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China committee takes first look at 2021-22 budget

by Mary Grow China Budget Committee members held their first meeting on the proposed 2021-22 town budget Wednesday evening, Feb. 10. Town Manager Becky Hapgood presented the selectmen’s recommendations, expecting no immediate decisions. Four topics drew brief discussion. Committee member Elizabeth Curtis queried the request for funds for a building in the China School Forest […]

China planners defer to next meeting

by Mary Grow Three China Planning Board members at the Feb. 9 board meeting spent another hour discussing a proposed solar ordinance and whether additional language about shoreland stabilization should be added to town regulations (see The Town Line, Feb. 4). At the suggestion of Vice-Chairman Toni Wall, acting as chairman in Randy Downer’s absence, […]

China broadband committee reviews three bids for expanded service

by Mary Grow Members of China’s Broadband Committee (CBC) displayed impressive technological understanding as they reviewed summaries of three bids for expanded and improved broadband service in town at their Feb. 11 meeting. Tod Detre, not hesitant about answering technical questions, admitted that “my eyes glazed over” as he tried to read some of the […]

Vassalboro selectmen approve firefighters Cost Recovery contract plan

by Mary Grow Vassalboro Fire Chief Walker Thompson and semi-retired lieutenant/board of directors vice-president Michael Vashon joined town selectmen at their Feb. 4 virtual meeting to discuss a proposal to contract with Cost Recovery, a firm that seeks compensation for firefighters’ expenses from insurance companies. Vashon said the department would submit estimates of firefighters’ and […]

China selectmen make final two decisions on budget

by Mary Grow China selectmen have made the last two decisions to put their 2021-22 budget recommendations in final form, ready for budget committee review. At a special meeting Feb. 8, board members agreed unanimously to recommend 3 percent salary increases for town employees; and to recommend a contract with the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office […]

China TIF committee fails to finish adjusting proposed spending

by Mary Grow China Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Committee members again failed to finish adjusting proposed 2021-22 expenditures at their Feb. 3 meeting, and for the second time did not have time to start discussing committee policies and procedures. They do have at least two versions of a committee mission statement circulating. Chairman Tom Michaud […]

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Historic listings, Augusta Part 5

by Mary Grow The City of Augusta’s list of designated historic places includes four districts. The Water Street district, supplemented by recognition of individual buildings, covers a good part of the main business street that parallels the Kennebec River on the west bank. The district is described as running from the Commercial Street intersection south […]