Entries by Mary Grow

Board begins preliminary school budget review

by Mary Grow Vassalboro School Board members began review of the preliminary 2019-2020 school budget at their Feb. 12 meeting, despite missing several major pieces. Superintendent Alan Pfeiffer, Principal Megan Allen and personnel from what used to be the Alternative Organizational Structure (AOS) #92 office presented four budget categories: athletics, special services, district technology and […]

Selectmen give thumbs down to request for food sovereignty ordinance

by Mary Grow Three of the residents who attended the Vassalboro selectmen’s Feb. 7 meeting brought specific requests; others came to catch up with local business. Selectmen unanimously approved two requests, with qualifications, and refused to act on one. Holly Weidner, a member of the informal East Vassalboro Village Area Association, asked that the speed […]

Selectmen complete work on town meeting warrant

by Mary Grow China selectmen completed their work on the warrant for the April 6 town business meeting at a Feb. 5 budget workshop, giving Town Manager Dennis Heath the direction he needed to draft the document. Heath quickly came up with a 29-article draft warrant. The first two articles ask voters to elect a […]

Budget committee agrees with selectmen on all but two articles

by Mary Grow China Budget Committee members agree with the board of selectmen on all but two of the money-related articles in the warrant for the April 6 town business meeting. At a Feb. 11 meeting, the six members present voted unanimously to support most proposed expenditures, including the major ones for the town administration, […]

TIF members approve proposed spending

by Mary Grow Members of China’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Committee approved their proposed 2019-2020 expenditures unanimously at a Jan. 28 meeting. The total to be taken from TIF revenues is a little more than $457,000. The largest amount, more than $200,000, is designated for Phase Two of the causeway road project at the head […]

Town manager presents detailed budget proposal; Final resident input tentatively set for Feb. 5

by Mary Grow China Budget Committee members and an audience that included town employees and volunteer firefighters heard Town Manager Dennis Heath’s detailed presentation of his proposed 2019-2020 budget at a Jan. 23 meeting. Heath gave selectmen the same information at their Jan. 17 budget workshop. Currently, selectmen are scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. […]

Selectmen give OK for appraisal on Bailey property

by Mary Grow At their Jan. 22 meeting, China selectmen unanimously authorized Town Manager Dennis Heath to have an appraisal done on part of Susan Bailey’s much-discussed property at the head of China Lake’s east basin. The manager expects the appraisal to give selectmen a basis for further negotiations with Bailey. Bailey owns two pieces […]