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NOVEMBER 29, 2018

Council to vote on temporary office relocation

LINCOLN - The council will be deciding whether or not to temporarily move the town offices following a workshop Tuesday night. Last month, an architectural study conducted by CES, Inc, revealed multiple code violations. On Tuesday, during a discussion that became contentious between at least two members of the town’s governing body, Town Manager Rick Bronson presented the council with a temporary fix. A permanent solution will be presented to voters in a June referendum.

Thurlow's run: chainsaw and all, local logger prepares to go the distance... again

LEE - What started out last year as a grueling experiment for a local logger may turn into a new tradition at the Millinocket Marathon.  Most people would never contemplate his endeavor once, let alone twice. Mike Thurlow of Lee has been a logger his entire life and has belonged to the Certified Logging Professionals (CLP) since the organization's inception.  Through hard work and determination, Thurlow won the 1998 coveted national title of Best Logger.  Now, 20 years later, he is putting that dedication to good use while he raises money for a good cause.
"I ran (the marathon) last year for the first time," Thurlow said Tuesday.

Lee Fire Department mostly moved into new headquarters

LEE – The town's volunteer fire department has moved most of its equipment into its new home, First Selectman Bill Hamilton noted this week. Town officials will have to keep the current fire station heated for the next few months, Hamilton explained at Lee's tree lighting ceremony on Sunday afternoon, since the water supply for two neighboring buildings are attached. In October, the town officially purchased 2794 Lee Road from Treeline Inc. of Chester, which purchased the building from Northern Penobscot Tech Region III in 2011.

Comprehensive plan ready for public input

LINCOLN - Town officials reached a major benchmark this month with the completion of the first draft of an updated Comprehensive Plan. The document, which defines the goals and aspirations of a community normally in terms of economic or social development, is a mandatory step in applying for a majority of state and federal grants. “Two key underpinnings of the plan have to do with Lincoln being a regional hub in all aspects of our community  as well as the importance of protecting and promoting our natural resources,” town Planning Board Chair Cathy Moison said in a press release Tuesday.

Code violations and concerns jeopardize Masons building

LINCOLN - Area voters in June will have a big decision to make as they will likely be tasked with determining the future of the town office. A recent architectural study on the Masonic Lodge, where the offices are currently located, not only revealed no improvements to issues cited in a 1952 study, but also a host of violations and other concerns. (See page 3 in this week's edition for the complete list of violations.)

Police tase man, jail two following New Camp Road crash

LINCOLN - Two men remained in jail Tuesday following a weekend crash that led police to an alleged assault and illegal drinking. One man had to be tased in the incident after refusing to submit to arrest. Chanler Lennon, 19, of Orono has been charged with violating his bail conditions and Zackary Muncey, 20, of Lincoln, has been charged with violating his probation after an investigation into a 2 a.m. Sunday accident led police to the two men.

Town could save $50,000 with new bulbs

LINCOLN - Councilor Sheldon Hanington directed the town manager to research better lighting on West Broadway after a woman was struck by a car in front of Walmart. “My end vision would be West Broadway and Fleming Street,” he said during Tuesday evenings workshop. What Town Manager Rick Bronson discovered, however, was a bigger project that would bring big savings to Lincoln taxpayers. By switching the town’s estimated 380 bulbs over to LED lighting, the cost would drop from $4,765 per month to an estimated $631 per month, or a savings of $49,620 per year. That means the estimated project cost of $172,000 would be paid back in less than four years.

Enfield town manager exploring potential second full-time public works employee

ENFIELD – In recent years, Enfield has opted to employ one full-time and one part-time public works employee. Town Manager Charles Frazier discussed the idea of returning to two full-time employees at Monday's meeting. Ryan Dwelley has been hired as the town's public works foreman, with a tentative start date of Dec. 3, Frazier told selectmen earlier this month.

Man arrested in shooting at Medway residence

MEDWAY—A 43-year old Medway man was arrested earlier this month and is facing multiple charges in connection with a September shooting at a Medway residence when he allegedly pointed a gun at a male resident before being shot in the groin during a struggle over the firearm. Robert Paradis was taken into custody Nov. 13 at the same residence on Medway Road in Medway where the shooting occurred seven weeks earlier. Multiple members of the East Millinocket Police Department assisted by other law enforcement agencies responded to the residence upon learning Paradis, who was being sought on a sealed warrant in connection with the September shooting, was at the location. He was arrested and transported to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor, where he remained incarcerated as of earlier this week.

Police shortage: a concern for councilors

MILLINOCKET—It’s a problem that was probably not foreseen. Yet, it is one that is affecting not only the town of Millinocket, but other communities throughout the state. Where and how are towns going to fill the increasing number of vacancies of the police force and other law enforcement agencies? That is the question that is haunting those responsible for filling vacancies within their law enforcement units from Madawaska to Millinocket to Kittery. There appears to be no easy answers. Much of the problem of filling vacancies and attracting seems to stem from wages that are lagging behind, the high risk and stress associated with the job, and a bad rap from cops in tough and often unfortunate situations reaching national news, according to a report from www.nbcnews.org in March 2017.

