Entries by Mary Grow

China projects to keep town crews busy

by Mary Grow China selectmen’s decisions on bids for various projects around town will keep the town public works crew busy for the rest of the fall. At their Sept. 17 meeting, selectmen took two major actions. They accepted Bryce DeMerchant’s bid to dig a new Neck Road fire pond for $5,560, provided that the […]

Vassalboro planners approve lone applicant

by Mary Grow Vassalboro Planning Board members took about 10 minutes to approve the only application on their Sept. 4 agenda, commend the applicant for well-done paperwork and congratulate themselves on a record short meeting. David Tyrol has permission to tear down a two-story barn in the shoreland zone on his Dore Road property and […]

Selectmen answer questions about recycling

by Mary Grow Vassalboro trash hauler Tom Richards attended the Aug. 23 Vassalboro selectmen’s meeting to ask what he should tell his customers about the future of recycling as the town waits for the new Fiberight trash facility, in Hampden, to open. Selectmen said tell them steady as you go until everyone figures out what’s […]

Three selectmen attend workshop with town manager

by Mary Grow China Town Manager Dennis Heath and the three selectmen who attended the Aug. 24 workshop meeting came up with five local referendum questions the board might put to voters on Nov. 6. No decisions were made at the meeting, except that Heath is to draft possible ballot questions. Selectmen will decide whether […]

New causeway bridge gets all local permits

by Mary Grow China Planning Board members have approved the necessary local permits for the new causeway bridge at the head of China Lake’s east basin. At the Aug. 14 board meeting, members of the Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Committee that is heading up the entire causeway project summarized the plan to replace the existing […]

Selectmen set tax rate at 15.8 mils, down by 0.1 mils

by Mary Grow China selectmen have set the 2018-19 tax rate at 15.8 mils ($15.80 for each $1,000 of valuation), a decrease of 0.1 mil (or 10 cents per $1,000) from the 2017-18 rate. Town Clerk Rebecca Hapgood said after the decision at the Aug. 20 selectmen’s meeting she expects tax bills to be mailed […]

Selectmen set tax rate at 0.01545 mils

by Mary Grow As anticipated, Vassalboro selectmen have set the 2018-19 tax rate at 0.01545 mils, or $15.45 for each $1,000 of valuation. The new rate is an increase of 90 cents per $1,000 of valuation over the 2017-18 rate. At the Aug. 6 special selectmen’s meeting, Town Manager Mary Sabins said she expects tax […]

Planners approve town’s first medical marijuana storefront

by Mary Grow Vassalboro Planning Board members have approved the town’s first medical marijuana storefront, in one end of the ABC storage building on Route 3. Board members also had two shoreland applications on their Aug. 7 agenda. They approved one and tabled the other for more information.Bryan Moore and Wendy Ostrow explained their plan […]