Repairs of historic Life Saving Station set to begin

Repairs of historic Life Saving Station set to begin

Work to cleanup and repair the dilapidated Wood Island Life Saving Station in Portsmouth Harbor may begin next week. Photo by Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline
Work to cleanup and repair the dilapidated Wood Island Life Saving Station in Portsmouth Harbor may begin next week. Photo by Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

By Brian Early
bearly@seacoastonline.com

KITTERY POINT, Maine — Cleanup and exterior restoration to the Wood Island Life Saving Station may start next week after the town and Wood Island Life Saving Station Association awarded the two contracts for the work.

Both contracts were awarded to Chesterfield Associates, Inc., which has an office on Westport Island. The town awarded Chesterfield a $250,000 contract for the removal of hazardous materials on the site, and WILSSA awarded a $400,000 contract for phase I of the exterior repairs to the building at the entrance of the Pistacaqua River. The money for clean-up and repairs have come through grants.

to read the rest of this story, click this link to the Portsmouth Herald

look at this drone video of the island.

Kittery Police Chief Ted Short retires.

Chief Short retires from policing

Kittery Police Chief James Soucy, left, and former Chief Edward Strong, joke around with Chief Ted Short during Short
Kittery Police Chief James Soucy, left, and former Chief Edward Strong, joke around with Chief Ted Short during Short’s retirement party at the Kittery Community Center on Friday. Short has been chief of police with Eliot since 2004, and chief of police in Kittery since 2013. Photo by Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

By Brian Early
bearly@seacoastonline.com

KITTERY, Maine — Nearly 40 years in law enforcement came to an end for Police Chief Ted Short on Friday at a retirement party at the Kittery Community Center.

Since 2004 in Eliot, and since 2013 in Kittery, Short has led the departments after serving as a troop commander for the Maine State Police and a military police officer in the U.S. Army.

There were a lot of smiles and laughs at the KCC as colleagues from Eliot and Kittery joined the chief to celebrate his impending retirement. Officially, Short’s contract runs until the end of June, but after both towns successfully hired their new chiefs and with enough unused vacation time, Short’s commitment to the towns is basically complete.

for the full complete story, click this link to the Portsmouth Herald.

Kittery Community Center B.O.D. calls time out on library plans

KCC calls time out on library plans

This schematic shows a potential site plan for building a new library on the campus of the Kittery Community Center designed by Lassel Architects for the Rice Public Library board of directors and presented at to the KCC board of directors at their meeting in March. Courtesy image
This schematic shows a potential site plan for building a new library on the campus of the Kittery Community Center designed by Lassel Architects for the Rice Public Library board of directors and presented at to the KCC board of directors at their meeting in March. Courtesy image

By Brian Early
bearly@seacoastonline.com

KITTERY, Maine — The Kittery Community Center board of directors requested the Rice Public Library board of directors not to hold meetings or forums about the possibility of building a new library on the KCC campus until the library reaches an agreement with the Town Council.

In a letter to the library board, the KCC board stated it has “appreciated meeting” with the RPL board and the town’s Library Committee to discuss locating the library on the campus twice since January.

to read the full story click this link to visit the Portsmouth Herald.

Traip showcases art at community center

Traip showcases art at community center

Artwork from Traip Academy students is on display at the Morgan Gallery inside the Kittery Community Center. Photo by Brian Early/Seacoastonline
Artwork from Traip Academy students is on display at the Morgan Gallery inside the Kittery Community Center. Photo by Brian Early/Seacoastonline

By Brian Early
bearly@seacoastonline.com

KITTERY, Maine — The best of artwork from students at R.W. Traip Academy is on display until the end of June at the Morgan Gallery inside the Kittery Community Center.

Both individual and group pieces hang in the gallery created by students from Jackie Bousquet’s art classes.

to read the rest of this full length story, click this link for the Portsmouth Herald.

