Entries by Mary Grow

Planners approve camp expansion on Webber Pond

by Mary Grow For the second month in a row, Vassalboro Planning Board members commended the only applicants before them for a well-prepared application and approved it unanimously with only a brief discussion. Susan B. and Al Traylor’s plan to enlarge their camp at 54 Birch Point Road, on Webber Pond, met Vassalboro’s shoreland requirements, […]

Selectmen to open bids on tax-acquired lot; review emergency services, police

by Mary Grow Vassalboro selectmen begin their Thursday, Oct. 4, meeting with a 6:30 p.m. public hearing on amendments to the appendices to the General Assistance Ordinance. In a typical year, amendments slightly increase general assistance allowances, in conformity with state-wide changes. Other major business items on the Oct. 4 agenda include reviewing bids for […]

Five questions, candidates on China’s November ballot

by Mary Grow China voters have on their Nov. 6 ballots five referendum questions and in annual local elections one contest and two vacancies. The candidate list provided by Town Clerk Becky Hapgood shows four candidates for three positions on the Board of Selectmen. Incumbents Jeffrey LaVerdiere and Donna Mills-Stevens each seek another two-year term; […]

TIF members hear about alewife restoration project

by Mary Grow China TIF (Tax Increment Finance) Committee members heard a presentation on the China Lake alewife restoration project, or ARI (Alewife Restoration Initiative), at their Sept. 24 meeting, preliminary to an application for financial assistance expected at their Oct. 22 meeting. Landis Hudson, of Maine Rivers, Frank Richards, president of the Webber Pond […]

Decisions postponed due to lack of quorum at planners’ meeting

by Mary Grow CHINA — With only three of the six China Planning Board members present at the Sept. 25 board meeting, decisions were postponed on both topics discussed. Codes Officer Paul Mitnik recommends asking voters to approve amendments to the Land Use Ordinance, some merely clarifications, others more substantive. Board members will consider his […]

Better communication between agencies topic of Vassalboro selectmen’s meeting

by Mary Grow Communication was the theme at the Vassalboro selectmen’s Sept. 6 meeting, as board members talked with new Vassalboro School Superintendent Alan Pfeiffer and School Board Chairman Kevin Levasseur about better information-sharing between school and town officials and with Police Chief Mark Brown and audience members about Vassalboro’s law enforcement needs. Pfeiffer, newly-hired […]

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 […]