CHINA: New logo approved for town

by Mary Grow

At their Nov. 20 meeting, the majority of China’s select board members enthusiastically and unanimously approved a new town logo, designed by board member Jeanne Marquis.

New logo design

Marquis showed how the simple, symmetrical design can be used as a letterhead for town stationery, on town vehicles and on T-shirts and caps, in color or in black and white.

Summer intern Bailee Mallett and town office staff members started the project earlier this year. After Mallett left, Marquis took over leadership, volunteering her time and artistic skill.

Board members Wayne Chadwick, Brent Chesley and Janet Preston praised the work and voted to adopt the logo, with Marquis abstaining and Blane Casey absent.

Other decisions at the Nov. 20 meeting included:

  • Re-election of Chadwick as board chairman and Preston as secretary;
  • Appointment of Scott Monroe to the Thurston Park Committee and Bradford Sherwood to the Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee; and
  • Approval of a one-year contract renewal with town attorney Amanda Meader, for calendar year 2024.

Board members reviewed a revised draft of the Planning Board Ordinance, based on versions prepared by Meader and planning board members. The select board majority disagrees with the planning board on a major issue: planning board members want to continue to have the board elected by voters, select board members want the power to appoint the planning board.

Sheriff warns drivers about deer traffic

At the Nov. 20 China select board meeting, Deputy Jacob Poulin, of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office, issued a warning to drivers to be especially watchful for deer this time of year. November is mating season and hunting season, and deer are paying less attention than usual to traffic, he said. There have been multiple accidents in the area.

Related issues to be resolved before a final draft is presented to voters are whether to retain the district system (each of four planning board members elected from one of four districts in town, plus two members elected from anywhere in town) and how long members’ terms should be.

On other subjects, Town Manager Rebecca Hapgood expected to have more information at future meetings on plans for the storage vault at the town office and on changes at Waterville-based Delta Ambulance, which serves China and other area towns.

The manager announced that a caucus to select an elected or appointed municipal official to serve on the Kennebec County budget committee from District One, which includes China, is scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday, December 7, at the Windsor town office. More information is available at the China town office.

Hapgood reminded those present that on Monday, Dec. 11, the town office and public works department will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for China employees’ appreciation day. The transfer station is not open Mondays.

The next regular China select board meeting is scheduled for Monday evening, Dec. 4.


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