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  • RSU 5 delays budget vote, wants to put brakes on reorganization; state won't allow it

    FREEPORT — Some members of the Regional School Unit 5 Board of Trustees want to press the state for a timeout in the consolidation of Freeport, Pownal and Durham schools. But Superintendent Shannon Welsh and other board members disagree. They say the legal implications would be de...

  • South Portland City Council openly reviews policy, manager

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council on Monday held a spirited and public discussion about the city manager's job performance and, to some extent, the city's personnel policy. Councilors generally described the city's personnel policy as a flawed document, and City Manager Jim Gaile...

  • South Portland may dim street lights to balance budget

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council is considering a proposal to turn off more than 100 street lights to generate savings needed to balance next year's budget. The city estimates it could save nearly $20,000 a year, or $1,600 a month, by turning off 112 street lights along some of ...

  • South Portland board refuses to recommend zone change to council

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The Planning Board on Tuesday rejected a zone change that would have allowed 59 units of age-restricted housing to be built in a wooded area southeast of Wilkinson Woods. The unanimous board vote, however, is only a recommendation to the City Council, which is ex...

  • Lawmakers reject Harpswell border claim

    AUGUSTA — A bill that would redraw a portion of the Harpswell's boundary with Brunswick suffered a major setback Wednesday when the Legislature's State and Local Government Committee voted 10-3 against the measure. The bill had been advanced by a Harpswell group known as the Carry...

  • Next phase of Bath business park should be ‘shovel ready’ by fall

    BATH — The second phase of one of the city's prime job-creation engines should be "shovel ready" with lots to sell by this fall, officials said last week. Bath has chosen Harry C. Crooker & Sons to do the site work and infrastructure development on the next phase of...

  • Topsham Town Meeting will include new invocation

    TOPSHAM — In trying to get more people to attend Town Meeting next week, the Topsham Government Improvement Committee has added several changes, committee Chairman John Rensenbrink told the Board of Selectmen. Town Meeting will take place at Mt. Ararat High School at 7 p.m. on We...

  • Brunswick council to manager, schools: Cut deeper

    BRUNSWICK — After receiving a preliminary fiscal 2010 budget with a 1.6 percent tax increase, the Town Council on Monday instructed acting Town Manager Gary Brown to carve another $500,000 from the $54.3 million spending plan.About half of the reduction will come from the Brunswick Schoo...

  • Bath prepares for Commercial Street upgrades

    BATH — The city may soon seek bids on safety and aesthetic improvements to the area of Commercial Street that stretches from the recently renovated train station to the section beneath the Sagadahoc Bridge. The project cost is about $600,000, 80 percent of which is being funded ...

  • Brunswick astrobiology class hopes fundraiser will lead to blastoff

    BRUNSWICK — A class of 25 eighth-graders at Brunswick Junior High School has been invited to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to witness the June 13 launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Now the class needs money to get there. The students are trying to raise $13,...