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VASSALBORO: Town projects get attention of selectmen

by Mary Grow Vassalboro selectmen spent most of their Sept. 3 meeting talking about spending money for town projects. The meeting included a public hearing on TIF (Tax Increment Financing) fund requests from Maine Rivers, which runs the Alewife Restoration Project (ARI), and the Vassalboro Sanitary District (VSD). Maine Rivers is creating fish passage between […]

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Stagecoach routes in central Kennebec Valley

by Mary Grow Early public transportation in the central Kennebec River valley came in three forms: the ferries and other riverboats previously mentioned (see The Town Line, April 23 and April 30, and for China Lake, June 4); stagecoaches; and railways. On land, horses and oxen were the earliest movers, for people and goods, individually […]

China board denies appeal over shoreland wall

by Mary Grow By a 3-2 vote the China Board of Appeals has upheld Codes Officer Bill Butler’s denial of Brent and Cathy Chesley’s application for a permit to build what documents call a retaining wall along the shore of China Lake. The Chesleys and their attorney, David Pierson of Eaton Peabody, told board members […]

China planners discuss proposed ordinance amendment

by Mary Grow At their Aug. 25 meeting, China Planning Board members discussed a proposed ordinance amendment that would make a special provision in lot coverage requirements for solar panels. Their only decision was to continue the discussion, probably at their Sept. 15 meeting. If they recommend an ordinance amendment, it would take effect after […]

China selectmen set tax rate at 14.9 mils for 2020-21

by Mary Grow At their Aug. 24 special meeting, China selectmen, in their capacity as assessors, set the 2020-21 tax rate at 14.9 mils, or $14.90 for each $1,000 of valuation. Last year’s rate was 16.3 mils, or $16.30 for each $1,000 of valuation. The lower rate will mean a lower tax bill for some […]

Vassalboro school board approves 2020 opening plan

by Mary Grow At their Aug. 18 meeting, Vassalboro School Board members approved the reopening plan developed by staff over the summer, in consultation with many students’ families, other state educators and state officials. Board members voted with the understanding the plan is subject to change as local circumstances or state recommendations change. School is […]