NEWS
(from the
August 2005 Maine Townsman)

Kennebunkport: People wishing to obtain burn permits for a beach bonfire will have to front a $50 deposit to police to ensure that they adequately clean their site after use. The police chief hopes to see a reduction in the amount of debris left on the beach as a result.

Brownville: The town of Milo has withdrawn from a shared police department agreement after two years. In response to the unexpected withdrawal, residents voted July 19 to add more funds to the police account for their own independent police department.

Old Town: The recent installation of an odor control system at the West Old Town Landfill has proven effective in reducing the odor that had recently caused complaints from residents.

Presque Isle: Aroostook County will be receiving $267,500 in Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) funding from the 2005 Emergency Hurricane Supplemental Appropriations Act. Severe thunderstorms in June damaged many fields in the county, shortly after potato seed had been planted.

Portland: The city is hiring a Scarborough company to run its recycling facility, and is ending its contract with a company that has operated the facility since 1996. The newly hired company will recycle and aggressively market materials collected at the city’s former landfill. The company projects that the city can make a considerable profit, $200,000 to $600,000 a year in new revenue.

Augusta: The city’s police department will enter into mutual-aid agreements with Hallowell and Winthrop. The department will primarily assist both towns in emergencies. Officers will carry their full policing authority into the two communities. Police from Hallowell and Winthrop would also assist Augusta officers in similar cases.

Winter Harbor: Residents approved a request from selectmen to borrow $1,075,000 for infrastructure improvements. Combined with $500,000 voters agreed to borrow at the 2004 annual meeting, the funds will pay to replace a water main, rebuild a sewer pump station, and create asphalt sidewalks, granite curbing and subsurface drainage systems. Improvements will be made without a need to increase local taxes.

Milo: Town officials are deeding the first lot of an industrial park to Mayo Regional Hospital. The hospital will construct a 5,000 square-foot medical building to serve patients from the Milo-Brownville region. The park is a joint project of the two towns.

St. Agatha: Selectmen reduced the town’s mil rate by 9.5 percent on July 6. The new rate is 19.25 mils. The town had experienced an increase in municipal valuation of nearly eight percent, and the school budget had come in $78,000 below the budgeted amount, enabling the board to make such a reduction in the rate.

Richmond: Fire officials in Richmond and Dresden have approved a new agreement to automatically respond to fire calls in each other’s town. This pact was reached in an effort to improve emergency response.

Bangor: The city will have a new public safety resource on hand in time for the American Folk Festival in August. City councilors voted July 11 to accept a mobile command vehicle, which is being purchased with $331,500 of federal Homeland Security funds.