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OCTOBER 30, 2014

West Broadway widening, natural gas part of Lincoln economic development plan

LINCOLN – Adding a center turn lane is part of a town economic development plan that could help bring businesses to town and add to the tax base, supporters of the project noted at a Tuesday meeting. The meeting was sponsored by the Lincoln Region Chamber of Commerce. The project would add a center turn lane on West Broadway between Goding Avenue and River Road-Penobscot Valley Avenue, costing about $1.8 million, with the Maine Department of Transportation paying $600,000. The project would make it easier for traffic to flow around those looking to make left hand turns on that stretch of the roadway and could open up more than 200 acres of land along the road for development, allowing the town to increase its tax base, according to officials.

Easement for Howland fish bypass work prompts meeting

HOWLAND – Town officials, members of the Penobscot River Restoration Trust and an engineering firm will meet next week to determine what to do with the town’s transfer station. Urgency on the matter appeared to increase during Monday’s meeting of the town’s selectmen, as the easement allowing PRRT to build a fish bypass near the transfer station-recycling center would, essentially, not allow the town access to the site during construction.

Several contested races to appear on area ballots

On Nov. 4, Maine voters will head to the polls to make decisions on local, state and national representatives, bringing to an end a seemingly endless cycle of advertisements and television commercials. In this week’s edition of the Lincoln News, candidates for Lincoln Town Council and Regional School Unit 67 board have provided responses to questionnaires provided by the Lincoln News. In addition, there are several other races to be decided, including a citizen’s referendum question and six bond questions (see separate story).

Maine Supreme Court upholds Passadumkeag Windpark permit

The state’s highest court recently sided with the state’s Board of Environmental Protection in its decision to allow a Texas company to build wind turbines near Passadumkeag Mountain.

Fire department’s ladder truck issue dominates the last community forum

MILLINOCKET—Discussion during the second Millinocket community forum on municipal finances was dominated by the fate of the Millinocket Fire Department’s aging and failing ladder truck. The two-hour forum held Oct. 22 by the Millinocket Town Council featured a presentation by Police/Fire Chief Steve Kenyon about the town’s public safety departments and ambulance service as the community examines its municipal operations in search of possible service changes to reduce expenditures in the coming budget cycle. But a meeting to look at potential cuts morphed into a debate about the future of the fire department’s aerial ladder truck after Councilor Gilda Stratton raised the issue amidst concerns that the apparatus is sitting outside the town’s public works garage to further deteriorate after town leaders decided not to expend any more funds to make necessary repairs to get the truck certified and back in operation.

East Mill residents vote to restore tennis program during special town meeting on school budget

EAST MILLINOCKET—Nearly 50 East Millinocket residents met in the auditorium of Schenck High School Tuesday night for a special town meeting to set the 2014-15 school budget. The proposed initial budget adopted by the East Millinocket School Committee and set before the residents for approval was $3,876,821. John Farrington was sworn in as the meeting moderator per the first article. Articles one through six were approved as proposed with no changes in the funding for each item. Article 7, however, had an amendment proposed by Mark Marston and seconded by Clint Linscott to return the tennis program as an extra-curricular activity at Schenck High School.

Council approves plan to fix municipal building roof

MILLINOCKET—The Millinocket Town Council has approved spending almost $43,000 to fix the aging and failing roof of the Millinocket Municipal Building. Councilors voted during Thursday’s meeting to accept  a bid of $42,956 from Williams Roofing Inc. of Brewer to replace the roof at the Penobscot Avenue town office, which houses Millinocket’s administrative operations, police department, council chambers and the presently closed Millinocket District Court. Terms of the bid submitted by Williams Roofing call for it to remove all rocks and non-functioning units and antennas from the current roof. Drip edge will be installed on all eaves to be covered with insulation. The entire roof will be covered with rubber, and the structure will be sealed for a water-tight insulation.

Medway man facing multiple charges after drugs found in vehicle following OUI stop

EAST MILLINOCKET—A 23-year old Medway man is facing multiple charges stemming from a vehicle stop last week in East Millinocket when drugs and drug paraphernalia were found inside his automobile. According to Sgt. Kevin Giberson of the East Millinocket Police Department, Lucas McGowan was summonsed for operating under the influence-drugs, possession of schedule Z drugs, possession of a useable amount of marijuana and sale/use of drug paraphernalia following the incident around 10:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Giberson said Officer Seth Burnes was on patrol when he stopped a suspicious vehicle that was leaving the parking lot of St. Peter’s Catholic Church. He said Burnes identified McGowan as the driver of the Pontiac Grand-Am and smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.