Entries by Mary Grow

China Budget Committee makes final budget recommendations

by Mary Grow China Budget Committee members and selectmen have made their final recommendations on the warrant for the April 4 town business meeting, agreeing to disagree on two of the 28 articles. Pay for three town employees was a major discussion topic at several meetings of each board. Town Manager Dennis Heath recommended making […]

Vassalboro selectmen discuss TIF spending for next year

by Mary Grow The major topic at the Vassalboro selectmen’s Feb. 11 meeting (rescheduled from the previous Thursday evening due to bad weather) was how to spend Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds next year. Vassalboro’s TIF document lists the Alewife Restoration Project (ARI) and the Vassalboro Sanitary District (VSD) connection to Winslow as two major […]

Solar farm group reveals plans for Windsor Road project

by Mary Grow China Planning Board members heard more information about the proposed solar development off Windsor Road, plus comments from neighbors, at their Feb. 11 meeting. They scheduled a Tuesday, Feb. 25, public hearing on the proposal to let more residents weigh in; the hearing will be at 6:30 p.m. in the town office. […]

Vassalboro planners OK replacement of power poles

by Mary Grow Central Maine Power Company’s plan to replace power poles and lines between McCoy’s Substation, in Vassalboro, and the Augusta East substation got approval from the Vassalboro Planning Board at a Feb. 4 meeting, but still awaits state action, company spokespeople said. The map accompanying their presentation to the planning board shows McCoy’s […]

CHINA: Committee reviews budget recommendations

by Mary Grow China Budget Committee members reviewed the town manager’s and selectmen’s recommendations for 2020-21 municipal expenditures at their Jan. 30 meeting. Their discussion again touched on the controversial stipends for volunteer firefighters, and in other areas suggested potential disagreement with the selectmen. Another question raised Jan. 30 is how warrant articles will be […]

China planning board discusses three projects on Rte. 3

by Mary Grow China Planning Board members continued discussion of three pending projects near Route 3 at their Jan. 28 meeting. All were discussed at the board’s Dec. 10, 2019, meeting (see The Town Line, Dec. 19, 2019). None was ready for final action at the January meeting. Jamie Nichols’ application for a self-storage facility […]

Vassalboro selectmen OK RFPs for solar energy project

by Mary Grow At their Jan. 23 meeting, Vassalboro selectmen unanimously approved a request for proposals (RFP) for a solar energy project for the town, including the school department and the Vassalboro Sanitary District. The RFP was prepared by the Solar Energy Project Committee; committee chairman, Selectman John Melrose, said Sanitary District and school officials […]