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What also happened at the 3/10/14 Council Meeting

Well you might want to know what happened at the council meeting last night. Since I was present at the Council meeting last night I  thought I will tell you what I saw happen. I feel it is some positive interesting news. There are positive stories in Kittery that happen at the council and this is my side, just the facts. View the stream here or visit Channel 22.

The Town Council last night was interesting to say the least. Although It was not on the agenda and slated for public comment and with the entire councils indulgence, Chairman Jeff Thomson made a spot early on for a spotlight recognition of our own victorious Traip Robo Rangers lead by Teacher Mr. Boudreau.

It started with an impromptu introduction of Mr. Boudreau and the Traip Academy Robo Rangers.  Mr. Boudreau gave a brief talk about the accomplishments of the group and the fact that some of the graduating seniors are going onto prestigious colleges like WPI (Worcester Polytech) ad MIT. (See the Council Meeting Here)

The group called the Traip Robo Rangers, (see Portsmouth Herald Story here) has made a lot of news lately but the have been around since around 2009.


As printed in the Portsmouth Herald, Boudreau and volunteers from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard have worked for the past four years with students entering a separate competition, called FIRST Robotics. This is an after-school activity, and Boudreau offered the robotics class during the school day for those in sports or who had other after-school obligations and couldn’t be part of FIRST Robotics.

The entire class has been built around entering what is called the VEX Robotics competition. VEX Robotics, sponsored by the nonprofit Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is held at the state, national and international level each year.

The VEX part of the group is trying to raise $6000.00 to be able to get the team out to ANAHIEM California. Mr. Boudreau has had help in the past from Teacher Mr. Dicy.

Since the group needs help and Councilors in the past have donated their $20.00 (per Council Meeting) to various charities so I wanted to issue a challenge. I decided to donate some of my Council pay that I have earned since being elected and to the end of March towards that cause.  I issued a challenge to others to either match it or beat it. However, I wish I would have also said they would take any donation. This is what it is about. TEACHING and SUPPORTING our STUDENTS. We could have students who go onto the space program and design lunar landers or robots that do surgeries or other unique professions. There is need to stimulate our students and provide support with staff to incubate these kids.

The students and Mr. Boudreau introduced themselves at the meeting and you can view it on CHANNEL 22. Absent was Teacher Mr. Dicy who once was also was involved with the students. You can view Channel 22 for the schedule of the play back times for this Council meeting. Record it and remember, somewhere in our school system could be the next famous Kittery student.

These programs are cutting edge and we need to cognizant of what is going on behind the scenes and help make a difference. If you would like to donate or make my meager $200.00 donation look bad, so go for it and here is the information.

Tax-deductible contributions in support of the team can be mailed to:
Traip Academy
12 Williams Ave.
Kittery, ME 03904

Attn:Joe Boudreau. Checks can be made payable to the Traip Academy VEX Robotics Team.

The School Budget issue

The issue is about adding revenue to the budget to lower it down. Town Council unanimously voted to keep the budget at 1.5 percent or under as agreed to earlier this year. Thomson said. “A budget is built on the spending side of the ledger; it’s a very slippery slope to build it on the revenue side.”

“At this point, I will not vote to move the school budget on in its current state,” he said.

Councilor Jeff brake and myself agreed.

Councilors Russell White and Judy Spiller both said they want to hear the presentation from the School Committee as to why the budget has deviated from the amount requested.

The school committee will be conducting a work shop on Tuesday 3-11-2014 to review the schools budget. 



I raised an issue brought by up  by a local citizen. based on his inquiry, I brought up the information as conveyed to me. As with the citizen, I don’t know who currently holds the Boston Post Cane for Kittery (given to the oldest living resident), but I think the previous holder passed away in December 2012. Her name was Wilma “Doll” I do not know if anyone else has been awarded the “Cane”, but I do know a woman at Kittery Estates named Alice Mayhew who turned 105 on February 8th of
this year who certainly should be recognized.

If she is in line for the Boston Post Cane it would be nice
to recognize her. I believe the Kittery Town Council awarded the cane
to Doll Edwards but I don’t know how it’s determined who is in line for
it. Alice has been at Kittery Estates since around 2009.

After the meeting, I was delightfully informed by the informed (Chairman Thomson) that the cane is symbolic and is in the glass display case in the front atrium of the Town Hall. I am hoping we can move quick on a new recognition.






MAINE may be holding some money for you.

