July 27, 2010


Kennebec Journal Staff

PALERMO -- The Planning Board holds a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on James Pepin's proposed four-lot subdivision on Plummer Road.

Neighbors and other interested residents are invited to submit comments in writing or in person.

AUGUSTA -- Richard L. Shaw Jr., 44, of Augusta was sentenced Monday in Kennebec County Superior Court to 45 days in jail and fined $750.

He had pleaded guilty previously to a charge of operating while license suspended or revoked. The incident occurred Feb. 9 in Augusta.

Shaw also has charges pending in York County, according to his lawyer, Kevin Sullivan.

CHINA -- Planning Board members begin tonight's meeting with a 6 p.m. site visit to Dewey "Robbie" Baker's property on Industrial Drive, off Lakeview Drive.

Baker has applied for an after-the-fact permit for a machine shop.

Members then will adjourn to the Town Office, where their regular meeting is scheduled to open at 7.

Agenda items, in order, are:

* discussion of the proposed FedEx shipping center at Tobey's Market;

* discussion with Caroline Rideout, doing business as Rideout Towing, of a commercial use of a Parmenter Hill Road property;

* continued review of Baker's application, scheduled for 7:40; and

* an application from Erskine Academy to repave part of a parking lot and build a new 60-foot-by-120-foot tennis court on the school grounds.

Board members will also continue discussion of buying computers and of plans for a future workshop on low impact development.

CHINA -- The Recreation Committee meets at 7 today in the Town Office.

Items for discussion include the separately-run football program that selectmen recently authorized to use town playing fields and the scoreboard at the fields.

CHINA -- The wetlands study committee meets at 6:30 p.m. today in the Town Office.

The main agenda item is discussion of information presented by Jim Hart of Kennebec Water District at the committee's previous meeting.

MANCHESTER -- Selectmen meet tonight to discuss a tax increment financing proposal.

Town officials are considering creating a tax increment financing district associated with a local doctor's proposal to build a medical practices building off U.S. Route 202.

Maine law allows municipalities to shelter new tax revenues in tax increment financing, or TIF, districts to help fund certain allowed infrastructure improvements within the designated district.

Tonight, selectmen are scheduled to discuss possible uses of TIF funds, hear an update on work on the proposed TIF agreement, and discuss setting a date for a public hearing on the proposal.

Selectmen meet at 6 at the Town Office.

They are also scheduled to:

* consider authorizing Town Manager Mark Doyon to sign a one-year lease with Readfield to continue renting Manchester's building at 18 Readfield Road, the old fire station building, for fiscal year 2010-11;

* hold an executive session to consider a request for a concealed weapons permit and;

* consider the appointment of Joe Kozak to fill the unexpired term as chairman of the Board of Appeals.

AUGUSTA -- Ten nonprofit groups that do outreach about how the new federal health care law will affect Mainers will share $344,492 in grants from the Maine Health Access Foundation, the groups said in a news release.

The groups are charged with sharing straightforward information with their constituents about opportunities and changes that the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress last spring, brings to public and private health insurance programs.

Local organizations receiving grants include Consumers for Affordable Health Care Foundation, Legal Services for the Elderly, Maine Equal Justice Partners and the Maine Primary Care Association, all of Augusta; Maine Medical Education Trust, Manchester; Western Maine Community Action, East Wilton; and Healthy Community Coalition, Farmington.

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