Entries by Mary Grow

Vassalboro planners OK re-opening repair garage

by Mary Grow After a thorough review and detailed information from applicant Olin C. Charette, Vassalboro Planning Board members unanimously approved his application to reopen his Riverside Drive repair garage, with vehicle sales and a state inspection station. Charette’s Weeks Mills Garage at 1499 Riverside Drive already has a junkyard permit that Codes Officer Paul […]

Vassalboro selectmen present proposal to budget committee

by Mary Grow At two early-March meetings, Vassalboro School Board members put their 2020-21 budget request into near-final form on March 3, and Vassalboro selectmen presented their proposed municipal budget to the budget committee on March 5. Discussions are scheduled to continue at a Thursday, March 12, budget committee meeting to consider parts of the […]

VASSALBORO: State Police to continue reduced rural patrols

by Mary Grow Before they met with the town budget committee, Vassalboro selectmen discussed other non-monetary and monetary items at their March 5 meeting. Following up on their Feb. 20 meeting with Kennebec County Sheriff Ken Mason (see The Town Line, Feb. 27), selectmen talked with Lt. Jason Madore of the State Police about local […]

China voting results from March 3 presidential primary

by Mary Grow Two of the three candidates for the vacant seat on the China Board of Selectmen were separated by a single vote at the end of March 3 voting. Town Clerk Becky Hapgood reported Janet Preston got 415 votes, Christopher Hahn 414 votes and Kevin Rhoades 299 votes. The votes were counted repeatedly, […]

In China, first of two solar projects gets approval

by Mary Grow After a Feb. 25 public hearing that lasted only a minute because no one in the audience asked to testify, China Planning Board members approved the first of two solar projects near Route 3, with three conditions. SunRaise Development LLC may place 17,800 3-by-5-foot solar panels on about 23 acres of Michael […]

CHINA SELECTBOARD: Study to be conducted on broadband availability

by Mary Grow Of the various decisions China selectmen made at their March 2 meeting, they hope one will affect every household in town. That one is the unanimous vote to contract with Mission Broadband, a telecommunications advisory company with a goal of bringing broadband service to unserved and underserved areas. Company representative John Daugherty […]

VASSALBORO: Policing in small towns facing changes; Sheriffs to take on increased responsibilities

by Mary Grow The Feb. 20 Vassalboro selectmen’s meeting began with a discussion with Kennebec County Sheriff Ken Mason, who said that Vassalboro and other small towns in Kennebec, Franklin and Hancock counties are facing changes in law enforcement assistance. Currently, personnel from the state police and the county sheriff’s offices take turns on rural […]

Dozens of people attend China selectmen candidates forum

by Mary Grow All three candidates in China’s March 3 special election for selectman, and an audience of more than three dozen people, turned out for the Feb. 23 candidates’ forum at the Albert Church Brown Memorial Library in China Village. The candidates, in alphabetical order, are: Christopher Hahn, a specialty contractor who does skylights […]

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 […]