North Yarmouth committees to gather for 'summit'

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NORTH YARMOUTH — In an effort to help various boards and committees work together toward common goals, the town is holding a “summit” Thursday, Nov. 30.

The gathering, to be held at the former North Yarmouth Memorial School at 6 p.m., follows one held in May.

The town’s panels – the Select Board, Economic Development & Sustainability Committee, Comprehensive Plan Committee, Planning Board, and  Living Well in North Yarmouth program – are “all working on the same subject, the same idea,” Town Manager Rosemary Roy said in an interview Nov. 14.

She referred, as examples, to the town’s updating its Comprehensive Plan, and the movement of its economic development planning toward tax increment financing programs.

The idea behind the summits, Roy said, is “to get … these volunteers, who are working on all different aspects of the future of the town, to come together and share what they’ve been doing.”

The first summit was such a success that the participants wanted to meet twice a year, the manager said, adding that next week “we’re going to further explore where we’ve come since May, (and) what our boards and committees are doing now.”

Specific areas in town where a TIF district could be established will be among topics of discussion, Roy explained.

“The goal is that we all keep working together, even though we’re all working on separate projects,” she said.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.