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  • Anonymous

    Why wouldn’t it have made more sense to put a few people to work sweeping streets than spending a whole bunch of money on a used piece of equipment that will without a doubt Nichol and dime the town to no end. A mechanical street sweeper is a very high maintenance machine. Brooms don’t cost much and people need the jobs.

    • Anonymous

      Got to dispose of all that extra tax money.

      • Anonymous

        I for one know of the advantages of the street sweeper. The dust that is caused by sweeping puts a lot of dirt on the front of buildings on main street. When the buildings are washed that are on main street it creates mud. I know where you are coming from but I think the street sweeper is a good investment.

        • Anonymous

          We wouldn’t need a sweeper in the mill wasn’t putting so much polution in the air.

          • James Leavitt

            Um Sir, I do believe that towns without mills use street sweepers.  Most of the time you will see them cleaning up the sides of the streets from all the sand that was put down from the Public Works over the winter months.  The mill may contribute but i’d have to go with my common sense and say that your own town contributes to the need to clean up more than any mill would.  And before you try to say anything about me not knowing.  I do pay taxes to the town of Lincoln as i do own property there.  

    • Anonymous

        Why don’t you go down to the Town office and volunteer your time.  You may earn your “NICKLE”.  Can you really imagine a bunch of people walking the roads and sweeping.  How many would get hit by cars, claim injuries on the job and collect workers comp.  Most people who need jobs wouldn’t “lower” their standards enough for manual labor.  Most want an easy job.  You just can’t supervise the size of work force it would take to clean all of the streets in Lincoln.   Get serious!  Lincoln really is a beautiful town, it may smell like mill sometimes but at least you won’t have to breathe in all the dust.  

    • Anonymous

      You are applying too much common sense in a town known to have none.

      This is a town with so many self-serving individuals on the take that they have been known to sell their first born for a free hot dog and Miller’s Lite.

      • Anonymous

        arthur, you can’t ever back anything you say up.

    • Anonymous

      Sweeping the streets be hand are days gone bye. Try and get a student to work for minimum wage these days and also to show up to work 5 days in a row. Now lets look at the insurance requirements to train these students to work in a public right of way, now lets look at the cost to supply each student with PPE such as resperators because the silica dust is harmful. Now i am no rocket scieantist but i can add 2+2 and come up with 4. So even i know it is not feasible to try and sweep the streets by hand in 2012. If you guys that live in Lincoln dont want the street that you live on swept call the Town Office i bet they will be glad to skip the area by your house might even save some fuel to. I bet the their phone will be ringing off the wall in the town office with you guys callin asking to be taken off the sweeping list BAHAHAHAHAHA

      • Anonymous

         Boy, I must defend those students you seem to be so bias about. I have hired young people to work for me  many, many times over the years. They are no different than adults. Some are good workers and responsible, some are not. We must remember that young people need to be taught good work ethics and responsibility in order for them to become good citizens. They need more opportunity not criticism. A little hard, dirty work never hurt anyone.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    So the Rollins Mt. tiff paid for less than one third of the cost, yet this is twice now that Sambides has written a report on this with a headline claiming  “Bowers Mt. wind revenue”  was paying for the sweeper.  Come on Nick, do you have to make your love affair with First Wind so blatant?  

  • Anonymous

    Boy, that sweeper really makes it all worth while for those people who are living with the turbine noise, have watched their property values plummet, and instead of looking at the mountains in the twilight are watching red flashing lights.  I guess they have learned their lesson!  Don’t look for empathy from your town.   Keep your eyes on the ground and celebrate clean streets!  Isn’t that the view that matters?

    • Anonymous

      i live 1 mile from the the wind farm in Lincoln and the only time i hear any noise was when i stood under one of the turbines. i thin k alot of people suffer from “it’s all in your head” syndrome. as far as the view, i think the Turbines look really nice.

      • James Leavitt

        Agree Sir,  I own property a few miles from the windmills.  Was over there during hunting season, stood right under the windmills and you cant hear or even feel them.  I’ve been up to Mars Hill and played golf directly under the 20 or so up there, no noise.  Im sure at times you might hear something but I feel what they are hearing is the air flowing through their own ears.  

