Entries by Mary Grow

Solar power tops action at town meeting

by Mary Grow Guided by veteran moderator Richard Thompson, 81 registered voters, according to Town Clerk Cathy Coyne, took less than two hours to approve the first 63 articles of their June 3 and June 11 town meeting warrant as presented. The meeting is now in recess until 8 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, when polls […]

Taxes, assessments dominate selectmen’s meeting

by Mary Grow Taxes were the last, but not the least, item discussed at the June 10 China selectmen’s meeting. The bottom line: tax bills sent out late this summer will show increases in valuation and an increase in the rate, neither dramatically large. Tax Assessor William Van Tuinen is still working on local values […]

China selectmen review bids for outdoor summer work

by Mary Grow China selectmen spent most of their May 28 meeting reviewing bids for outdoor summer work, with mixed results. Their decisions annoyed a resident with a personal interest in the matter. The bid requests were in three categories, each subdivided: materials, equipment to be rented (with an operator) and mowing. Two contractors bid […]

Pfeiffer: School budget no impact on local taxes

by Mary Grow The good news about Vassalboro’s 2019-2020 school budget, which totals more than $7.7 million, is that it is more than $26,000 lower than the current year’s budget. It will have no impact on the local tax rate, and no adverse effect on local education. Superintendent Alan Pfeiffer said the major reason for […]

VASSALBORO: Planners approve three applications

by Mary Grow Vassalboro Planning Board members unanimously approved all three applications on their May 7 agenda, attaching a condition to one. Permits were approved for: Cornerstone Christian Fellowship on Riverside Drive to expand parking space, with work to be done in two phases. Thaddeus Clark to put a mobile home on an existing slab, […]

Selectmen, fire chiefs engage in heated debate over town funding

by Mary Grow China selectmen and fire chiefs went another round in their months-long disagreement at the May 13 selectmen’s meeting, with considerable shouting, many contradictions, some assigning of blame and eventually a partial clarification of positions, but no resolution. Town meeting voters annually approve money for the fire departments for operations and, in recent […]

Selectmen sign warrant for June 3, 11 town meeting

by Mary Grow At their May 2 meeting, Vassalboro selectmen signed the warrant for the June 3 and June 11 town meeting and discussed a proposal it includes asking voters to spend $1,000 to improve Soldiers Memorial Park in East Vassalboro (Art. 27). Selectman John Melrose came up with the park plan as part of […]