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    October 18, 2016

    Hamstrung by budget restrictions, county struggles to fund jail

    Knox County Jail needs repairs. Since at least 2012, the jail’s control system, operated from a room full of control panels, surveillance monitors and computers, has been failing. Years ago, workers repairing a leaky roof installed screws in the ceiling that damaged wiring, leading the jail to install a digital control system, which cannot control the analog system of locks. As a result, guards must use keys to ...

  • Published
    January 8, 2014

    Knox County towns consider collaboration

    Knox County Commissioners and town leaders met Jan. 7 to discuss ideas on how to save money through municipal collaboration. County Commissioner Roger Moody said at the start of the meeting he wanted municipalities to talk about how they could work together to reduce costs through collaboration, such as sharing programs or positions. Towns were encouraged to exchange ideas and consider options. Moody cited cuts ...

  • Published
    December 5, 2013

    Knox County budget approved

    The proposed 2014 Knox County budget, totaling $9.6 million, was unanimously approved by the Knox County Commission and budget committee Thursday, Dec. 5. The budget is 1 percent less than last year's approved figure, down about $84,000, and will require a slightly lower tax commitment from county municipalities. Knox County Commission and budget committee met Oct. 24 to first present the spending package. A ...

  • Published
    October 25, 2013

    Proposed county budget shows slight decrease

    The proposed 2014 Knox County budget, totaling $9.6 million, is 1 percent less than last year's approved figure, down about $84,000, and will require a slightly lower tax commitment from county municipalities. Knox County Commission and budget committee met Oct. 24 met to present the spending package. A total of $2.7 million in revenue, mostly from the Registry of Deeds will offset the tax commitment to $6.5 ...

  • Published
    September 11, 2013

    County rejects privatizing jail kitchen

    The Knox County Commission unanimously voted Sept. 10 to reject a contract with a private company to allow jail kitchen staff time to prove they can cut costs to compete with an out-of-state food service provider. Knox County Jail Administrator Maj. John Hinkley and Sheriff Donna Dennison said they had nothing against the current kitchen staff, but the jail needs to save money, as directed by the Department of ...

  • Published
    August 26, 2013

    Knox County airport receives grant for road construction

    The Knox County Regional Airport in Owls Head is using federal money to construct a service road this fall to improve the safety of the airport, said Airport Manager Jeffrey Northgraves. The road will run parallel to the runway and will connect to the runway at the approach end, he said. Currently, there is no road for vehicles, such as fuel trucks, to use, so taxiways are used by vehicles to cross the runway. ...

  • Published
    August 14, 2013

    County votes to take easements by eminent domain

    The Knox County Commissioners voted 2-0 Aug. 13 to allow the cutting of trees through eminent domain on a South Thomaston property located near the airport. Residents contend they were not offered a fair market value. With the vote, the Knox County Regional Airport in Owls Head gains the right to cut trees and limit building on properties after negotiations to settle with property owners has reached its final ...

  • Published
    March 6, 2013

    Second $2 million claim filed against county for fatal plane crash

    A second notice of claim against the county was filed on behalf of the estate of a man killed in a November plane crash at the Knox County Regional Airport in Owls Head. William J. Hannigan Jr., of Portland and Carolyn M. Door of Windham, are the personal representatives of the estate of William J. Hannigan III. They have filed a claim of $2 million against the county and airport. Hannigan, from South Portland, ...

  • Published
    February 13, 2013

    Knox County Commission approves building road at airport

    The Knox County Commission unanimously approved funding to construct a road for vehicle traffic at the airport as well as to purchase a camera and voice recording equipment for the airport's radio frequency Feb. 12. The measures — recommended by Airport Manager Jeff Northgraves — will improve safety and enable the airport to eventually charge a landing fee for aircraft. The funding for the voice recording ...

  • Published
    January 16, 2013

    Knox airport panel gets first look at master plan update

    An update of the Airport Master Plan at Knox County Regional Airport will take about 13 months, but officials say the process is necessary for future development. A consultant to the airport's Public Relations - Environment Subcommittee of the Public Advisory Committee presented an outline of the proposed plan Jan. 14 at the Owls Head Transportation Museum. An update of the plan is a requirement of the Federal ...

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