  • Penny Gray

    Wow, Lincoln, I guess we know where your priorities lie.  The folks in your town must put more store on the cleanliness of their streets than the grandeur of their surroundings.  If that’s all you got from selling out your mountains to wind developers, I’d say you came out on the short end of the stick.

    • Anonymous

      The folks in the town office couldn’t care less. The friends of Lincoln Lakes group had 300 members at one time. Many have “for Sale ‘ signs on their camps now, much to the realtors delight, except no one is buying property with a view of ugly blinking turbines. The new TIF money must be spent quickly, it is burning a hole in someone’s pocket. It will be less each year.

  • Anonymous

    So Lincoln got $30,000 of wind revenue to help pay for 1/3 of a used street sweeper?

    Looks like a very misleading headline.  Why is the Bangor Daily News so biased for the wind industry? I thought a newspaper was supposed to be fair and impartial.

    The population of Lincoln, Maine is about 3,000 people.  So if everyone in the twon paid $10 they could have had their fancy used street sweeper without having to destroy their formerly beautiful scenic surroundings

    What a terrible sacrifice for so little benefit……………

    • Anonymous

      The population is well over 5000-get your fact straight

  • Anonymous

    Ever here of a broom?

  • Anonymous

    A street sweeper, a full time new detective, what is next for the officials to buy with their TIF money? A K9 unit, SWAT team, whatever . Who gets to maintain all this stuff when the TIF money stops? TIF regs. make no difference to a town who denied their own citizens due process and broke their own zoning regs. You can’t blame the new councillors, but the older ones were very much at fault except Mike and Marscella who were listening. Any town should see the FREE movie “windfall” coming soon to many towns in the state. It should be MANDATORY for town officials who need to get up to speed on windsprawl matters before the slick city wind lawyers come to town with sweet deals and fallacious claims. Seems like  the old sweeper could have been fixed. The mill is a hundred years old and it is still running . Parts break, they get fixed. A motor burns out, replace it. Welding and major repairs could be done in the winter to keep the guys busy. 

    • Anonymous

      How did the town deny due process? I was at more than one town council meeting that lasted over three hours because the people who were against the windmills voiced their concerns.

      • Anonymous

        We were denied an appeal of the Planning Board’s decision. The papers were passed to Ruth and she could have told us they were not in order or that she didn’t know who  FOLL was, or that only one person could sign it, or whatever. She accepted the appeal after looking it over. The Appeals Board were advised by Juliet Browne, that the Board could ask for further identification, accept the appeal as is , or deny it. The Chair quickly had his predetermined colleagues vote to deny on the grounds that he didn’t know who we were, though we were at a bunch of meetings, identified ourselves whenever we spoke , and were on record as a nonprofit org. It was a set up. Check the zoning regs. if you care to, the project is in violation. Go see the movie Windfall. It is free and questionable  tactics are used by wind developers in many towns.  I agree that we need to get the sand off the streets, by the way.

        • Anonymous

          Where can I see Windfall?

          • Anonymous

            Coming soon to a NIMBY house near you

          • Anonymous

            Windfall plays Fri. March 30 in Island Falls at  the snowsled club at 6:30 PM. It is at 473 Houlton Rd, just past  Matt. Lake. On Sat the 31, it plays in Bar Harbor at Reel Pizza at 33 Kennebec Place at 1:30. NY Times rates it highly as an indie film

        • Anonymous

          you were denied an appeal by the appeals board, not the Council.

          • Anonymous

            That is what I said. They were all in cahoots with the FirstWind lawyer. What is your connection to FirstWind?

          • Anonymous

            I have no connection. just beacuse i like the windmills doesnt mean i have a connection to them, i am a life long Lincoln resident and a Taxpayer who doesn’t see anything wrong with the Turbines.  

        • Anonymous

          was it her job to tell you that you didn’t even file out the papers correctly. Maybe your high priced atternory should have double checked her work.

    • Anonymous

      I geuss the guys are not busy enough in the winter removing snow so you can ride your butt to town any hour and buy your smoke and one PBR. Get real, So you should be easy to pick out you will be driving a 1953 ford because with your theory of keeping old equipment and replacing parts all the time works for you.

      • Anonymous

        Yup. Even old Harleys can be rebuilt, but they might still leak oil.

  • Anonymous

    PS   It is noteworthy that the big landowners who benefit most from this have vacation properties far from the turbines. Not in their backyards…

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