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    January 13, 2010

    Camden’s economic advisers shift focus from Sagamore Farm to general property survey

    Camden's Economic Development Advisory Committee, known as CEDAC, met Jan. 11 to review priorities before making a recommendation to Town Planner Jeff Nims for a possible project to submit for funding as part of the Gateway 1 process. Camden is one of 17 towns that signed a startup agreement prior to Oct. 31 that places towns in line for a share of a $500,000 planning grant from the Maine Department of Transport...

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    January 13, 2010

    Lincolnville trims wage increases, hears capital improvement recommendations

    Lincolnville selectmen voted unanimously, albeit reluctantly, on Jan. 11 for a zero percent increase in cost of living adjustments for town employees. The vote followed a lengthy discussion about wage increases in a deep recession, and the initial recommendation of the town's wage and personnel policy board to implement a 3 percent cost of living adjustment increase. Town Administrator David Kinney estimated ...

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    January 13, 2010

    Revenue sharing cuts loom as Waldoboro selectmen set budget process calendar

    Waldoboro Town Manager Bill Post told selectmen at their Jan. 12 meeting that potential cuts to municipal revenue sharing from the state will make coming up with a budget that much more difficult. Still, Post said his goal is to help craft a balanced budget without raising property taxes. "We're trying to come in with a flat-funded budget," Post said. "That's the goal." Post and selectmen Clint Collamore, ...

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    January 12, 2010

    Rockland reviews snow dumping, ponders fish pier management

    Rockland Harbor Management Commission member Louise MacLellan-Ruf said Jan. 7 that fishermen have told her the level of the harbor bottom is being raised significantly due to dumping of snow by city public works crews and private commercial snow removal workers who use the pier as an access point. She raised her concern at a meeting of the commission's Fish Pier Group."I'm sure it is," Public Works Director Greg ...

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    January 12, 2010

    Rockland gives thumbs up to sale of mountaintop lot

    The Rockland City Council gave unanimous final approval Monday night to the sale of a five-acre undeveloped lot on Dodge Mountain that the city acquired two years ago for nonpayment of taxes. The council voted 5-0 to issue a municipal quit claim deed to Jeanette Phillipps for 47 Dodge Mountain Road for $28,000. The city sought bids on the Dodge Mountain  property in December 2008 but the top bid was $10,000. ...

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    January 12, 2010

    Cooperative Transfer Station to add compactors

    Thomaston selectmen reviewed plans for improvements to the transfer station and the assignment of police investigator duties Monday night at Watts Hall. Selectman Peter Lammert outlined plans for improvements at the Thomaston, South Thomaston and Owls Head Cooperative Transfer Station on Buttermilk Lane. This summer the cooperative will add two new trash compactors and add a line providing running water to the ...

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    January 12, 2010

    Rockland council directs city panel to study marijuana rules

    The Rockland City Council gave the unanimous go-ahead Monday night to direct the Comprehensive Planning Commission to develop proposed regulations for marijuana distribution centers. One councilor asked if the panel could recommend a ban on these centers, where marijuana would be handed out to people with certain medical conditions. Councilor Tom Molloy proposed the directive to avoid the situation that ...

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    January 12, 2010

    Rockland council gives initial OK to New County Road zone change

    The Rockland City Council unanimously and without comment Monday night gave preliminary approval to a zone change that could bring in businesses. City officials have previously acknowledged that they have had discussions with potential developers but have not identified those parties at their requests. The proposed ordinance amendment would allow manufacturing on parcels that front New County Road. Interior ...

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    January 12, 2010

    Rockland council suggests sales tax hike, not more cuts

    Rockland city councilors told their legislators Monday night that continued cuts in municipal and school aid would simply shift the cost to property owners. But councilors also voiced empathy with the difficult position legislators are in as state revenues continue to decline. Some councilors suggested that the state consider an increase and expansion of the state sales tax. State Sen. Christopher Rector, ...

  • Published
    January 11, 2010

    St. George voters to fill three elected positions in March

    Nomination papers are available at the St. George Town Office for three elected positions. Regional School Unit 13 board member George Emery's three-year term is set to expire. Emery has taken out papers for the position. Two spots on the Select Board will also be voted on as part of the March town meeting. Both are three-year terms. Former Select Board member Steve Miller has taken out papers for the ...

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