June 26, 2014

Letters, Camden Herald

Jun 26, 2014

Don't change High Street

High Street has always been one of the most beautiful streets in Camden. It is not my home street now, but I lived there for seven years and walked it day after day to go to school.

The owners worked very hard and long,researching their home and meeting frequently, to get the homes and High Street on the National Register of Historic Places.

We also were a long time to get zoning in Camden, and I would like to see their hard work protected. "Spot zoning" is not good for the town as a whole. High Street is lovely and should be residential. The large houses sometimes are maintained by becoming a Bed and Breakfast and that is fine. The people who stay in those nice homes, come to visit Camden and its beauty, and in my opinion, it is not necessary to make it "commercial" in order to serve dinner. We have many fine restaurants in town, who should have that business.

Please don't change residential High Street . That could lead to other ideas and eventually spoil Camden.

Barbara F. Dyer

Camden

 

Route 1 questions

The following is an open letter to David Bernhardt, Commissioner of Maine Dept. of Transportation; Michael Burns, Midcoast Regional Manager for Maintenance of Maine Dept. of Transportation; and Chellie Pingree, Representative from Maine U.S. House of Representatives.

Dear Sir or Madam:

My name is Jim Schlagheck. I reside on Route 1 (Belfast Road) in Camden, Maine. I am writing to request information about the paving work that was recently done along Route 1 in Belfast-Lincolnville area.

My neighbors and I have noticed that bald patches where the new asphalt has already worn away dot the length of the highway. These worn-away areas are often located along parts of the road which do not have particularly heavy traffic. What's more, the paving work is only several months old.

The work is so recent, in fact, that neither weather conditions nor heavy traffic can be held accountable for the poor state of the asphalt. Instead, it appears that the extensive :wear and tear" we see is the result of shoddy paving work and a new layer of asphalt that was and is much too thin.

As a taxpayer paying for this work (and soon-to-come repairs!), I would appreciate your answers to the following questions:

1. What city, county, or state government body - and which specific public service officer in charge - were responsible for selecting the contractor who did this work and overseeing that contractor's performance? Whoever that officer is, he or she should step down.

2. What is the name, please, of the private company to which this work was actually awarded: Most taxpayers will want to know that company's name so we can avoid using that group in private projects, and,

3. How much money did taxpayers actually pay out in total to have the Camden-Lincolnville stretch of Belfast Road recently "upgraded"?

Thank you for providing this information and sharing it with our newspapers so the public at large can read your feedback. When we make road repairs, let's take pride in the work, hire the right people, not skimp on asphalt, and do a quality job that lasts for more than several months.

Sincerely yours,

Jim Schlagheck

Camden


We have a place for you

This was my first semester singing for Midcoast Community Chorus. I came in with an untrained voice. I had been singing at open mic nights in barrooms to ears lubricated by alcohol. I was nervous at first but I was quickly comforted and immediately felt that I was surrounded by friends. I'm writing this letter to encourage anyone who wants to improve their voice, anyone singing in the shower, anyone one who wants to get involved in their community. We have a place for you. With our chorus you can grow and, in turn, help local charities blossom. Our Shed a Little Light concert June 14 raised $10,000 for the Homeless Coalition of Maine. Thank you, Mimi, thank you to all the volunteers who made the event possible, thank you to everyone who sang in the chorus and to those who came out to support us. You all have truly changed my life.

For more information contact info@mccsings.org or go to mccsings.org.

Much love,

Dana Rader

Camden

 

Teacher supports Fulford

I am grateful that Jonathan Fulford is running for State Senate as a representative from Waldo County. If he is elected, he will work to make sure our schools get the revenue they need so that our students can get a quality education.

Two years ago I retired from my work as a public school teacher, and frankly, I am alarmed at the crisis facing the funding of our public schools.

Governor LePage, with Senator Mike Thibodeau as his right hand man, pushed through tax cuts benefiting the wealthy, cutting funding for schools and shifting the burden onto local tax payers.

Over the past seven years our property tax rate has increased more than 10 percent while the state funding for RSU 20 has been slashed by more than $2 million. Funding for schools now accounts for 61.9 percent of the already strained municipal budget.

Jonathan Fulford would work to restore funding to the schools at the 55 percent level required by law.

It has been painful for me to see drastic school budget cuts made necessary by this irresponsible governance while at the same time see tax payers suffer financial pressure through increased property taxes.

We need to adequately fund our schools. I am confident that Jonathan Fulford will work to restore fairness to the tax base so that we can build strong communities by serving the needs of our children.

David Smith

Belfast

 

 

Rockport is fortunate

Local politics are run by people who volunteer their time to serve on committees, attend meetings, and investigate options that lead to policy development. The town of Rockport is very fortunate to have such citizens.

The Library Committee established a Library Steering Committee on March 3 to research and advise the Library Committee about options for the renovation of the existing library or the construction of a new library.

They held many meetings and spent hours exploring the options. The result of their efforts resulted in a readable and interesting report that was presented to the Library Committee June 16, 2014.

Thank you to the Rockport Library Steering Committee for their well thought out and researched recommendations. It will be online soon, but until then a paper copy is available to review at the Rockport Public Library.

Thank you to: Staci Coomer, Ames Curtis, Warren Erickson, Carole Gartley, Peter Hall, David Jackson, Judy Lindahl, Pat Messler and Jan Rosenbaum (Chairman).

Sincerely,

Rockport Library Committee

Kathleen Meil, Chairman;

Betsy Elwin,

Stephanie Kumble, Secretary

and Cate Monroe, Treasurer

 

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