Kittery Budget Passed

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Kittery Town Council approves $27.7M budget By Jesse Scardina
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KITTERY, Maine – The Town Council approved the 2016 budget of roughly $27.7 million Monday night, representing a slight tax increase for the upcoming year.

The budget was approved 7-0 by council, with Councilor Frank Dennett acknowledging the voters’ decision to spend, as represented at the town vote earlier this month were three infrastructure bonds were approved, as was an increased school budget.

“I’ve generally tried to pare the budget down,” said Dennett, a staple on the Kittery council and notorious stickler for cost savings. “There’s no visible support for conservative spending in this community, we seem to have plenty of money. Some people don’t like it, but I find no backing, so I’m going to join them seeing as I can’t beat them – with the caveat that it is not the duty of the council to protect the taxpayers against the actions of the voters.”

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A Kittery Foreside Update

Valet-ParkingKITTERY, Maine – Anneke Jans in downtown Kittery will be offering complimentary valet parking Friday and Saturday nights for dinner patrons. The valet service will be located at the front door of Anneke Jans from 5 to 9 p.m.

“We love being in downtown Kittery,” said owner Jason Canty. “This wonderful town is bustling with business and we appreciate that people come from near and far. For this reason, we are providing this service to our dinner patrons.”

Anneke Jans is also offering happy hour specials all summer in the lounge with $5 plates and $5 cocktails from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Anneke Lounge. For more information, visit www.annekejans.net.

The Rice Public Library Issue

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Rice library’s bid to relocate sparks fight
Lee Perkins, director of Rice Public Library in Kittery, Maine, said Town Council Chairman Jeffrey Thomson’s proposal to delay funding for the library would force it to close. Photo by Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline
Lee Perkins, director of Rice Public Library in Kittery, Maine, said Town Council Chairman Jeffrey Thomson’s proposal to delay funding for the library would force it to close. Photo by Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

By Jesse Scardina
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KITTERY, Maine – A proposal by the Town Council chairman to suspend half of Rice Public Library’s funding until April was referred to as punishment or intimidation by other councilors, with the library director saying such a change would shut down the library.

At Monday’s council meeting where it unanimously approved a $27.7 million budget, Chairman Jeffrey Thomson motioned that the library’s funding, which was appropriated in full, be delivered on a different scale, so it puts pressure on the library to work more closely with the town in regards to future plans for the library.

The library currently gets a third of its funds in August, a third in December and a third in April. Thomson proposed to appropriate half of the $448,412 in this calendar year, with the other half in April.

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A Sarah Long Bridge Replacement Story

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Framed by a large shaft structure, Cianbro contractors work on the trestle at the NH Port Authority in Portsmouth as part of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge replacement project.<br />
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Framed by a large shaft structure, Cianbro contractors work on the trestle at the NH Port Authority in Portsmouth as part of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge replacement project. Photo by Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

By Deborah McDermott
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The Sarah Mildred Long Bridge replacement is “a very complex project” that has already logged 50,000 man-hours since the inception of work last fall. But the project is on time and moving along smoothly. And in just the next week alone, work on the major parts of the bridge is set to begin in Maine, Pittsfield, Mass., and Alabama.

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“It’s all been very rewarding to see the project coming together so well,” said Ron Taylor, Maine Department of Transportation resident engineer for the project. “It’s a very challenging site, with the tides and working over the water. And it’s the biggest project I’ve ever been on. But I’ve been enjoying it.”

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The new $170 million Long Bridge replacement project is a joint venture between Maine and New Hampshire, replacing the existing bridge, the No. 1 red-listed bridge in the Granite State. General contractor Cianbro Construction agreed to build it for $158 million, with the remaining $11.5 million for engineering and design costs. A $25 million federal grant will pay for a rail line that is used to ship nuclear material from Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

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Kittery Block party raises $25,000

kittery-block-partyKITTERY, Maine — There were lots of smiles, balloons handed out by a costumed gorilla and savory food scents wafting through the Foreside during the fifth annual Kittery Block Party Saturday.

“This is a party with a purpose,” said Ben Lord, who co-chaired the event with Julie Sudderth. “We are giving out $25,000 to local civic organizations and nonprofits.”

