Entries by Mary Grow

Vasssalboro planners approve three applications

by Mary Grow Vassalboro Planning Board members unanimously approved all three applications on their Sept. 7 agenda, including what board Chairman Virginia Brackett said was the fourth application presented for a solar array in town. The board previously approved a solar farm on Route 32 between North and East Vassalboro, which has been built. An […]

CHINA: Broadband ballot question over 200 words long

by Mary Grow China selectmen learned at their special meeting Sept. 2 that it takes at least two lawyers to draft a proper ballot question asking voters if they will authorize selectmen to issue a bond – and a third lawyer to explain the result. The local referendum question China voters will be asked to […]

Vassalboro voters to decide mass gathering ordinance

by Mary Grow Vassalboro voters will have a chance to approve or reject a Mass Gathering Ordinance at the polls on Nov. 2. Selectmen unanimously approved the proposed new ordinance at their Sept. 2 meeting, after reviewing and mostly accepting town attorney Kristin Collins’ recommended changes to the draft Town Manager Mary Sabins and Selectman […]

Demolition debris fees to be raised at China transfer station

by Mary Grow A majority of China Transfer Station Committee members recommended at the Aug. 24 meeting that selectmen increase fees for disposal of demolition debris, and selectmen agreed at their Aug. 30 meeting. Committee members reviewed the current fee schedule (available on the town website, www.china.govoffice.com) with two goals in mind: to ensure that […]

China TIF committee spends lots of time on legal issue of remote meeting policy

by Mary Grow Members of China’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Committee spent much of their Aug. 23 meeting trying to understand the state-required policy on board and committee meetings that are not entirely in-person. Pre-Covid, Town Manager Becky Hapgood explained, the state right-to-know law assumed, and required, that when a board or committee met, members […]

CHINA: Town receives two bids on Lakeview Drive lot

by Mary Grow China selectmen had two bids on the town’s Lakeview Drive property to review at their Aug. 30 meeting. Voters at the June 8 town meeting authorized them to sell the almost 40 acres of land on the east side of the road opposite The Cottages at China Lake. A group called People’s […]