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CHINA: Solar panel talks continue

by Mary Grow China Planning Board members spent the first hour of their Jan. 26 meeting continuing discussion of a proposed solar ordinance, leaving little time for two other agenda items. During review of previous solar projects, board members realized that the town Land Use Ordinance, which focuses on buildings and pays attention to issues […]

China Four Seasons Club and TIF funds

by Mary Grow At the Jan. 27 Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Committee meeting, committee members debated recommending 2021-22 funding for the China Four Seasons Club, which maintains year-round trails throughout the town. The club is based on a shoreland lot on the east side of China Lake, with a clubhouse and a beach open to […]

TIF committee has more financial recommendations to complete

by Mary Grow As their Jan. 27 meeting ended, China’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Committee members scheduled another one for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, because they still have financial recommendations to complete. Committee members are working on what they call the Second Amendment to China’s original (2015) TIF agreement that lists projects and amounts […]

Vassalboro selectmen discuss scaled-down marijuana ordinance

by Mary Grow At their Jan. 21 meeting, Vassalboro selectmen discussed a seriously scaled-down marijuana ordinance that would allow only medical marijuana operations in town. Instead of the complex document discussed at their Jan. 7 meeting (see The Town Line, Jan. 14), they are considering a local ordinance based on the Town of Turner’s. One […]

China, Vassalboro get good news about trash disposal

by Mary Grow China and Vassalboro town managers shared good news with their respective selectboards at Jan. 19 (China) and Jan. 21 (Vassalboro) meetings: the trash recycling facility in Hampden appears ready to reopen this summer. A company called Delta Thermo Energy, Inc. (DTE) has agreed to buy the Fiberight facility to which China, Vassalboro […]

China selectmen hold special meeting

by Mary Grow Ronald Breton, Chairman of the China Selectboard, led board members through continued review of the draft 2021-22 budget at a special budget workshop Jan. 25. The meeting lasted almost three hours, and the review covered major town functions: administration, public safety, waste disposal and public works. Selectmen began by agreeing to continue […]

China selectmen review proposed budget; OK five appointments

by Mary Grow At their Jan. 19 meeting, China selectmen began review of the proposed 2021-22 town budget and made five committee appointments. Town Manager Becky Hapgood summarized the town’s current financial position and she and selectmen discussed future expenditures. Board members deliberately made no decisions, postponing their recommendations until the end of the review. […]