Entries by Mary Grow

Public works to get new tractor and attachments

by Mary Grow China selectmen voted unanimously to buy the public works department a new Ventrac tractor with equipment for bush hogging, sweeping and plowing South China’s sidewalks. The negotiated price of $44,000 will come from the reserve fund voters created to buy capital equipment. Before acting at their Oct. 29 meeting, selectmen carefully reviewed […]

Four residents attend referendum public hearing

by Mary Grow The four people who attended the China selectmen’s Oct. 25 public hearing on China’s Nov. 6 local referendum questions had plenty of time to get their questions answered and their comments noted. The hearing was recorded as a video; people with the right computer equipment should be able to view it by […]

Candidates state their positions on local issues at public forum

by Mary Grow The Oct. 28 China candidates’ forum at the China Village library gave the four candidates for three seats on the Board of Selectmen, plus retiring Selectman Neil Farrington, a chance to talk about their visions for the town’s future. After introductory statements, a question and answer session led to expanded answers and […]

Question on Bailey property purchase put to rest

by Mary Grow At their Oct. 22 meeting, China Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Committee members finally put to rest the question of whether to recommend that voters buy Susan Bailey’s property near the head of China Lake’s east basin. Their decision: no. The property consists of a small parcel across Causeway Street from the boat […]

Law enforcement tops selectmen’s agenda

by Mary Grow Vassalboro selectmen continued discussion of local law enforcement at their Oct. 18 meeting. The topic was first raised several meetings earlier by board member John Melrose. Melrose thinks calling the town’s policeman, currently Mark Brown, the police chief is misleading, because he is in charge of no other officers and works part-time, […]

School board members continue information sharing

by Mary Grow Vassalboro School Board members continued information-sharing between town and school officials at their Oct. 16 meeting, inviting the board of selectmen – represented by John Melrose – to talk about mutually relevant issues. Now that the school is part of the town instead of in a regional school unit, selectmen think more […]

Planners act on questions postponed from last meeting

by Mary Grow Although only four of the six China Planning Board members were present at the Oct. 9 board meeting, they tackled multiple questions left undecided at their previous meeting because only three members were able to attend. The longest discussion was over an essentially procedural issue: after the board reviews an application for […]

Public hearing on local ballot question planned

by Mary Grow China selectmen have scheduled a public hearing on six Nov. 6 local ballot questions for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in the town office meeting room. The questions ask if China voters want to: Repeal the Quorum Ordinance; Ask the Maine legislature for an exemption from the requirement that all municipalities collect […]

Selectmen choose to spend more than voters approved

by Mary Grow At their Oct. 15 meeting, China selectmen approved spending more than voters authorized for two different town problems. They took the major over-expenditure, in the legal account, from the legal reserve fund set up for such situations, and the minor one from the $55,000 contingency fund voters gave them at the March […]