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  • Council warms to $9M unified plan for Freeport fields

    FREEPORT — The Town Council did not take any formal action Tuesday night, but councilors reacted favorably to a combined proposal of more than $9 million for fields, trails and outdoor recreation from community and school groups. The two groups are community members known as Freeport...

  • North Yarmouth selectmen weigh reduced employee benefits

    NORTH YARMOUTH — The Board of Selectmen unanimously curbed benefits for future town employees on Tuesday, but tabled consideration of the same reductions for current employees. Among the changes, proposed by the town's Personnel Committee, are elimination of several paid holidays: Ma...

  • Back to a new school

    Second-graders in teacher Kelly Drolet's class enjoy their first day in the new Ocean Avenue Elementary School in Portland on Monday. From left, William Oppenheimer Modin, Anthony Stansek, Hannah Smith, Drolet, Bryona Pelletier and Nicholas Leschy.

  • Falmouth council moves toward single question on community center, library proposals

    FALMOUTH — A June referendum question asking voters if they support moving the library to the Lunt School building and creating a community center at the Motz School, at a "net-zero" tax impact, moved closer to approval Monday night. After a presentation of a new cost analysis and pr...

  • Yarmouth council finds savings, but tax rate rises 2.5%

    YARMOUTH — The tax rate has been a moving target as changes to the school budget and the cost of fuel for Wyman Station has raised a projected increase from 1.37 percent to 2.5 percent. Working as the Operations Committee on Feb. 14, the council identified several ways to reduce the ...

  • Cumberland council sends proposed gravel, water rules to Planning Board; petition seeks referendum

    CUMBERLAND — The Town Council voted 6-1 Monday to send the Planning Board proposed ordinance changes for gravel and water extraction. The language will later return to the council for a decision. The council voted first on the water extraction changes, and then on gravel extraction; ...

  • Portland hires Florida head-hunter to find next city manager

    PORTLAND — The city has hired a consulting company from Florida to help find a new city manager. Colin Baenziger & Associates was selected last week by the City Council to assist in the process of hiring a replacement for Joe Gray, who retired Feb. 11 after 10 years as city manag...

  • Portland city councilors unhappy over housing ruling for new owners of Eastland Park Hotel

    PORTLAND — Some city councilors are displeased that the new owners of the Eastland Park Hotel won't have to pay for or replace the building's 50 residential apartments, which are planned for conversion to hotel rooms. A Feb. 23 ruling by Planning and Urban Development Director Penny ...

  • LePage, legislators back opt-outs for CMP's 'smart' meter customers

    AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage supports offering opt-outs to Central Maine Power Co. customers who do not want "smart" electric meters installed on their homes. "Philosophically, he believes people ought to have the right to opt out," LePage spokesman Dan Demerrit said. "He doesn't have ... 16

  • Portland Water District proposes rate hike

    PORTLAND — The Portland Water District wants to increase rates 1.9 percent, which would add about 32 cents to residential water bills. The district has filed a request to raise the rate with the Public Utilities Commission. A public hearing is scheduled for March 14. The water...