SHOW ME (MAINE) the Money! (click this link)

Due to a request from the State of Maine and a story by the Portsmouth Herald, I made it easier to find out and search for it on OURKITTERY. Over 4008 listings of people, business and groups that have money waiting for them. Some of the hits included, Traip Graduation Classes, Shapleigh Middle School and the Kittery Fire Department. There were some people who checked out OURKITTERY and found they had over 800.00 dollars coming back to them others discovered small amounts. Please check to see if you or your friends have any money coming to them.

cash3Check here to see if you have cash available.

Information from Councilor Jeff Brake

The recycling committee wants parents from both the Kittery School System, Home School as well as graduates of the  Traip and other citizens looking to advance their education to remember and apply for scholarships. The list of people who can apply for scholarships is on the Town Web Site.

The due date is April 30th, 2014.  These scholarships are open to every one and Council Brake and others are on the  Kittery Recycling Scholarship.

Councilor Brake said you can get your applications here.

Scholarship Application

Scholarship Rules

Any money helps with Educational Expenses.

He also wants expanded Channel 22 and to see the process speeded up.

Note: Town Manager Nancy Puff has been doing a great job so far getting up to speed, getting things caught up and moving forward. It’s a process and it has to be done right but it can also start making leaps. (Denault).

Information from Jeff Thomson

Chairman Thomson brought up items such as getting more members on the boards. Kittery has many openings and can use some good help. These civic posts are important and need to be filled. He asked to schedule a saturday to  interested people could come and learn about what it takes to be on the boards, getting on the boards and the other benefits of serving.

He also brought up an important issue. The summer workers/students working abroad is fast approaching. last year many of these kids were sleeping on benches and had no place to stay. He is trying to get ideas and conversations started so the 40 or more foreign students or workers have a place to stay and have some form of transportation. Many of these kids are happy to use bikes for  transportation.

It should be noted, that even after paying rent, food and other amenities, the money these workers/kids return home helps out their entire family and then some. (Click here for a past OPINION in the Portsmouth Herald). Kittery Town Councilor Jeff Thomson is working to make that welcome just a little warmer when students arrive in the area next spring.

Think about it as if one of our students wanted to work overseas. Would you want to know a Foreign Town of Group is taking care of them.

Stay Tuned for more information or contact Jeff Thomson or any councilor from our OURKITTERY page. (click the link)

BowlingNote: Chairman Thomson’s suggested to me to read the book BOWLING ALONE. It is a book about the The Collapse and Revival of American Community.

It is about the trend of less involvement. I wish it was a movie but the book brings interesting things to light. We need more help on Boards and Committees.

Information from Town Manager Nancy Puff.
  1. Debt Limit Calculations
  2. Snow Removal Budget
  3. Fema Flood Map Change Status
  4. Memorial Field
  5. School Department Budget
  6. Channel 22 will be broadcasting the school committee meetings now.
  7. Boards of Appeal vacancy. Member Norm Leon passed.



 A moment of silence for Norm Leon.




This post is a synopsis of the meeting and an accurate and detailed accounting can be watched on Channell 22 or Town Hall Streams. Please continue to pass on this website. The more the informed we are the better Kittery can become.



Kittery council to discuss E. coli contamination

Report: Storm water in parts of town tests high
February 24, 2014 2:00 AM

KITTERY, Maine — The good news is bacterial contamination no longer appears to be a problem at Fort Foster. On the other hand, storm water coming from both Admiralty Village and Chickering Creek, both of which flow into Spruce Creek, test high for E. coli bacteria.

These are among the findings contained in a recent report by FB Environmental Associates of Portsmouth, N.H., for the town of Kittery. The report will be discussed by the Town Council at its meeting tonight.

The council meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. At 6 p.m., the council will be meeting in workshop session to review the fiscal year 2013 audit.

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Watch it live on Kittery Channel 22 or on your smartphone or computer at

Kittery Town Council 2-24-2014 Council Packet

Here is your full packet of Town Council Material or the single agenda.

Full Town Council Packet Feb 24,14 PDF

Full Town Council Packet in a word file.DOC

Council Agenda for 02-24-14

Here is just the agenda.




6:00 p.m.


The Kittery Town Council will meet with the Acting Town Manager, Finance Director and Auditor to review the FY 2013 audit.

February 24, 2014                                       Kittery Town Council                             Council Chambers                                                Regular Meeting Agenda                                                                                            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 Board

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

           a.   (020214-1)   The Kittery Town Council moves to hear a progress report from

Jessa Kellogg regarding the Phase III – Spruce Creek Watershed Improvement Project.      


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


13.       NEW BUSINESS

a.      Donations/gifts received for Council disposition

      The Kittery Town Council moves to accept a donation from the Kittery Community Market in the amount of $800.00 for the Kittery Community Center to be deposited in Acct. # 2063-43600.

