Mattawamkeag selectmen approve municipal ATV grant

MATTAWAMKEAG – The Two Rivers ATV Club has become responsible for nearly 80 miles of all-terrain vehicle trails which are in need of quite a bit of work, club officials explained to Mattawamkeag selectmen on Monday night. Along with the additional trail mileage brought on by the folding of the Twin County Wheelers Club, ATV clubs are also asked to purchase and carry their own liability insurance, Two Rivers President Lisa LaRue explained on Monday.

Chester voters agree to additional budget expenditures

CHESTER –  Voters quickly agreed Monday evening to include an additional $19,000 in expenses that were not included on the town’s 2023-2024 budget. The expenditures were approved at a special town meeting held Monday night at the Marianne Municipal Building, attended by 10 voters and moderated by Cortney Bailly-Ulm.

Howland ballot features crowded select board race

Several current and former members of Howland’s select board are seeking a return to that board when voters head to the polls on June 13. Votes in neighboring Enfield will have fewer choices during their municipal election on the same day. Ballots for both elections were finalized last week when the April 14 deadline passed to return nomination papers to secure a spot.

Lincoln answers calls, honors members at awards dinner

LINCOLN – The town’s fire and ambulance service was called upon to take a minor involved in a dirt bike crash to a local hospital last week, Lincoln Fire Lt. Jake Hammond reported on Tuesday. The crash was reported on April 12 at a Frost Street home, Hammond added.

Lincoln Sanitary District board votes to reduce board, vote set for June

LINCOLN – Voters will be asked in June whether to reduce the number of directors on the Lincoln Sanitary District Board of Trustees. The sanitary district board voted 4-1 at its April 13 meeting to forward a resolve to Lincoln Town Clerk Ann Morrison calling for a vote to reduce the number of directors from seven to five. The issue will be placed before Lincoln voters on June 13, coinciding with the Regional School Unit 67 budget referendum vote. According to research conducted by Lincoln Sanitary District Superintendent Scott Hesseltine, should voters agree to the change, a new election for five board members would be held during the town’s municipal election in November. “Everyone will have to run to be on the ballot,” Hesseltine noted.

Lincoln planners approve sketch plan for proposed subdivision

LINCOLN – A proposed subdivision for land off Egg Pond Road drew concerns from an abutting landowner during Tuesday’s planning board meeting. The board heard the concerns and approved a sketch plan review for the proposed subdivision, the first of three steps needed for ultimate approval.

Public Works gives dates for sweeping, clean up

LINCOLN - Spring is in full swing, and the Lincoln Public Works crew has announced the schedules for their annual cleanup week and first street sweeping of the year to help residents with their spring cleaning needs.  According to a released statement by department director Dennis Bullen, the town’s annual clean up week will start with Town and State roads from the intersection of Transalpine Road and the Enfield Road to Evergreen Drive on Monday, May 8. This includes downtown streets like West Broadway to the intersection of River Road, and Main Street through Evergreen Drive

Lincoln Rental Systems adds welding/fabrication to available services

LINCOLN - Mike and Nancy Page have joined with son Michael C. Page and wife Kasey Page as owners of Lincoln Rental Systems/Bangor Portable; announcing the addition of welding and fabrication to their list of available services last Friday. For over 20 years, the Pages have offered portable toilet rentals and affiliated services from their home in Lincoln, serving an area stretching to a 100-mile radius. According to his mother, who works as the company’s secretary and dispatcher, the younger Page has already made himself invaluable to the company. “He’s a big addition,” she sa

Wolfden’s Pickett Mountain Mine given support by Patten voters

PATTEN—Voters in Patten came out and supported the select board “to sign a Resolution in support of Wolfden Resource Corporation Pickett Mountain Mine and Associated Facilities” at a special town meeting on Thursday, April 13, 2023. The secret ballot vote was 75 in support and 46 in opposition. The vote is nonbinding. Ed MacArthur was approved to be the moderator through a show of hands by the 121 eligible Patten voters who came out for the special town meeting.  

Council recommends expenditure increases, reduction to library funding during final budget workshop

MILLINOCKET—The final workshop meeting on the proposed fiscal year 2024 municipal budget saw members of the Millinocket Town Council provide direction to increase multiple expenditure lines prior to the upcoming first public hearing on the spending pact. The workshop began with councilors reviewing a budget calling for about $7.4 million in expenditures for the new fiscal year that begins July 1. The proposed budget included changes recommended by the council during its first workshop meeting a week earlier and represented a decrease of about $1 million from fiscal year 2023, which ends June 30.

Revamped recall ordinance to go before Medway voters

MEDWAY - Medway residents will be asked to approve a newly revamped municipal officers recall ordinance at a special town meeting to be scheduled soon. Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee said the town lawyer made the changes the board wanted, increasing the number of signatures needed to initiate a recall and requiring the petitioner to be more specific with their reasons.

Porta potty expense sparks debate about future of Peddlers Hill

MILLINOCKET—A $2,000 budget line for a portable toilet in Millinocket’s proposed municipal budget of more than $7 million sparked considerable debate among town leaders about the future of Peddlers Hill. The topic came up during last week’s Town Council budget workshop meeting when Councilor Robert Higgins Jr. asked if the portable toilet was necessary for Peddlers Hill, the space off Central Street that has hosted vendors for decades. That led to discussion and debate about whether the town should flush Peddlers Hill and instead move vending space downtown to Veterans Memorial Park.