Medway citizens say “no” to public water/sewer

MEDWAY – With only two of the approximately 45 taxpayers in attendance at an informational meeting wanting more information on bringing public water and sewer to Medway, selectmen agreed to shelve the project indefinitely. Selectman John Lee has been working on bringing public water and sewer to Medway for about three years. He said that inquiries from citizens, comments from business owners and his desire to increase Medway’s economic development opportunities were his motivation. East Millinocket has long offered to extend its service to Medway.

Medway woman goes to retrieve vehicle after crash, charged for leaving scene of accident

MEDWAY—A 36-year old Medway woman is facing a pair of criminal charges after she allegedly walked away from her crashed vehicle and then went to the police station to retrieve it after it was towed. Samantha Taylor was summonsed to appear Jan. 9 in Millinocket District Court on one count each of leaving the scene of a property damage accident and failure to give notice of accident by quickest means.

Board appoints broadband directors; addresses planning board questions

MEDWAY – After creating the Katahdin Region Broadband Utility earlier this month, selectmen were charged with choosing a member of the board of selectmen to represent the town as a “member” and two other town representatives to serve on the board of directors. The BOD will be charged with overseeing the day to day operations of the utility including creating and adopting policies and determining fees and programming options. After a couple of weeks of talking with citizens and discussing it amongst themselves, selectmen agreed to nominate Greg Stanley and John Farrington. Both have a long history of service to the town as municipal and school officials and agreed to the appointment.

Council to hold meeting on snow removal

MILLINOCKET—Removing snow from driveways, walks, and streets proves to be a perennial problem for the town council. Complaints come pouring in when the snow season begins and doesn’t end until the last flake has fallen. The problem of snow removal and related ordinances about how to deal with the white stuff have been plaguing councilors for at least a few years. Each year, the council attempts to address the situation as best it can.

Medway board tables planning documents; looking at shed options

MEDWAY – Selectmen agreed to table acceptance of planning board documents regarding building permits until the town’s comprehensive plan is completed. Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee said after talking with Code Enforcement Officer Mike Noble, much of what is outlined in the new permit process lacks town standards and expectations because there is no previous documentation or zoning to provide the necessary guidelines. Kathy Lee said for example Medway has no minimum lot sizes for residential or commercial development; the state has basic requirements for leach fields and wells but the town doesn’t have any requirements beyond that. There are no base standards to create town standards. Noble said those should come with a comprehensive plan. Once that’s in place then Medway can move forward with more specific commercial building requirements.

Council gives donations to three organizations

MILLINOCKET—The town council gave away $200 to three organizations at the regular council meeting on Monday, November 26. While councilors may have desired to give more, there is only so much in the kitty and so many requests for donations that can go around. The total amount given to the three organizations amounted to $600 from Account # 0816-3813, Public Health & Welfare. The account began with $1,700 earlier in the day and after the unanimous approval by the council for the donations left a balance of $1,300.

Four people charged with bail violations, drug offenses after arrest of shooting suspect

MEDWAY—Four other individuals are facing charges for alleged drug possession and bail violations after they were found at the Medway residence where shooting suspect Robert Paradis was taken into custody. Wendall Sutherland, 50, of Lincoln is charged with unlawful possession of schedule W drugs; Lee McMoran, 49, of Medway is charged with violation of condition of release and unlawful possession of schedule W drugs; Hazel Neal, 27, a transient with addresses in Bangor and Gorham was charged with violation of condition of release, unlawful possession of schedule W drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia; and Sarah Quinones-Bonilla, 22, of Medway was charged with violation of condition of release.

Medway man accused of smashing vehicle’s windshield at Millinocket motel

MILLINOCKET—The 43-year old Medway man who is facing multiple charges stemming from a September shooting incident in his hometown also ran afoul of the law in Millinocket when he allegedly smashed the windshield of a vehicle parked at a local motel. Robert Paradis is charged with violating a protection order and domestic violence criminal mischief stemming from the incident that was reported to the Millinocket Police Department hours after the Sept. 23 shooting in Medway.

Officer spots Medway woman allegedly driving despite suspended license

MEDWAY—A Medway woman was charged with operating after suspension last week when a member of the East Millinocket Police Department allegedly spotted her behind the wheel hours after seeing her name on the suspended driver list. Sandra Boutaugh, 55, was summonsed to appear Jan. 9 in Millinocket District Court to answer to the operating after suspension charge stemming from a Nov. 21 traffic stop conducted by East Millinocket Police Officer Cameron Dionne.