The day-long event highlighting local businesses, organizations and restaurants had something to please everyone. But, what was heard over and over from some of the estimated 5,000 people attending the event, was that it was family-oriented and kept local.

“This gets bigger every year,” said Terence O’Neil of Lebanon, who was taking a “popcorn break” with his 3-year-old twins, Hugo and Fergus on the steps of Rice Public Library. His wife, Becca Pawling was leading girls from New Heights through the crowd on stilts.

“It’s a great friendly, family event,” O’Neil said.

 

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Kittery looks to create a regional Police Dispatch

BadgelogKITTERY, Maine — Voters’ decision earlier this month to fund a $900,000 municipal infrastructure bond moved the town in the direction of potentially hosting a regional dispatch center for southern York County.

The Kittery and Eliot police dispatch center, housed as part of the police station at Kittery Town Hall, is due for a much-needed upgrade, according to town officials, regardless of whether the town houses a regional dispatch center. But with the space available and roughly $300,000 of new equipment expected to be installed in the fall, Kittery and Eliot Police Chief Theodor Short believes it makes sense from public safety and fiscal standpoints to move to a regional dispatch center.

“Based on the space we have and on conversations that have been going on for 11 years since I started in Eliot, we should create a southern Maine consolidated dispatch center,” Short said.

Most towns in southern Maine currently have some form of regionalized dispatch – Kittery and Eliot dispatch together, as does South Berwick and Berwick and Wells and Ogunquit. In addition, all area 911 calls are filtered through a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), which is based in York.

Plans to regionalize dispatch and 911 calls to one center in southern Maine – and in a grander scheme, all of York County – dates back nearly 20 years, according to South Berwick Police Chief Dana Lajoie.

 

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Kittery Fire Logs for May in case you missed it.

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Fire Log for May 2015

05/01/15 @ 1853 345 US Route One, Ann Taylor store; electrical burning odor

05/03/15 @ 1149 29 Wilson Road; brush fire

05/04/15 @ 1357 86 Martin Road; smoke investigation, illegal burn

05/04/15 @ 1950 105 Philbrick Ave; odor of gas in residence

05/05/15 @ 1037 9 Badgers Island West; alarm activation

05/05/15 @ 1638 301 US Route One, Trading Post; alarm activation

05/06/15 @ 1143 Tower Road; outside fire, brush

05/06/15 @ 1240 Ossipee NH; mutual aid, wildland fire

05/06/15 @ 1910 17 George St; smoke check

05/07/15 @ 1956 Town Farm Forest; woods fire

05/07/15 @ 2110 16 Dahlia Drive; alarm activation

05/09/15 @ 0659 Whipple Road; motor vehicle accident with personal injury

05/09/15 @ 1118 Izzy Lane; public assist, residential lockout

05/10/15 @ 1438 Mitchell School; propane gas leak

05/10/15 @ 1618 Chaucey Creek Lobster; EMS assist, lift assist

05/10/15 @ 1845 Kittery Traffic Circle, Dairy Queen; motor vehicle accident, entrapment

05/11/15 @ 0651 21 Manson Ave; alarm activation

05/11/15 @ 0732 23 Martin Road; smoke investigation, non-permitted burn

05/11/15 @ 1617 610 Haley Road; public assist

05/11/15 @ 2005 24 Gerrish Island Land; alarm activation

05/12/15 @ 1554 Eliot Fire Station; mutual aid, station coverage

05/12/15 @ 1931 Portsmouth, NH; mutual aid, to scene of structure fire

05/14/15 @ 1552 We Care Dry Cleaners; dumpster fire

05/16/15 @ 1729 318 US Route One, Bose/Starbucks; fire under loading dock

05/18/15 @ 1050 US Route One; motor vehicle accident with personal injury

05/18/15 @ 1345 Memorial Bridge; motor vehicle accident, general cleanup

05/19/15 @ 1815 I-95 North, Information Center; car carrier fire

05/19/15 @ 2144 7 Wallingford Square; alarm activation

05/20/15 @ 0753 Naval Shipyard Fire Station; mutual aid, station coverage

05/22/15 @ 0913 518 US Route One, Child Care Services; alarm activation

05/22/15 @ 1442 Eliot Fire Station, mutual aid; station coverage

05/25/15 @ 1118 I-95 South; fire on side of highway, clothing from truck

05/25/15 @ 1508 Wilson Road & Picott Road; motor vehicle accident with injury

05/25/15 @ 1810 5 Shapleigh Road; alarm activation

05/26/15 @ 0155 Shapleigh Road, Suds & More; gas pump suppression system activation

