Kittery’s oldest citizen and the Boston Post Cane

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Story #1

The Town of Kittery presented Ellen M. Tufts with the Boston Post Cane, proclaiming her the oldest living resident of the town.

The Town of Kittery presented Ellen M. Tufts with the Boston Post Cane, proclaiming her the oldest living resident of the town.

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By Brian Early

April 29. 2016 2:13PM

Story # 2

Kittery’s oldest living resident is ‘blessed’

KITTERY, Maine — Her first memory was sitting on the porch with her mother when her father drove up in a Ford Model T.

Her mother was displeased, not only because she was not consulted on the purchase, but because of the expensive $500 cost. That was in 1915, three years after Ellen Mequier Tufts was born. Tufts’ family was the first to have an automobile where they lived in Gray, Maine.

On Thursday, at the age of 104 and three months, Tufts was presented the Boston Post Cane for being the oldest living resident in Kittery. Town Clerk Maryann Place presented the cane to Tufts at an intimate ceremony in her apartment at Meetinghouse Village.

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SEWER BETTERMENT FEE WORKSHOP May 2nd 2016

listening-1krbdt2SEWER BETTERMENT ASSESSMENT PUBLIC FORUM

 

 

 

COUNCIL PACKAGE.PDF VERSION. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOURS

SEWER BETTERMENT ASSESSMENT PUBLIC FORUM

INFORMATION HANDOUT

TOWN OF KITTERY

COUNCILWORKSHOP – 6:00PM, MAY 2ND, 2016

STAR THEATER, KITTERY COMMUNITY CENTER

AGENDA

1. OPEN – INTRODUCTIONS – OVERVIEW

2. PUBLIC COMMENT

3. COUNCIL DISCUSSION

GROUND RULES (please) BREVITY-NON-REPETITION-CIVILITY

THE FOCUS IS ON THE ISSUES

“NOT HOW WE GOT HERE…..BUT WHAT CAN AND SHOULD BE DONE ABOUT IT”

NOTE THAT NO COUNCIL DECISIONS MAY BE MADE AT A WORKSHOP

AN EXPECTED RESULT MAY BE FOR COUNCIL TO REQUEST THE TOWN MANAGER TO BRING FORTH AN ASSESSMENT PLAN RECOMMENDATION, INCORPORATING ANY CONSENSUS DIRECTION THE COUNCIL MAY SUGGESTPage 2 of 10

TOWN REPRESENTATIVES

TOWN MANAGER

CAROL GRANFIELD

TOWN ATTORNEY

DUNCAN McEACHERN

SEWER DEPARTMENT SUPERINTENDENT

GEORGE KATHIOS

KLEINFELDER ASSOCIATES PROJECT MANAGER

MARK THOMPSON

TOWN COUNCIL

COUNCILOR JEFFREY THOMSON

COUNCILOR FRANK DENNETT

COUNCILOR KEN LEMONT

COUNCIL VICE CHAIR CHARLES DENAULT

COUNCILOR RUSSELL WHITE

COUNCILOR JUDITH SPILLER

COUNCIL CHAIRPERSON GARY BEERSPage 3 of 10

BACKGROUND

FROM PRESENTATION TO PLANNNING BOARD, JAN 2013

MAP OF THE SYSTEM

SEWER SYSTEM INFRASTRUCTIRE

Wastewater Treatment Facility (2.4 MGD)

Pumping Stations (21 total)

Buried Sewer Pipes (23.5 miles)

2,000 Sewer Connections for

Kittery + P.N.S. + Eliot

SYSTEM REPLACEMENT VALUE – $100 Million+Page 4 of 10

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

PURPOSE

Reinvest in public infrastructure to ensure it will serve its users’ needs

OBJECTIVES

Identify the necessary improvements to existing infrastructure

Plan for sewer expansion to meet Town’s long term development goals

i.e. Sewer System Expansion/Extension Northwest of Rte 95

SEWER EXPANSION PLANNING HISTORY

1991 Sewering Master Plan

1999 Comprehensive Plan

2004 Route 236Wastewater Collection Expansion Study

2010 Kittery/Eliot Sewer Extension Study and Evaluation

KITTERY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, 1999-2002

“The Town should continue to upgrade the existing sewer and pump station system and continue to reduce the amount of infiltration and inflow of stormwater into the sewer system.”

