Entries by Mary Grow

Selectmen agree to purchase property at head of lake

by Mary Grow China selectmen have agreed to spend money to advance one town goal and perhaps to spend more in the future to advance a second goal. After discussion in executive session at their March 18 meeting, the four board members present voted unanimously to pay Susan Bailey $7,500 for her piece of land […]

Selectmen discuss sidewalks, sewer fees, solid waste and dam management

by Mary Grow Vassalboro selectmen’s March 7 topics included sidewalks, sewer fees, solid waste hauling and dam management. The sidewalk discussion related to state plans to rebuild Route 32, tentatively in 2021 or 2022. The question was whether sidewalks in the built-up sections of North and East Vassalboro would increase safety and convenience compared to […]

Budget committee absorbs much information at meeting

by Mary Grow Vassalboro Budget Committee members absorbed much information and many opinions at their March 5 and March 7 meetings, though they are well short of overall budget figures needed to begin making recommendations to voters. The total budget for the current (July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019) fiscal year is somewhat under […]

Planners give thumbs up to school gym expansion

by Mary Grow China Planning Board members have unanimously approved an enlargement of the China Middle School gymnasium. RSU (Regional School Unit) #18 Superintendent Carl Gartley said he hopes work will start as soon as school ends in June and be mostly done when school reopens in September, though it might run into October. At […]

Selectmen OK two TIF board recommendations

by Mary Grow At their March 4 meeting, China selectmen unanimously approved two Feb. 25 recommendations from the TIF (Tax Increment Finance) Committee. They authorized Town Manager Dennis Heath to negotiate with Susan Bailey to buy her small piece of land across Causeway Street from the boat landing, and to pay a bill from Comprehensive […]

TIF committee gives manager OK on land offer

by Mary Grow China TIF (Tax Increment Finance) Committee members held a short Feb. 25 meeting, with decisions made on two agenda items and absences blocking progress on two others. By unanimous votes, committee members: Authorized Town Manager Dennis Heath to request that selectmen make an offer to Susan Bailey for the small piece of […]

Vassalboro selectmen ready to forward budget to committee

by Mary Grow Vassalboro selectmen wrestled with the 2019-2020 municipal budget for three hours at their Feb. 21 meeting. They concluded they were ready to forward it to the budget committee, whose members will review the selectmen’s figures before a final budget goes to voters at the annual town meeting in June. The first budget […]

China selectmen put warrant in final form

by Mary Grow China selectmen put a 31-article warrant for the April 6 town business meeting in final form at their Feb. 19 meeting, though Town Manager Dennis Heath made a couple of minor wording changes after the meeting. The town meeting opens at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at China Middle School. At 8:50 […]