05/28/15 @ 1256 146 Dennett Road; alarm activation

05/28/15 @ 1433 345 US Route One; alarm activation

05/31/15 @ 1231 99 US Route One Bypass; alarm activation

38 Calls for May 202 Calls for Calendar Year

 

Kittery Police Logs 06/03/2015 to 06/16/2015

Kittery Police Department Log 06/03/2015 Badgelogto 06/09/2015

June 3rd

12:03 a.m. – Following a motor vehicle stop on the US Route One Bypass Jamie St. Laurent, 31, of 22 Sumac Street, Exeter, NH was summonsed for operating vehicle without license and failure to register vehicle.

2:03 a.m. – An alarm from a location on State Road was investigated and determined to be a false alarm.

10:29 a.m. – An officer initiated a traffic stop on Route 236.

12:50 p.m. – Officers assisted the fire department on US Route One.

1:23 p.m. – A lost and found bicycle was turned into the police department.

1:27 p.m. – An animal complaint was received from Pepperrell Road.

4:15 p.m. – An officer assisted with a civil matter on Betty Welsh Road.

6:35 p.m. – Disorderly conduct was reported on Jean Street.

7:39 p.m. – An individual came into the police department to report a hit and run accident that occurred on US Route One.

June 4th

12:05 a.m. – Officers responded to Bridge Street for a disturbance. Peace was restored.

12:38 a.m. – Suspicious activity was investigated on Lewis Road.

9:34 a.m. – A citizen came into the police department to report a lost article.

9:57 a.m. – A call was received regarding suspicious activity on Island Ave.

10:57 a.m. – A resident came into the police department to report a theft that occurred on Hunter Ave.

11:49 a.m. – A motor vehicle accident involving two vehicles occurred on State Road.

12:33 p.m. – An individual came into the police department to report fraud.

3:18 p.m. – A report of shoplifting was received from a business on US Route One.

3:23 p.m. – An officer assisted another agency on the US Route One Bypass.

6:21 p.m. – Officers responded to the area of Betty Welch Road and Cutts Road for a report of a disturbance.

8:55 p.m. – Criminal mischief was investigated on Moore Street.

8:25 p.m. – An animal complaint was received from Wilson Road.

9:46 p.m. – Assistance was provided to another agency.

10:03 p.m. – An officer assisted another agency on Badgers Island.

10:51 p.m. – Suspicious activity on US Route One was investigated.

11:37 p.m. – An officer initiated a traffic stop on Rogers Road.

11:57 p.m. – Following a motor vehicle stop on Route 236 Nathaniel L. Perham, 32, of 10 Pettigrew Road was summonsed for operating while license suspended or revoked.

June 5th

1:43 a.m. – An alarm from a business on US Route One was determined to be a false alarm.

4:15 a.m. – An alarm from School Lane was found to be a false alarm.

8:01 a.m. – A citizen came into the police department to report harassment.

9:39 a.m. – An individual came into the police department to report a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Wilson Road.

11:04 a.m. – A motor vehicles accident involving two vehicles occurred on US Route One.

12:05 p.m. – An alarm from a location on Pepperrell Road was found to be a false alarm.

3:56 p.m. – A two vehicle motor vehicle accident occurred on State Road.

7:38 p.m. – An officer assisted with a civil matter on US Route One.

8:42 p.m. – US Route One was checked for a vehicle that was being operated erratically. The vehicle was gone upon the officer’s arrival.

11:12 p.m.- Following a traffic stop on Route 236 George Berry, 25, of 149 Portland Ave, unit #107, Dover, NH was summonsed for operating without license and operating with suspended registration.

11:32 p.m. – A report of a violation of a court order was investigated.

June 6th

1:10 a.m. – A report of suspicious activity was investigated on Irwin Street.