      The Kittery Town Council moves to accept a match donation from John H. Robinson in the amount of $510.37 for the Phase III – Spruce Creek Watershed Improvement Project, to be deposited in account # 2072-43600.

b.     (020214-2) The Kittery Town Council moves to approve the disbursement warrants.

c.     (020214-3) The Kittery Town Council moves to appoint a representative to meet with the Chair of the Recycling Scholarship Selection Committee to interview Herbert Kingsbury for his re-appointment to that board until 2/08/17.

d.     (020214-4 The Kittery Town Council moves to appoint Denise Payne to the Parks Commission as a full member until May 3, 2016.

e.     (020214-5) The Kittery Town Council moves to approve an application for a Pole Location Permit between Central Maine Power and Northern New England Telephone Operations, LLC, to install one new pole on Cutts Road .



a.     Communications from the Chairperson

b.   Committee Reports

   16.       EXECUTIVE SESSION          

17.       ADJOURNMENT                                                                                  




Kittery Councilor Contact Page

“The most important political office is that of private citizen.”
Louis D. Brandeis

Kittery Town Council

Jeffrey Thomson
25 Old Post Road
Kittery , ME 03904



RUSSELLVice Chair/Councilor
Russell White
59 Goodwin Road
Kittery Point, ME 03905



Jeff Brake
28-A Cutts Rd
Kittery ,ME 03904



DENAULTChuck Denault
11 Melanies Court
Kittery, Maine 03904
475-2048 cell



FRANKFrank Dennett
57 Bartlett Rd.
Kittery, Point 395
No email available



pelletierJeff Pelletier
109 Brave Boat Harbor Road
Kittery Point, ME 03905




judyJudy Spiller
3 Rosellen Drive
Kittery Point, ME 03905



PUFFTown Manager
Nancy Colbert Puff
200 Rogers Rd.
Kittery, Maine 03904

Kittery Foreside Public Forum

Click this for a Google Map of the area.


January 6th, 2014 7:30 P.M.

Where: Kittery Town Hall
In attendance: Over 49 residents

Town of Kittery Councilors:

Jeff Thomson, Russell White,
Jeff Brake, Frank Dennett,
Judy Spiller and Chuck Denault

Kittery Town Manager: Nancy Puff

Meeting began at 7:30 p.m.
Chairman Jeff Thomson started the meeting with a short presentation of slides of the FORESIDE and some ideas. The meeting was recording for playback both streaming and regular Channel 22.
Ideas were listed as:
Pedestrian and Bikes
John Paul Jones Parking
Walking maps
Badgers Island
Working with Portsmouth N.H. Chamber of Commerce
Low impact lighting and uniformed lighting

The following are questions and statements from the audience.

A question from a Kittery Business Owner,
What is Kittery Foreside or where does it begin?

Gerry Milroy, Kittery Town Planner, showed a large map of the area and highlighted some of the areas and stated that the Fore Side area is bigger than the downtown area. One of the entrances will be from the Sarah long bridge as they reshape the intersection at the beginning of the bridge.

Comments and Statements from those in attendance:
1.I think the Town needs to address the parking issues in the foreside, like having a   parking garage.
2.There should be no parking meters.
3.There should be available parking and affordable housing.
4.There should be a website for the foreside.
5.The Town needs to address two eye sores in Kittery.
a.The Blue Answer Phone (Formally known as Mary’s Store) next to Legion Pond.
      a. It’s in disrepair, loaded with old buses etc.
b.The old house next to TD ABNK north on the corner of State Rd and Love Lane.
6.More Town Signs
7.Help in maintaining INSPIRATION PARK next to Government St and State Rd. It was a volunteer donated park and it needs help since the principal party moved away from the area and has to travel to work on the park and has limited funds to keep it going.
8.Better walking paths near the water/ocean. The water is missing from the foreside
9.There is an apartment building blocking the Town Pier in the foreside and this pier can be enhanced as a focal point. There is disappointment there is no immediate access to the water here.
10.Parking issues, maybe have business help pay for parking with a fee of some sort.
11.End of Rice Ave is Town property. It should be a pocket park or green space. This area is right on the river and there is more we can do with it.
12.Snow removal in the area. It needs to be done better. Resident has lived here for 7 years on Government St. and it could be done better.
13.Snow removal on sidewalks. Walking paths on the water ways and exploit our local resources.
14.Possible rezoning around the John Paul Jones Park for businesses. There could be little store fronts which will add to the area.
15.Kittery needs to be mindful and respectful of the local residents living in the area. As more visitors come, there is more noise, more animals, more cars and the residents don’t want to move and would appreciate keeping them in mind with the progress.
16.Potential resource with Resort Maps, a local map highlighting the area.
17.Adding a trolley transportation system from Portsmouth to the Malls and the Foreside. The small bus worked well during the bridge construction.
18.Get more people involved, change street lights on the telephone poles to more sidewalk lights.
19.Look at what is going on in Portsmouth and make sure it does not happen here.
20.Thank you for the coffee shops but we need more parking.
21.Rice Ave. lot would be a great park. It is a close distance from the downtown, you can see the river traffic and fireworks and natural beauty of the estuary.
22.This turnout is impressive. Create a continuity of all the areas and do not disturb current structures.
23.Continuity of lights.
24.I have a dream, in 5 years; Kittery can turn waste land into cluster housing and a green space park and clean up the messes in town.
25.What is the status of the library, and what about a Ferry from Portsmouth to the Foreside?

