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Thomaston says no to Green development

By Christine Simmonds | Sep 15, 2020
Photo by: Christine Simmonds Voters in Thomaston for the annual Town Meeting Sept. 15.

Thomaston — Thomaston passed all Town Meeting warrant articles except the two regarding developments on the Green.

With a total of 597 ballots cast Sept. 15, including 206 absentee ballots, Town Manager Kara George described it as the biggest turnout she has seen for a Town Meeting. Moderator Mike Mayo said it was way more than he expected.

By 10:20 a.m., the Municipal Office received 82 walk-in votes. Select Board Chairman Pete Lammert said about 90 people total attend Town Meeting most years.

Three items that led to much discussion between the public and municipal officers were the lease for the Crematorium and the two proposed housing developments on the Green. One proposal was from Avesta Housing for a Senior Living Facility. The other was from Coastal Opportunities for a new Group Home for six residents who currently live on Main Street.

Both proposed developments for the Green were voted down.

Avesta Housing’s proposal lost with a vote of 223 to 344.

Coastal Opportunities’ proposal lost with a vote of 258 to 327.

The lease for the Crematorium, which would be owned and operated by Michael Hall of Hall’s Funeral Homes under the business name Midcoast Crematory Inc., passed by a very close margin. The votes were 298 to 289.

The funding for the Solar Array Project also passed, with a vote of 372 to 206. This project will be on town land, and will eventually be used to provide most of the electricity used by the town government.

A one-year contract of $65,000 to hire an Economic Development Director through Community Concepts Finance Corporation also passed with a vote of 296 to 272.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Katie Drinkwater | Sep 16, 2020 14:29

posted by DUrquhart,  Very sad affordable housing for 55+ was voted down even though there is a desperate need.  Please explain why not. If it's a noise problem, the crematorium will certainly be the more quiet neighbor.

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