“The Town should plan for the extension of sewers into those areas where they are needed to facilitate growth that is consistent with the land use policies. Extension of sewers west of the Turnpike in the Route 236 Corridor should be a priority if needed to facilitate high quality nonresidential development within designated growth areas.”

SEWER EXPANSION BENEFITS

Economic Development (Route 236 & Business Park)

Alleviate “Overboard Discharge”

Provide Sewer to Land Unsuitable for Septic Systems

Expand tax basePage 5 of 10

SEWER SYSTEMEXPANSION CAPITAL COST (2013)Page 6 of 10

TRANSPARENCY

Project Public Meetings conducted

w/Legal Notice

Date Forum

January 10, 2013 Planning Board Meeting

January 31, 2013 Planning Board Meeting

February 25, 2013 Town Council Workshop

March 4, 2013 Town Council Meeting

March 25, 2013 Town Council Meeting

April 8, 2013 Town Council Meeting

May 16, 2013 Public Informational Meeting

June 11, 2013 Referendum Vote

June 24, 2013 Town Council Workshop

July 8, 2013 Town Council Meeting

August 22, 2013 Planning Board Meeting

August 26, 2013 Town Council Meeting

March 31, 2014 Town Council Workshop

May 28, 2014 Town Council Meeting

November 13, 2014 Planning Board Meeting

October 19, 2015 Town Council Workshop

PROCESS

Met all the requirements of Maine Law, Town Charter, and local ordinancePage 7 of 10

CURRENT SITUATION

PROJECTED DEPARTMENT REVENUE

ASSESSMENT PARCEL / AREA / FRONTAGE – REVIEWED

For Tax Map data visit Town website to see all 2015 tax maps: http://www.kitteryme.gov/Pages/KitteryME_Assessor/2015%20Tax%20Maps/

Deeds can be downloaded for free at the York County Registry of Deeds after creating a username/password & downloading JAVA: https://gov.propertyinfo.com/ME-York/

Residents can also refer to the Kittery GIS or the Vision Government Solutions public site (may not be as accurate or current as in-house database):

Vision: http://gis.vgsi.com/KitteryME/Search.aspx

GIS: https://eis.woodardcurran.com/kittery/

Area data: All of the Area data has come from the Town’s Vision Appraisal database. This square footage is on what property owners are taxed.Page 8 of 10

Frontage data: All frontage data has come from tax maps and deeds.

If frontage information was present on a tax map, it was used.

If, however, that data did not make visual sense compared to surrounding parcels OR was very different from original data, the deeds were checked for correct information. If the deeds were a dead end, tax map data was used.

DISCREPANCIES IN THE FINAL PLAN ARE GROUNDS FOR APPEAL

PROJECT & BETTERMENT ASSESSMENT DETAILS

Total Project Cost $7,586,525

Total Betterment Assessment $3,793,263 (50% of Total Project Cost)

Total Number of Parcels 158

Total Front Footage 26,188 linear ft.

Total Area 13,742,202 sq. ft.

Selected Betterment Assessment Per Parcel = unit cost + frontage cost + area cost

Unit = (50%) $1,896,631.25 / Number of Parcels = $12,004.00 /Parcel

Frontage = (25%) $948,315.63 X Parcel Total Frontage = $36.21 /l. ft.

Area = (25%) $948,315.63 X Parcel Total Area = $0.07 /sq. ft.

COUNCIL DISCUSSION CONSIDERATIONS

1. Is any of Betterment Assessment Scenario 2, 3, or 4 more “fair and equitable” than the selected Scenario 1, and should it be changed?

2. Is there some other formula basis that achieves a more “fair and equitable” result?

3. Should Council consider: a. a reduction of the 50% of project cost allocated to betterment assessments?

b. a revision to Title 13 §13.2.2 Sewer Impact Fee Fund, to allow use of collected impact fees for this debt?

c. a revision to Title 13 §13.1.4.4 to allow a longer payment plan period? (and would that be legal?)?

d. authorizing a delay in the Title 13 §13.1.1.11 90-day mandate to connect (i.e. deferment of betterments for those with relatively new septic systems)?

e. deferment of betterments for low income elderly?

4. Should Council: a. obligate Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District 3 – Business Park Funds – to offset the property assessment total?

b. consider use of Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funds (available & future) to offset the property assessment total?