Lee Perkins from the library added that the project is going forward and interest is having a single level handicapped accessible building and perhaps near the community center and they will have to make a decision when it comes time for the old rice building to make sure it is used for something that keeps the character. The old court house will be sold.

26. Kittery needs to turn a negative into a positive. Sponsor bicycle road races with numbering of the riders so people can know who to make complaints about when they ride in the road. While living in Paris France bicyclists and vehicles merged together.

Tom Emerson from the planning board suggested planning for housing and that no parking was needed if the visitors of the Foreside lived there. There will be a Planning Board meeting on the 23rd of the month. He also talked about the sewer components of the area and affordable housing.

27. More signage of the area. Many people and kids who were born here don’t even know that one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence lived here or who the John Paul Jones park was named after. History markers should be thought of even though there around $700.00 per sign.
28.Add more lamps/lights for the roads.
29.The railroad tracks could provide a pocket parking area if the owners were so inclined.
30.River Run Bookstore suggested that the trolleys run already and the Coach buses drop off in the morning at the shipyard. Plan on getting things done like housing plans in the next two years before it’s too late.
31.Let’s get the Rice Ave. Park going, kayaking, swimming etc.

Jeff Thomson suggested another meeting around the 3rd of February. He asked those in attendance to make sure you sign up you email addresses so that they could be notified. He also added that the site of the old York County Community Center is going to be a Yoga Studio and Graphic Arts location.

For more accurate information, please view the entire meeting on Channel 22 or at Town hall Streams. Here is the link to make it easier for you.

Click here to watch it on Town hall


The questions or statements from those in attendance from above were recorded at the event. They were required to give their names before asking or making their statements.

Town Council 1-6-14 Agenda

PAPERWORKTown Council Agenda for 1-6-14. (Special Meeting)
Council_Agenda 1-6-14 – Spec. Mtg   (PDF)

 Agenda below for quick view

January 6, 2014
Kittery Town Council Council Chambers Special Meeting Agenda 6:00 p.m.

Requested by Chairperson Jeffrey Thomson




(010114-1) The Kittery Town Council moves to hold an Executive Session with the Town Manager and the Human Resources Director, in accordance with 1 M.R.S. § 405 (6) (D), to discuss labor contract negotiations.

AT 6:30 P.M.
The Town Council will hear comments from residents and business owners regarding ideas and thoughts on development in the Foreside area.
Posted: December 31, 2013
Amended January 2, 2014

Kittery Foreside Listening Forum


 Kittery Foreside

Monday, January 6, 2014-7:30 P.M.
Council Chambers
Town Hall, 200 Rogers Road
Listening Session 2014

What are YOUR ideas, concerns, & dreams for YOUR neighborhood?
Who can YOU talk to?

What could be done to better YOUR neighborhood or YOUR business?
Please take this opportunity to share your thoughts with the Town Council, and meet with your neighbors to discuss the

12-23-2013 Kittery Council Packet

In order to provide more transparency, the Town Manager has assisted with getting the council packets on line. Here is a link to the Town’s website for the upcoming council meeting. This is the complete council packet. The packet also contains the agenda, however the link is provided below.  PDF

Agenda only.

Council_Agenda_12-23-13  web style

Council_Agenda_12-23-13 document

Council_Agenda_12-23-13 pdf

Traip Boat Launch Dock Project

He are some pictures of the Traip Academy boat launch area.

November 13th, 2013 h. (110113-12) The Kittery Town Council moves to approve and authorize the Kittery Port Authority to apply for a $20,000 Small Harbor Improvement Program (SHIP) with a $10,000 match and to utilize Capital Improvement funds from Acct. #4052, KPA Float and Ramp Program, for the upgrade of the Traip Boat Launch.

If you would like more information on this, contact the Kittery Harbor Master
Mike Blake 207-451-0829 or email Mike at



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