April 07, 2020

Newport selectmen OK town meeting articles

NEWPORT — Plans at the Wednesday night meeting of the Newport selectmen centered on preparations for the annual town meeting.

Articles were approved for the warrant to ask for the town’s share of funding for the development of an industrial park if grant funds are received to fund the balance. The articles will offer an option of borrowing the money or raising it through taxation.

Voters also will have an opportunity at town meeting to act on a request from the Sebasticook Lake Association. The group has asked to receive the town’s boat excise tax money to fund a fishway. For the first time, the boat excise topped $5,000 in 1997, according to Evelyn Ricker, acting town manager.

The board met in executive session with department heads to discuss 1998 raises.

A vote also was taken to dedicate the 1997 town report to Town Manager Arthur Ellingwood, who has been out of work since last fall with a rare illness.

With Ellingwood apparently unable to return to the position, the board voted to begin advertising for a replacement. Deadline for applications was set for Feb. 20.

Another public hearing for the town’s plans for a storm water separation project with grant money was scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21. The town’s budget committee will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. And selectmen are scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, to return to the board’s regular schedule. Sen. Betty Lou Mitchell is scheduled to attend the session.

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