Page 9 of 10

THE NEXT STEPS

Town Code Title 13 §13.1.4.3.4 Record of Location of Sewer Line—Notification of Owner.

A. The municipal officers shall file with the clerk of the Town the location of the sewer line and sewage disposal units and appurtenances, with a profile description of the same and a statement of the amount assessed upon each lot or parcel of land so assessed and the name of the owner of the lots or parcels of land or person against whom the assessment is made.

UPON TOWN MANAGER PRESENTATION OF THE ASSESSMENT PLAN TO COUNCIL

PUBLIC HEARING TO BE SCHEDULED & HELD

APPEALS MUST BE FILED WITHIN 10 DAYSPage 10 of 10

Kittery Fire Department Fire Log march 2016

1966666_10201163088349552_1476642561_nKittery Fire Department

Fire Log for March 2016

03/02/16 @ 2250 Picott Road; vehicle into pole with wires down

03/03/16 @ 1752 205 Coastal Woods Circle; alarm activation

03/03/16 @ 1836 9 Cole Street; outdoor grill fire

03/03/16 @ 1850 14 Lynch Road; odor of gas and CO alarm

03/06/16 @ 2055 22 Debra Lane; medical assist

03/08/16 @ 0814 33 Martin Road; outside fire

03/09/16 @ 1525 1211 State Road, Eliot; automatic mutual aid, structure

03/09/16 @ 1958 Eliot; automatic mutual aid, station coverage

03/10/16 @ 0223 306 US Route One; alarm activation

03/10/16 @ 0522 6 Remicks Lane; smoke in building

03/12/16 @ 0029 7 Shapleigh Road; medical assist

03/20/16 @ 1410 301 US Route One; lift assist

03/20/16 @ 1429 202 Coastal Woods Circle; alarm activation, water leak

03/20/16 @ 1641 Route One at Wilson Road; motor vehicle accident with injury

03/21/16 @ 0828 Route One Bypass @ Route 236; motor vehicle accident with injury

03/21/16 @ 1249 Route One at Tanger Outlet; motor vehicle accident with cleanup

03/21/16 @ 1904 640 Haley Road; large hydraulic oil spill

03/22/16 @ 0309 306 US Route One; alarm activation

03/24/16 @ 1420 158 Brave Boat Harbor Road; medical assist

03/25/16 @ 1756 27 Howard Street; carbon monoxide incident

03/27/16 @ 0014 14A Pleasant Street; electrical problem

03/29/16 @ 1612 27 Wilson Road; public assist, water leak

03/30/16 @ 1431 I-95; motor vehicle accident with reported injury

03/30/16 @ 1458 37 Old Post Road; unpermitted burn

03/31/16 @ 1041 21 Philbrick Road; dryer fire

03/31/16 @ 1147 I-95; motor vehicle accident, vehicle into swamp

03/31/16 @ 1447 27 Government Street; tree on house

27 Calls for March 116 Calls for Calendar Year

 

Protest video of Kittery’s sewer betterment fees released

A video still from a protest video released on Facebook on Monday show a child looking a sign that states,

A video still from a protest video released on Facebook on Monday show a child looking a sign that states, “College or Sewer?” The video is protesting the high fees related to a sewer extension project in the northern part of Kittery, where property owners are facing an average cost of $20,200 each to finance the project.

By Brian Early
bearly@seacoastonline.com

KITTERY, Maine — A catchy song in a short protest video highlighting town residents who will be affected by high sewer betterment fees in Kittery has gone viral locally, collecting nearly 10,000 views since it was posted Sunday morning.

It highlights the growing anger from a group of residents who each face an approximate $20,000 bill for a nearly finished sewer extension. Since it was posted on Sunday at 8:54 a.m., the video has been shared 199 times as of Tuesday night with more than 9,600 views.

The video is slideshow of pictures showing various signs made and mostly held by residents in the neighborhood where sewer was extended. They are protesting the high cost of their expected payment for the project that will be completed in the coming weeks.

THERE IS A LOT MORE TO THIS STORY at the PORTSMOUTH HERALD. CLICK HERE FOR THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE.

By Brian Early
bearly@seacoastonline.com

Here is the video.

THERE IS A LOT MORE TO THIS STORY at the PORTSMOUTH HERALD. CLICK HERE FOR THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE.