7:42 a.m. – An officer initiated a traffic stop o US Route One.

3:38 p.m. – A hit and run accident occurred on US Route One.

7:07 p.m. – A report was received of a loose dog on Pettigrew Road.

9:43 p.m. – Disorderly conduct was reported on Sterling Road.

11:11 p.m. – An officer responded to Eliot Road for a report of disorderly conduct.

1:15 p.m. – Following a report of a theft on Walker Street a juvenile was arrested for theft by receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana.

11:55 p.m. – An officer initiated a motor vehicle stop on Badgers Island.

June 7th

12:56 a.m. – A caller reported disorderly conduct on Dennett Road.

7:06 a.m. – An alarm from a location on Goodwin Road was investigated and determined to be a false alarm.

10:51 a.m. – The animal control officer responded to Goodwin Road for an animal issue.

11:04 a.m. – A resident came into the police department to report a violation of a court order.

12:51 p.m. – Zachary Clayton Spinney, 34, of 54 Eliot Road, unit 1, was arrested on another agency’s warrant.

5:11 p.m. – A stray dog found on Seapoint Road was taken to creature comforts.

7:22 p.m. – Following a motor vehicle stop on Route 236 Peter F. Donovan, 47, of 62 Paul Street, South Berwick was summonsed for operating while license suspended or revoked.

June 8th

12:11 p.m. – An officer responded to Lewis Road for a report of a hit and run accident.

4:32 p.m. – Following a traffic stop on US Route One Raymond M. Keene, 11, of York Beach was summonsed for operating while license suspended or revoked.

6:25 p.m. – An officer assisted with a civil issue on Pepperrell Road.

7:53 p.m. – A business on US Route One called to report an unwanted customer. Officers responded, and peace was restored.

8:08 p.m. – An officer checked on suspicious activity they observed on Old Post Road.

9:12 p.m. – Suspicious activity on State Road was investigated.

11:00 p.m. – Assistance was provided to another agency on Walker Ave.

June 9th

3:52 a.m. – A resident of Pepperrell Road reported suspicious activity.

7:15 a.m. – An alarm from Mendum Ave was investigated and found to be a false alarm.

8:34 a.m. – A call was received regarding a lost skill saw.

12:15 p.m. – Disorderly conduct was reported on Dana Ave.

1:01 p.m. – A citizen reported phone harassment.

1:59 p.m. – A motor vehicle accident involving two vehicles occurred at the intersection of Goodsoe Road and Colonial Road.

2:49 p.m. – A report was received of phone harassment.

4:43 p.m. – An IPhone was reported lost on the I-95 Freeway.

5:59 p.m. – An aggressive dog was reported at large on Pleasant Street.

6:00 p.m. – James Lee Barnhard, 60, of US Route One, York was arrested for domestic violence assault and violation of protective order.

6:42 p.m. – A report of a disturbance on Chauncey Creek Road was investigated.

7:54 p.m. – Donald G. St. Pierre, 50, of 86 Beech Ridge Road, Eliot was arrested for violation of protective order.

9:13 p.m. – Assistance was provided to another agency.

9:28 p.m. – A caller reported a town code violation on Oak Ter.

 

Kittery Police Department Log 06/10/2015 to 06/16/2015

Jun 10th

10:11 a.m. – An officer responded to US Route One to check on a dog left in a closed vehicle.

12:08 p.m. – Stray pugs were reported on Ash Lane. The dogs were gone upon the officer’s arrival.

2:25 p.m. – A motor vehicle accident occurred on Williams Ave.

2:31 p.m. – a report of disorderly conduct was received from Haley Road.

2:44 p.m. – An officer assisted the fire department on US Route One.

3:06 p.m. – A resident reported a computer lost on Williams Ave.

5:24 p.m. – A hit and run accident resulting in damage to a building was reported on US Route One.

8:44 p.m. –Officers responded to Central Ave for a disturbance.

9:26 p.m. – An officer checked the area of US Route One for a possible drunk driver.

Jun 11th

9:36 a.m. – An officer dealt with an animal issue on Woodlawn Ave.

11:00 a.m. – A report of shoplifting was received from a business on US Route One.

