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  • Conflict of interest delays review of South Portland official; residents urge oversight

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council on Monday night postponed a closed-door review of Dana Anderson, the director of the largest municipal department, but not before several residents raised questions about  the way Anderson's department is managed. The postponement came after the...

  • Cape Elizabeth council to weigh business zoning, traffic signal

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The future of 553 Shore Road and other proposed amendments to the Business-A zone will go before the Town Council on Monday, May 11. The Ordinance Committee in February unanimously approved the rezoning of 553 Shore Road into the business district, along with zon...

  • South Portland scrambles to close $690K budget gap; pay freezes, layoffs possible

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A state law designed to give businesses tax relief has left the city struggling to fill a more than $690,000 hole in next year's budget. At a special workshop Wednesday evening, the City Council reviewed several options to close the projected revenue shortfall. T...

  • New wind blowing: Scarborough tackles turbines, halts installation

    SCARBOROUGH — A resident rushed to install a wind turbine this week even as his neighbors moved quickly to prevent it, all before the town could pass rules to govern the small wind-energy systems. Scott Doherty, of 12 Ferry Road, said he was shocked on Wednesday when the town told...

  • South Portland environmentalists to oppose condo project

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Environmentalists who came together to stop the development of Sawyer Marsh several years ago are getting back together in an effort to prevent development of a wooded parcel southeast of Wilkinson Woods. Residents Keith Bellas and Michelle Bennington are marshal...

  • Cape Elizabeth school budget opponents' claims questioned

    CAPE ELIZABETH — A citizen group claiming to provide "analysis and research for accurate decision making" on town budgets and projects has distributed inaccurate information about the school budget. A flier titled "Vote no, too high and don't compromise on the schoo...

  • Scarborough council gives $450K back to schools, approves budget

    SCARBOROUGH — A determination to hold the line on municipal spending and debate with the School Board over its proposed spending led to the approval Wednesday of a fiscal 2010 budget that maintains this year's property tax rate of $12.15 per $1,000 of assessed value. The final fig...

  • School budget squeaks past Cape Elizabeth council, heads to voters

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The Town Council narrowly approved the School Board's $20 million budget proposal, allowing taxpayers to vote on the 1.1 percent spending increase. Combined with municipal and county figures, the property tax rate would increase 0.6 percent, or 11 cents per $1,000...

  • Falmouth student classified with probable case of swine flu

    FALMOUTH — A student who attends Lunt School has been classified as having a probable case of H1N1 flu, according to Emergency Management Director Howard Rice Jr. The illness has not been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The student last attended school on Friday, May 1, a...

  • Proposed Bath budget shows less than 2% increase

    BATH — City Manager Bill Giroux on Wednesday rolled out a preliminary city budget for fiscal 2010 of $15.3 million. That budget, which also includes sewer, general, capital and landfill fund expenditures, represents a nearly 16 percent decrease from fiscal 2009 spending. Taxes a... 2