeting, including, conditionally, a recommendation to town selectmen. The recommendation to selectmen is to ask voters to appropriate $20,000 in TIF funds for the China LakeSmart program, after they clarify allowable uses of TIF money, specifically […]

CHINA: Committee recommends new forklift, pre-crusher compactor for transfer station

by Mary Grow China selectmen spent their Dec. 11 meeting looking ahead, including considering a Transfer Station Committee recommendation to buy equipment. Committee members recommended replacing the forklift and adding a new pre-crusher compactor in the 2018-19 fiscal year. Selectmen later discussed buying a new forklift immediately; the old one is rickety enough to create […]

Vassalboro: Residents hear update on ARI from speakers

by Mary Grow About 30 people gathered in the East Vassalboro Grange Hall for a Nov. 29 update on the Alewife Restoration Project (ARI), aimed at restoring alewife runs from the ocean into China Lake. Speakers focused on two obstacles, the Ladd and Box Mill dams. Presenters were Landis Hudson and Matt Streeter of Maine […]

Garage expansion OK’d by Vassalboro planners

by Mary Grow Presented with the previously-missing site plan, Vassalboro Planning Board members quickly and unanimously approved Michael Chick’s application to enlarge his garage on Burns Road, off Church Hill Road. At their regular meeting Nov. 9, board members ruled Chick’s application incomplete because it lacked an overall plan. They scheduled a special meeting for […]

China selectmen hold annual vision session: take no action

by Mary Grow On Nov. 27, China selectmen began their annual visioning session, at which board members informally discuss goals and priorities, with a list of two dozen items reviewed a year earlier. They added one short-term and three long-term items and found four items that have been or are being taken care of. The […]

Fire departments dominate China selectmen’s meeting

by Mary Grow China selectmen spent another 40 minutes at their Nov. 27 meeting talking with representatives of the three town fire departments about new ways of distributing the annual stipends from town voters. For many years the town has kept the departments’ money and paid bills as they’re submitted. This year, two changes overlap: […]

CHINA: TIF members postpone action on six items

by Mary Grow Members of China’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Committee postponed action on all six items on their Nov. 20 agenda. They scheduled another meeting for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, hoping the chairman and three other absent members will be able to attend. The seven members present Nov. 20 did not act on […]