Viewing booths at Kittery sex shop up for renewal

Viewing booths at Kittery sex shop up for renewal

The adult sex shop on Route 236 in Kittery, Maine, near the Eliot town line is seeking to renew eight viewing booths, which is on the agenda at Kittery Town Council
The adult sex shop on Route 236 in Kittery, Maine, near the Eliot town line is seeking to renew eight viewing booths, which is on the agenda at Kittery Town Council’s meeting on Monday. Photo by Deb Cram/Seacoastonline, file

By Brian Early
bearly@seacoastonline.com

KITTERY, Maine — The Town Council on Monday will hold a hearing on the renewal application for the viewing booths at an adult sex shop on Route 236.

Capital Video Corporation is seeking to renew eight viewing booths at the shop called Amazing, located nearby the Eliot town line. The council last year initially denied the license renewal by a 3 to 3 vote. However, the license was renewed unanimously two weeks later by the council after the town was in contact with lawyers at Capital Video.

for the rest of this story, click here to visit the Portsmouth herald.

Kittery Town Council special meeting.

Council Packets for Special Meeting Wednesday night.

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May 25, 2016 Kittery Town Council Council Chambers

Requested by Chairperson Gary Beers

Special Meeting Agenda

5:30 p.m.

1. CALL TO ORDER

2. INTRODUCTORY

3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

4. ROLL CALL

5. PUBLIC HEARINGS

a. (050416-1) The Kittery Town Council moves to hold a public hearing on an application from Frisbee’s Holdings LLC, 5 Milano Drive, Saugus MA for a Victualer’s License for Pepperrell Cove Restaurant, 90 Pepperrell Road.

b. (050416-2) The Kittery Town Council moves to hold a public hearing on an application from Frisbee’s Holdings LLC, 5 Milano Drive, Saugus MA for a Special Activity Amusement Permit for Pepperrell Cove Restaurant, 90 Pepperrell Road.

6. ADJOURNMENT

Posted: May 19, 2016

 

Kittery Town Council Agenda 5-23-2016

Council Packets. PDF version. Click this link

Budget workshop packets click here.

cash3TOWN OF KITTERY

200 Rogers Road, Kittery, ME 03904

Telephone: (207) 475-1329 Fax: (207) 439-6806

WORKSHOPS

5:00 P.M.

The Town Council will meet with the Town Manager and Don Gerrish from Eaton and Peabody to discuss the process for the Town Manager search.

6:00 P.M.

The Town Council will meet with the Town Manager and Department Heads to discuss

the FY’17 budget.

May 23, 2016 Council Chambers

Kittery Town Council

Regular Meeting

7:00 p.m.

1. Call to Order

2. Introductory

3. Pledge of Allegiance

4. Roll Call

5. Agenda Amendment and Adoption

6. Town Manager’s Report

a. Town Manager’s Comments

b. Introduction of the Chief of Police

7. Acceptance of Previous Minutes – 5/9/16 regular meeting

8. Interviews for the Board of Appeals and Planning

9. All items involving the town attorney, town engineers, town employees or other town consultants or requested officials.

a. (050316-1) The Kittery Town Council moves to recognize the recipients of the 2016 Educational (Recycling) Scholarships.

b. (050316-2) The Kittery Town Council moves to approve funding $15,735 to complete the proposed 2016 Spruce Creek Sampling Project for continued water quality analysis in the Spruce Creek watershed for 2016 and to authorize an alternative procurement method to select FB Environmental Associates to complete the work.

c. (050316-3) The Kittery Town moves to authorize the tax collector and deputy tax collectors to accept the prepayment of taxes for fiscal year 2017 that are not yet due or assessed.

d. (050316-4) The Kittery Town Council moves to authorize in accordance with article #4, that was voted on at the June 9, 2015 Town Meeting, the release of funds from unassigned surplus (unencumbered surplus) in the amount of $37,000 for the purpose of providing matching funds for the LWCF Grant award and to appropriate said funds to be deposited into Fund #2078-43510 Athletic Fields Master Plan.

