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Medway officials get closer to closing $130,000 budget gap

Town leaders are creeping closer to keeping the town office open full-time by saving $130,000 in estimated costs inherent in the 2010-11 fiscal budget, town Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee said Wednesday.

Medway to work on $130,000 budget dilemma

MEDWAY, Maine — The Board of Selectmen will meet Monday to wrestle with a $130,000 dilemma posed within the town’s proposed 2010-11 budget, town administrative assistant Kathy Lee said …

Public works director gets raise in Medway

MEDWAY – Satisfied with his performance, the Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 Monday to accept the end of Greg Hale’s six-month probation as the town’s Public Works Department director, town Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee said. Hale will receive a raise increasing his salary from $33,000 to $38,000 as part of …

Medway residents to see 2% tax increase

MEDWAY – Residents will find an increase of just over 2 percent in this year’s tax bills, which are expected to arrive today or Saturday, according to town officials. At a special meeting last week, selectmen set the 2003-04 mill rate at $22.25 per $1,000 of valuation, according to Administrative …

Medway selectman slot awaits candidate’s OK

MEDWAY – Incumbent Jim Lee and John Farrington were elected to three-year terms on the Board of Selectmen during Tuesday’s municipal elections. A total of 361 ballots were cast. Officials said the turn out was high for a primary election. The town has about 1,100 registered voters. Voters elected Farrington …

Medway investigating forming its own police department

MEDWAY, Maine — Town leaders are investigating what it would cost to start their own police department. Town Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee said she is assembling cost estimates for the Board of Selectmen that she plans to present to the board. The suggestion comes from Selectman David Dickey, who raised …

Medway leaders delay budget process until state leaders complete theirs

MEDWAY, Maine — Uncertainty about what the state Legislature will do with Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed state budget has prompted town leaders to delay their own budget work indefinitely, town Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee said Thursday. “How do you put together a budget without knowing what your revenues are going …

Medway town meeting to focus on new funding

MEDWAY – Residents will consider an additional $12,700 in funding for three town accounts during a special town meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the DAV Hall. Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee said taxpayers would not be asked to raise additional taxes to fund the proposals, which if approved …

Boat launch renovation supported in Medway

MEDWAY – Residents and people from across the state Wednesday night showed support for a $57,000 renovation of the state’s boat launch facility, the cost of which would be roughly split by the town and the Department of Conservation. During the public hearing at the Medway Middle School, state conservation …

Medway bans smoking near town’s buildings

MEDWAY – Keep your smoke and cigarette butts out of the way. That was the message Monday night after a unanimous selectmen’s vote to prevent smokers from puffing within 15 feet of any municipally owned building. The new ban will apply to the town’s nine employees, as well as anyone …

Katahdin towns to weigh recreation contract

They don’t get together on every issue, but the three Katahdin region towns seem to agree that combining recreation departments is a good idea. The boards of selectmen for East Millinocket and Medway will hold a joint meeting at 5 p.m. Monday in East Millinocket’s town office to discuss renewing …

Life left in business park plan

MEDWAY – Local businessman Richard Day Jr.’s attempt to build an industrial park might be gaining momentum, town officials said Wednesday. Early in May, the Board of Selectmen wrote a letter on Day’s behalf expressing support for the project. “The project that Mr. Day is bringing to the Town of …

Medway bumps up property tax rate

MEDWAY, Maine — Reductions in town revenues caused by state business enhancement programs and a double-billing forced town leaders to increase the town’s mill rate, officials said Monday. Bills reflecting the town’s new property tax rate, 27.2 mills, have already been sent. Payments are due Dec. 31. The new rate …

Medway installs new $22,000 computer system at town office

MEDWAY – The town office’s new $22,000 computer system was installed Friday and should be fully operational within a week, town officials said. The fully networked computer system, new workstations, software, screens and printers should vastly improve office efficiency for workers while giving town officials a platform from which they …

Budget plan down 11% in Medway Residents won’t catch break on mill rate

MEDWAY – Residents will consider a municipal budget of $827,530 during the annual town meeting Wednesday, June 13. The town’s budget proposal represents a decrease of $59,854 compared with last year. The amount proposed to be raised from local taxes is $500,601, a decrease of $67,537, or 11 percent compared …

Grant seen as crucial to Medway rec center plans

MEDWAY – A special town meeting will be held Monday to determine whether the town will apply for a $350,000 grant to help create a recreation and community center at the Roy Powers Recreational Area on Route 157, town officials said Tuesday. To qualify for the state Community Development Block …

Medway selectmen to adopt lower tax rate Property values in town increase by $5 million

MEDWAY – Medway taxpayers won’t have to dig so deep into their pockets to pay their new tax bills. Officials last week agreed to a new tax rate and will formally adopt it during the selectmen’s meeting Monday. Because the town was late in determining the new tax rate, bills …

Medway hires consultant to help select new fire chief

MEDWAY, Maine — Town leaders are paying Rick Bronson, a former Brewer fire chief and Bangor City Council member, about $750 to help them select a new fire chief, Town Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee said Thursday. Bronson will interview five candidates for chief on Thursday, Feb. 23, and make recommendations …

Medway fireworks show might be canceled

MEDWAY, Maine — Plans made by a group of volunteers to continue the town’s tradition of having mid-August fireworks might collapse soon from a lack of funds, town Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee said Thursday. “They want to raise $3,000, but they are not close,” Lee said. “They are thinking about …

Medway hopes to draw 700 to canoe event

MEDWAY – The meticulous, time-consuming but dying art of canoe making will be the featured draw at the Katahdin Area Wooden Arts-Canoe Festival on Saturday. Held at the Medway recreation grounds off Route 157 and the Penobscot River, the festival will feature canoe makers Jerry Stelmok and Barry Dana demonstrating …