Entries by Mary Grow

China budget committee urges “no” vote on broadband expansion

by Mary Grow China Budget Committee members recommend voters not approve the bond issue for broadband expansion on the Nov. 2 local ballot. At the Aug. 23 committee meeting, members talked with representatives of the China Broadband Committee (CBC) before deciding to disagree with them. The vote on a motion to add a “No” recommendation […]

VASSALBORO: Despite parents’ objection, board votes to require face masks indoors by a split vote

by Mary Grow On a split vote and over audience objections, Vassalboro School Board members approved requiring students, teachers and staff to wear face masks indoors when school opens Sept. 1. The “mask mandate” was part of a multi-item school opening plan, and the only part discussed at length during the board’s Aug. 17 meeting. […]

Up and down the Kennebec Valley: Tiffany Hill Chapel

by Mary Grow So far this series has discussed the following churches in the central Kennebec Valley area whose buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places: Waterville First Baptist; Ten Lots Chapel (Baptist-based, now non-denominational); St. Mary’s Catholic, in Augusta; South Parish Congregational in Augusta; St. Mark’s Episcopal, in Augusta; three Quaker (Society […]

China planners review documents submitted to selectmen

by Mary Grow China Planning Board members used their Aug. 10 meeting for final reviews of documents they submitted to China selectmen ahead of the Aug. 16 selectboard meeting. Both are proposed ordinance changes that need voter approval: an amendment to the shoreland zoning section of the town Land Use Ordinance to bring China regulations […]

Vassalboro selectmen put tax rate at 14.48 mil

by Mary Grow Vassalboro selectmen have set the 2021-22 tax rate: 14.48 mil, or $14.48 for each $1,000 of valuation. The town website says the 2019-2020 rate was $14.35 for each $1,000, so the new rate is an increase of 13 cents for each $1,000. The assessor gave selectmen four rate choices at their Aug. […]

China selectmen set tax rate at 14.40 mil

by Mary Grow China selectmen have set the tax rate for the current fiscal year, after a presentation by Tax Assessor William Van Tuinen at the Aug. 16 Selectboard meeting. The new rate Van Tuinen recommended and selectmen approved is 14.40 mil, or $14.40 for each $1,000 of taxation. The rate for the year that […]

CHINA: New transfer station visioning subcommittee begins work

by Mary Grow Four members of China’s new Transfer Station Visioning Subcommittee defined their job and planned how to start doing it at their initial meeting Aug. 11. Chairman Chris Diesch, of Palermo, said the group needs to develop two documents: a brief mission statement telling what the transfer station is for, and a vision […]

CHINA: Money theme of selectmen’s meeting

by Mary Grow  Money was the theme for many of the topics at the China selectmen’s Aug. 2 meeting – quite a lot of money, much of it potentially outgoing. The China Broadband Committee’s planned request for a bond issue of around $6 million is the biggest proposed expenditure. CBC members did not have all […]