12:56 p.m. – A caller reported a motor vehicle accident that occurred on the US Route One Bypass.

3:07 p.m. – A disturbance was reported on US Route One.

Jun 12th

4:00 a.m. – An officer checked on suspicious activity they observed on the US Route One Bypass.

8:39 a.m. – An alarm from a location on Tower Road was investigated and determined to be a false alarm.

9:05 a.m. – An officer assisted another agency.

9:14 a.m. – Following a motor vehicle stop on US Route One Benjamin Fleury, 28, of 31 Pleasant Street unit #4, Franklin, NH, was summonsed for operating vehicle without license and passenger or operator less than 18 fail to wear safety belts.

11:40 a.m. – An officer checked on suspicious activity they observed on the US Route One Bypass.

12:43 p.m. – Fraud was reported.

1:11 p.m. –An animal complaint was received from US Route One.

1:34 p.m. – A report of a lost and found article was referred to another agency.

2:20 p.m. – An officer initiated a traffic stop on the US Route One Bypass.

3:53 p.m. – A motor vehicle accident involving three vehicles occurred on State Road.

4:24 p.m. – A disturbance was investigated on US Route One.

Jun 13th

2:39 a.m. – An alarm from a business on US Route One was determined to be a false alarm.

3:13 a.m. – Following a report of an assault on Manson Ave Thomas N. Pearson, 24, of 1 Brixham Road, York was arrested for assault.

12:48 p.m. – An officer initiated a traffic stop on the US Route One Bypass.

2:51 p.m. – A caller reported criminal mischief on US Route One.

3:36 p.m. –An individual came into the police department to report a lost and found article.

4:13 p.m. – A resident called to report a burglary.

6:02 p.m. – A citizen spoke to an officer regarding money lost on US Route One.

7:44 p.m. – Suspicious activity was investigated on US Route One.

8:48 p.m. – Disorderly conduct was reported on Cromwell Street.

Jun 14th

10:15 a.m. – An officer conducted a motor vehicle stop on Pocahontas Road.

3:55 p.m. – An individual called to speak to an officer regarding a family issue.

6:07 p.m. – Officers responded to Cutts Road for a report of gunshots. It was determined that the report was unfounded.

7:12 p.m. – A possible drunk driver was reported on Route 236.

7:27 p.m. – Following a motor vehicle stop on the I-95 Freeway Michael F. Lovejoy, 25, of 154 Pearl Street, unit #508, Chelsea, MA, was summonsed for operating vehicle without license, and David J. Quiroz, 26, of 510 Border Street, East Boston, MA, was summonsed for possession of marijuana.

8:46 p.m. – Suspicious activity on Cutts Island Lane was investigated.

10:51 p.m. – An officer initiated a traffic stop on Rogers Road.

June 15th

12:09 a.m. – Officers assisted another agency on the I-95 Freeway.

5:23 a.m. – Suspicious activity was reported on US Route One.

6:10 a.m. – Used syringes were found on US Route One.

8:59 a.m. – A two vehicle motor vehicle accident occurred on State Road.

12:11 p.m. – An individual came into the police department to report suspicious activity on State Road.

2:18 p.m. – A resident contacted the police department regarding a computer scam.

4:01 p.m. – An alarm from Rogers Road was found to be a false alarm.

4:19 p.m. – Theft was reported on US Route One.

5:16 p.m. – An officer assisted with a civil issue on Dennett Road.

6:09 p.m. – Pigs were in the roadway on State Road. The hazard was removed.

6:34 p.m. – Stephen Alexander Frye, 27, of 52 Cole Street was arrested for aggravated assault.

9:23 p.m. – An alarm from a location on Shapleigh Road was investigated and determined to be a false alarm.

Jun 16th

3:27 a.m. – An alarm from a business on US Route One was found to be a false alarm.

4:03 a.m. – Suspicious activity was investigated on Park Ave.

5:04 a.m. – Assistance was provided to another agency.

8:48 a.m. – A cat was reported lost from a residence on Williams Ave.

12:55 p.m. – Another agency was assisted.

10:47 p.m. – A hit and run accident occurred on the US Route One Bypass.