Entries by Mary Grow

China residents seem to be doing fine during crisis

by Mary Grow China selectmen held their first virtual meeting March 30, with three members joining Town Manager Dennis Heath at the town office and two calling in. The main purpose of the meeting was to pay the usual two weeks’ worth of bills. At Board Chairman Ronald Breton’s request, Heath provided updates on coronavirus […]

China Manager: virtual meetings considered public & legal

by Mary Grow At China’s March 26 Broadband Committee’s virtual meeting, Town Manager Dennis Heath and committee members explained how virtual meetings are temporarily considered public and therefore legal. The difference is Governor Janet Mills’ declaration of an emergency, committee member Jamie Pitney said. Normally, only a few state agencies were allowed to hold some […]

Michigan group plans high-rise housing in China

by Mary Grow DeMiHuGi Developers, of Detroit, Michigan, filed permit applications with the Maine environmental protection and transportation departments on April 1, for a 28-story luxury housing complex, to be built on an artificial island at the Narrows on China Lake. The complex will be accessed by a causeway connecting the end of Neck Road […]

Vasalboro public works foreman presents budget request

by Mary Grow Vassalboro Budget Committee members spent most of their March 12 meeting talking with Public Works Foreman Eugene Field about his 2020-21 plans and budget request, a major piece of the annual municipal budget. Also considered was a request from the Vassalboro Historical Society for the usual $2,500 appropriation plus $5,000 toward a […]

CHINA: Self-storage facility gets approval

by Mary Grow China Codes Officer William Butler reported the planning board, meeting March 10, approved Jamie Nichols’ application for a self-storage facility on Vassalboro Road. Nichols amended his application by adding more phosphorus treatment and reducing the amount of impervious surface to bring the facility into compliance with China’s phosphorus run-off regulations. The board […]

China annual town meeting rescheduled to May 2

by Mary Grow At their March 16 meeting, China selectmen unanimously approved Town Manager Dennis Heath’s recommendations for balancing staff and residents’ safety with necessary town services in the coronavirus age. The goal of the proposals Heath, Emergency Preparedness Committee members and others developed is “to not create mass hysteria, but show people that we’re […]