10. PUBLIC HEARINGS

a. (050316-5) The Kittery Town Council moves to hold a public hearing on a renewal application from Capital Video Corporation, 44 Bedson Road, Cranston RI for a Viewing Booths License for Amazing.net, 92 Route 236.

b. (050316-6) The Kittery Town Council moves to hold a public hearing on an application from Maine-ly Meatballs LLC, 41 Myrtle Street #1, Westbrook ME 04092 for a Victualer’s License for Maine-ly Meatballs, Kittery Premium Outlets #4, 345 US Route 1.

c. (050316-7) The Kittery Town Council moves to hold a public hearing on an application from Beth Robinson, 8 Kilrea Road, Derry NH for a Victualer’s License for New England Style Snowballs, Kittery Premium Outlets #4, 345 US Route 1.

11. DISCUSSION

a. Discussion by members of the public (three minutes per person)

b. Response to public comment directed to a particular Councilor

c. Chairperson’s response to public comments

12. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

13. NEW BUSINESS

a. Donations/gifts received for Council disposition

b. (050316-8) The Kittery Town Council moves to approve the disbursement warrants.

c. (050316-9) The Kittery Town Council moves to approve an application from Frisbee’s Holdings LLC, 5 Milano Drive, Saugus MA for a Malt, Spirituous and Vinous Liquor License for Pepperrell Cove Restaurant, 90 Pepperrell Road.

d. (050316-10) The Kittery Town Council moves to accept the resignation from Craig Wilson as a citizen representative from the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee as a result of his appointment as the Board of Appeals Representative.

e. (050316-11) The Kittery Town Council moves to appoint Marissa Day to the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee as a citizen representative until 12/31/16.

f. (050316-12) The Kittery Town Council moves to accept the resignation of Paul Lucy from the Personnel Board.

g. (050316-13) The Kittery Town Council moves to authorize the Kittery Block Party Committee to place a banner across Rogers Road in front of the Community Center and signs at the following locations: Rice Public Library – each building site; Bob’s Clam Hut; York Hospital Kittery; Kittery Trading Post; Kennebunk Savings and Lil’s Café, from June 6th through June 20th 2016, and to post directional signs/arrows in the traffic circle and other spots around town to advertise the Kittery Block Party.

h. (050316-14) The Kittery Town Council moves to schedule a public hearing to be held on June 13, 2016 to extend the contract with Eaton Peabody for the Town Manager search.

i. (050316-15) The Kittery Town Council move to approve the Police Supervisor’s labor contract to expire June 30, 2017.

j. (050316-16) The Kittery Town Council move to approve the annual renewal list for Victualer’s Licenses.

k. (050316-17) The Kittery Town Council moves to approve the annual renewal list for Amusement Devise Licenses.

l. (050316-18) The Kittery Town Council moves to approve a one day extension of the service area of the premises externally on the current liquor license for the Black Birch, from 9:00am – 10:00pm for the Kittery Block Party on June 18, 2016.

14. COUNCILOR ISSUES OR COMMENTS

15. COMMITTEE AND OTHER REPORTS

a. Communications from the Chairperson

b. Committee Reports

16. EXECUTIVE SESSION

17. ADJOURNMENT

Posted: May 19, 2016

 

Friends of the Rice Public Library

Friends of the Rice Public Library @ May 24, at 6:30

 Kim Sanborn of the Kittery Historical & Naval Museum will present a photo/lecture.

 “Through the Lens of Frank Walker”

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Kittery Community Center

Star Theater

May 24, at 6:30

 

Walker provides a look at what life was like back in the day from the Foreside, to the Piscataqua, the Shipyard, Kittery Point, and beyond. Most of the pictures were taken in Kittery around the turn of the century.

 Free Admission

 Light refreshments to follow

Kittery’s Wood Island, a drones eye view

Kittery’s Wood Island, the perspective.

Both Kittery’s clean up contract and WILSSA’s restoration contract were signed the other day by the contractor who was selected through the public bidding process. Work is expected to begin next week and be completed by late September. Although this is only the first phase, it is a big milestone for Wood Island Station’s restoration. Please enjoy the video and share it to keep the public informed.

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To view the other WOOD ISLAND websites click the following links,

http://woodislandlifesaving.org/

http://www.savewoodisland.com/