By Brian Early
bearly@seacoastonline.com

THIS LINK IS A LINK TO ALL THE PORTSMOUTH HERALD STORIES ABOUT THE SEWER BETTERMENT FEES.

 

Kittery Sewer Expansion Betterment Workshop MAY 2nd KCC

TO BE HELD AT THE KITTERY COMMUNITY CENTER ON may 2ND. AT 6 p.m.

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Kittery, ME: The Town Council has scheduled a workshop on Monday, May 2nd at 6:00 pm to be held at the Kittery Community Center. The workshop initially scheduled for April 25th has been changed to this date in order to provide sufficient space and time for the Town Council to present information and review any concerns expressed. If specific questions are desired to be answered during the workshop, residents are encouraged to submit them prior to the meeting.

For Immediate Release

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT THE TOWN MANAGER AT.

Town Manager Carol Granfield

200 Rogers Rd.

Kittery, Maine 03904

207-475-1329

FAX: 207-439-6806

Email. cgranfield@kitteryme.org

 

 

Kittery Town Council Packet and agenda. 4-25-2016

PAPERWORKKittery Town Council Packets. Click this link to download yours today.

http://www.kitteryme.gov/Pages/KitteryME_News/055018FB-000F8513

April 25, 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

7. Acceptance of Previous Minutes

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.

10. PUBLIC HEARINGS

a. (040216-1) The Kittery Town Council moves to hold a public hearing in accordance with 6.11 (2) of the Kittery Town Charter to approve the extension of the MRI contract for Carol Granfield, Interim Town Manager, to expire upon the appointment of a new Town Manager.

b. (040216-2) The Kittery Town Council moves to hold a public hearing in accordance with 6.11 (2) of the Kittery Town Charter, to ordain a multi-year contract with Tyler Technologies for accounting software from May 1, 2016 through April 30, 2019 and to award an alternative procurement method to enter in to a multi-year contract with Tyler Technologies.

c. (400216-3) The Kittery Town Council moves to hold a public hearing in accordance with 6.09 (4) of the Kittery Town Charter, to transfer $20,000 from Administration account #101110-65480 Other Professional Services, to a special revenue fund account to be established by the Finance Director.

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. (040216-4) The Kittery Town Council moves to approve the disbursement warrants.

c. (040216-5) The Kittery Town Council moves to read and sign a proclamation of congratulations and acknowledgement of Kittery’s oldest resident, Ellen M. Tufts, as being named the recipient of the Boston Post Cane.

d. (040216-6) The Kittery Town Council moves to approve a renewal application from Sonmat, Inc., 7 Wallingford Square, Unit 102, Kittery, ME for a Malt, Spirituous and Vinous Liquor License for Anju Noodle Bar, 7 Wallingford Square, Unit 102.

e. (040216-7) The Kittery Town Council moves to approve a renewal application from John K. Reed, 139 Cass Street, Portsmouth, NH, for a Malt, Spirituous and Vinous Liquor License for The Corner Pub, 4 Wallingford Square.

f. (040216-8) The Kittery Town Council moves to extend the appointment of Carol Granfield’s appointment as Interim Town Manager until a new Town Manager is appointed.

g. (040216-9) The Kittery Town Council moves to appoint a representative to meet with the Chair of the Conservation Commission to interview Anne Formalarie for her appointment to that board as an associate member until 12/31/19.

h. (040216-10) The Kittery Town Council moves to accept the resignation from Deborah Lynch from the Planning Board.

i. (040216-11) The Kittery Town Council moves to approve a request from Kittery/Eliot VFW Memorial Post 9394 to hold the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies on Sat., May 28th beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Walker Street.

j. (040216-12) The Kittery Town Council moves to authorize the Rice Public Library to use the Fort Foster facility (baseball field) on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 and to extend their hours until 9:30 p.m. to show an outdoor movie for the closing celebration of their Summer Reading Program.

k. (040216-13) The Kittery Town Council moves to discuss and take action on the process for hiring a new Town Manager.

14. COUNCILOR ISSUES OR COMMENTS

15. COMMITTEE AND OTHER REPORTS

a. Communications from the Chairperson

b. Committee Reports

16. EXECUTIVE SESSION

17. ADJOURNMENT

Posted: April 28, 2016

 

Autoworks Garage Dance in Kittery April 16th 7 to 11

imageATTENTION Goverment St  on the hill in Kittery

Ben Baldwin and the Big Note a favorite local band for 40 years playing at the Autoworks 40th anniversary Garage Dance Benefit.

