Government At A Glance

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Met: July 17

Board vacancies

The Scoop: Volunteers are needed to fill open seats on several town and county boards. There are two vacancies on the appeals board, one on the town budget committee, and the Turner Center for the Arts is in need of a director. Likewise, the Androscoggin County Budget Committee needs a Turner representative. Nomination forms for all positions are available at town hall; deadline for the county budget seat application is Aug. 14.

Year-end budgets reviewed

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The Scoop: Four municipal departments made it through fiscal year 2007 with money left in the budget: Paving and construction, $15,195; cemeteries, $4,028; parks, $3,432; and Community Rental of the BQMC Memorial Hall, $1,064.

However, three other departments were overdrawn: Administration finished $8,572 in the hole due to legal fees, according to Town Manager Eva Leavitt. Rescue was short $1,945, and General Assistance overdrew by $2,034.

Board rejects MDOT request

Issue: Selectmen rejected a request from the Maine Department of Transportation to allow trucks carrying overweight loads through the Twin Bridges area of town, near the Leeds border. Town Manager Eva Leavitt said MDOT proposed the route only as a backup, and the likelihood of overloaded trucks in the area would be low. However, board members decided against the request anyway.

Contact JT Leonard with local government news at 252-6040 or at shark79_1@juno.com.

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