Medway talks raises, final budgets, approved projects

MEDWAY - As the board gets closer to approving a final budget, Medway Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee prepared a custom budget report that compared  budgeted amounts to actual expenses from 2020 to 2024. Selectmen have asked for this kind of comparison and found it very useful. It shows the budgets have remained relatively consistent with the exception of Covid years.

Medway board reverses liquor letter decision

MEDWAY - After more discussion, Medway Selectmen reconsidered their decision to send a letter to the state requesting more state liquor licenses be allowed for Medway retail stores. Selectman Don Demers said he doesn’t believe the town needs more than one business selling liquor. “Getting another state license would hurt the business that can now sell it,” Demers said, “by allowing two stores it will hurt the business that currently sells it. I just don’t know if there’s room for another liquor store in Medway.”

Former interim town manager lone entrant thus far in Millinocket special council election

MILLINOCKET—A former interim town manager was the first Millinocket resident to take out nomination papers to run for a seat on the Town Council in next month’s special election. Richard Angotti, Jr. was the only person to have taken out nomination papers as of late last week, according to information provided by Millinocket Town Clerk Diana Lakeman. Nomination papers became available April 6 and must be returned by 4 p.m. on May 5 to secure a spot on the ballot for the May 23 special election when the town’s voters will fill a vacancy on the council through November 2024 following last month’s resignation of former Councilor Steve Golieb.

Medway Middle School gets cafeteria project update

MEDWAY - Medway school officials met with Maurice Gray of Gray’s Custom Builders LLC and the engineering firm contracted to supply information on the new building addition to the Medway Middle School. The new space will allow the school to provide a cafeteria, as well as other learning space, and finally get rid of the portable classrooms that have been in use for decades.

Millinocket school board approves hiring of new elementary principal

MILLINOCKET—The town’s School Board last week voted to authorize the hiring of a new principal for the district’s elementary school. By a 5-0 vote at its April 11 meeting, the Millinocket School Board approved the hiring of Jo-Anna Merry as principal of Granite Street School for the 2023-24 school year. Merry, who currently serves as director of special services for RSU #89 in Stacyville, will earn an annual salary of $73,000 with benefits as negotiated.

Council okays revision to tax acquired property sale process

MILLINOCKET—The town council gave its approval to a revised policy governing the sale of tax acquired properties in the community signing off on a proposal put forth by Millinocket’s Economic Development and Sustainability Committee to shift the process from bid to request for proposal (RFP). Councilors voted 4-1 during their regular meeting last week in favor of an amended version of the tax acquired property policy. The council-approved amended version changed only gender specific wording to gender neutral verbiage in the committee’s recommendation.

Millinocket facing delay on culvert project

MILLINOCKET—The town is facing a delay on an upcoming culvert replacement project in The Pines neighborhood of the community with work likely being pushed out until summer 2024. Millinocket Town Manager Peter Jamieson shared there was a successful bid opening last week for the culvert replacement project on Iron Bridge Road. Millinocket received three bids, one of which was within the range of the original estimate.

Traffic stop that results in seizure of drugs, suspected stolen items

MEDWAY—A recent traffic stop in Medway resulted in the arrest of an Aroostook County woman who was wanted on an outstanding federal warrant and also charged with several new crimes when police allegedly seized drugs and suspected stolen property. Emily Bragdon, 25, of Washburn was taken into custody on the warrant as well as three counts of unlawful possession of schedule W drugs and two counts of unlawful possession of schedule Z drugs. The vehicle’s driver, 44-year old Steven Ouellette of Connecticut, was also summonsed on a charge of operating after suspension.

EMPD Chief McDunnah earns Spirit of America Foundation Award

KATAHDIN REGION—The Katahdin Region’s top law enforcement officer who heads the department serving the tri-town region has been honored as a recipient of the Maine 2022 Spirit of America Foundation Award. Cameron McDunnah, who is the longtime chief of the East Millinocket Police Department and also a member of the East Millinocket School Board, was recently named recipient of the award by Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows.

Medway board sets meeting for compactor ARPA fund approval

MEDWAY - Medway Selectmen met in a special session on April 12 to talk about estimates given on new/used trash compactors obtained by Public Works Director Greg Hale. Timing is important as the estimates are good for 30 days. Since the town is using American Recovery Plan Act, ARPA funds, federal Covid money, there is certain paperwork to fill out and voters need to approve the use at a town meeting. The town has approximately $95,000 to spend.

Schenck soccer scoreboard and marquee funding approved

EAST MILLINOCKET—Two signs at East Millinocket schools will soon have necessary updates after school board members approved funding allocations for the marquee sign and the soccer scoreboard sign. The board approved allocating funds for the two signs by 4-0 votes for each motion. The soccer scoreboard will be funded in part by Our Katahdin through a donation of nearly half the cost of the sign. The total cost of the scoreboard is $10,000. The school board approved $2,500 and seeking matching funds for an additional $2,500.