Entries by Mary Grow

Planning board to hold public hearing on ordinance changes

by Mary Grow At their Jan. 15 meeting, China Planning Board members almost unscheduled, but then confirmed, their Jan. 29 public hearing on ordinance changes they would like selectmen to put on the warrant for the April 6 town business meeting. There are three categories of changes. Board members put two of them in final […]

Selectmen presented with preliminary warrant

by Mary Grow CHINA — The preliminary warrant for the April 6 town business meeting presented to China selectmen at their Jan. 17 budget workshop looks different from previous years’ warrants. Town Manager Dennis Heath has reorganized expenditure requests into 18 articles (numbers 3 through 20 in the first draft). Some have familiar titles, like […]

Board denies reduced valuation to ReVision Energy

by Mary Grow On a 2-1 vote, the China Board of Assessment Review denied a request to reduce the valuation on ReVision Energy’s community solar farm at Three Level Farm on Route 32 North. Four board members heard three hours of argument on the subject at a Dec. 18 meeting (see this article from Jan. […]

Manager presents proposed 2019 budget at meeting

by Mary Grow At a Jan. 11 meeting, China Town Manager Dennis Heath presented selectmen and budget committee members with proposed municipal budget articles for the April 6 town business meeting. The manager’s draft rearranges expenditure requests into what he sees as logical categories. One result is fewer articles. For example, instead of a warrant […]

Selectmen discuss public works, transfer station at length

by Mary Grow Much of the China selectmen’s Jan. 7 meeting was devoted to discussion of public works and the transfer station. Town Manager Dennis Heath and public works employee Shawn Reed announced that Gary Cummings is leaving this week after 18 years of service to the town. Heath showed selectmen the certificate of appreciation […]

China planning board reschedules meeting

by Mary Grow The China Planning Board’s Jan. 8 meeting was canceled due to weather conditions. The board is scheduled to meet Tuesday evening, Jan. 15, to finish proposed ordinance amendments to be submitted to voters at the April 6 town business meeting. A public hearing on the proposed changes is scheduled for Tuesday evening, […]

Manager meets with four committee chairmen

None see expenses increase over next year by Mary Grow As part of the planning process for China’s 2019-2020 budget, Town Manager Dennis Heath met briefly the evening of Jan. 2 with four of 17 committee chairs. Heads of the planning board, cemetery committee, China for a Lifetime committee and Emergency Preparedness committee were present. […]

Board not sure solar farm properly assessed

by Mary Grow CHINA — Almost three hours of discussion with three lawyers and one assessor left China’s Board of Assessment Review members informed about assessing the value of a community solar farm, but not ready to make a decision on whether the one in China is assessed fairly. The community solar array is located […]

Selectmen need more info on emergency dispatching

by Mary Grow Vassalboro selectmen spent the first third of their Dec. 20 meeting again discussing options and future costs for dispatching services for the town’s policeman, fire departments and first responders. They concluded they still lack enough information about county and state intentions to make a decision. “We’ve all been at meetings all week […]

Codes apprentice position to be re-advertised

by Mary Grow At a brief Dec. 21 meeting, China selectmen agreed unanimously to re-advertise the position of codes enforcement apprentice, offering more hours, to try to attract more candidates. Town Manager Dennis Heath told board members the original search for a person to work limited hours at a comparatively low rate brought four applications. […]