Please place our community fundraiser event on the calendar section for Kittery and Fun and exciting fundraiser for Great Bay Services of Sanford, Me and Newington, NH. this week; Sat. April 16, 2016 , 7-11pm

 

Autoworks Garage Dance To Help Individuals With Disabilities
Proceeds from celebration to benefit Great Bay Services

Kittery, ME… Lots of businesses get their start in a garage. However, not many would choose to celebrate their 40th anniversary in one.

That’s exactly what Autoworks owner, Stephen Kosacz, is doing on Saturday evening, April 16. And true to the company’s mission of caring for both cars and community, all proceeds from the celebration will benefit a local non-profit organization, Great Bay Services.

“We’ve hosted nearly 20 Garage Dances,” said Kosacz, “but this one is set to be our biggest ever.”

For the dance, volunteers from Autoworks and Great Bay Services will transform the nine service bays of the AAA-approved repair facility into a makeshift dance hall. An elevated stage will feature the evening’s entertainment – the popular Seacoast band, Ben Baldwin and the Big Note, who also happen to be celebrating their 40th anniversary.

Funds raised from the event, plus a raffle with prizes and cash awards, will be donated to Great Bay Services, which for six decades has been dedicated to helping intellectually and developmentally challenged individuals, their families, and those who care for them.

imageThe assistance will be welcome at the non-profit, which was the first organization of its kind in New Hampshire, being founded by concerned parents back in the 1950s, and now with locations throughout southern New Hampshire and Maine.

“We’ve seen a big decline in federal and state reimbursements for disabled services in recent years,” said Great Bay Services Executive Director, Dawn Lewis.

“We’re looking for creative solutions that can help us close this funding gap, and are grateful that Autoworks has chosen to support our programs and services with proceeds from this amazing evening,” added Lewis.

In addition to the music of Ben Baldwin and the Blue Note, Lwynnsound will provide audio and lighting for the event, Laminated Films is donating colored Mylar strips to wrap the car lifts, and local eateries such as Bloom’n Cow and Ceres Street Bakery will be donating light refreshments and food. No alcohol will be served but attendees are welcome to B.Y.O.B.

  1. The Garage Dance kicks off at 8PM on Saturday, April 16. The dancing and good times will continue until midnight.

 

NH police captain selected as Kittery’s new chief

 

KITTERY, Maine — A Manchester, N.H. police captain is slated to become Kittery’s new police chief pending a background check and contract negotiations.

Interim Town Manager Carol Granfield announced the conditional offer to Det. Capt. James Soucy at Monday’s Town Council meeting.

Soucy, a 24-year law enforcement veteran, started his career in Maryland in 1989 as a state trooper and flight paramedic, according to his resume. In 1992, he became a patrol officer in Manchester and has remained in the department since, working up the rank structure. While a sergeant, he served as SWAT team leader and assistant SWAT commander. As a lieutenant, he was the patrol shift commander for the state’s most populated city.

There is a lot more to this story, click this link to read the article.

By Brian Early
bearly@seacoastonline.com

April 11. 2016 10:26PM

 

Kittery police investigating elder robberies

BadgelogKittery police investigating elder robberies regarding two reported robberies that occurred on Monday night. One occurred in the area of Bridge Street and the other was in the area of Village Green Drive. Both victims were elderly. Police are asking those in the Kittery area to call police if they see anything suspicious. Kittery police can be reached at (207) 439-1638.

By Brian Early
bearly@seacoastonline.com

KITTERY, Maine — The Kittery police chief said the department has not made any arrests from two incidents Monday evening: a robbery and attempted robbery.

Chief Ted Short held a press conference at the police station and elaborated on some of the details from the two incidents.

The first incident occurred around 7:15 p.m. on the area of Bridge Street. Short said an elderly man was walking his dog back home when an unknown male approached him from behind and said he had a knife and demanded the victim’s wallet. When the victim yelled to his wife to call the police, the subject fled without any money and without showing a weapon. The victim was not injured.

About an hour later, and about a half-mile from the first incident, another 911 call came from Village Green Drive. An elderly woman reported a man had entered her residence and demanded money. “He told her to give him all her money and she would not be hurt,” Short said.

 

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