Old Town councilors to review deer hunt

Posted Feb. 17, 2009, at 8:39 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — At its regularly scheduled meeting this Thursday evening, the Old Town City Council will review the results of the herd-reduction bowhunt for deer that was conducted over two weeks in December on two parcels of city-owned land. Representatives from the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Maine Bowhunters Association will be on hand to present information and answer questions.

The controversial hunt was the first in recent memory on Marsh Island, which has been a designated game preserve since 1965.

Councilors also will consider creation of a joint economic and community development work group with the town of Orono and the University of Maine. The group would be charged with identifying and supporting projects that benefit the three communities, including traffic and transportation improvements and downtown development.

The meeting agenda also includes a review of the city’s agreement with LaBree’s Bakery, which several years ago borrowed $297,000 from the city to build a wastewater pre-treatment plant at its facility on Gilman Falls Avenue.

Finally, the council will conduct a preliminary discussion of City Manager Peggy Daigle’s proposed city budget for the coming year and its impact on property taxes. The gross budget for the current year, including both municipal and school funding, is $22,771,815, according to Daigle. She has prepared three different proposals for next year, which could raise the budget by as much as 11.69 percent or as little as 2.75 percent.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, on the ground floor of the Old Town Public Library at 46 Middle St.

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