Government at a glance: Sabattus


Board: Sabattus selectmen

Met: Tuesday night

Hot dog, a public hearing

Issue: A proposal has been in the works since a vendor approached selectmen this winter about selling hot dogs from a shack on the ice. The town didn’t have a way to handle the request.

The scoop: It’s not just about hot dogs anymore — it’s since been broadened to the mobile vendors policy. The language suggests steps such as filling out an application and the fire and police departments signing off that a vendor doesn’t create a hazard or safety issue.

Up next: Selectmen set a public hearing for the new policy for 6:30 p.m. on April 6. Also that night: a public hearing on the proposed Martin’s Point Ordinance, which would open the point to nonresidents.

Getting to know Sabattus

Issue: New Town Manager Rick Bates, on the job for a few weeks, gave a breakdown of some of his time, so far. According to Bates, he’s met with someone from the Maine Municipal Association, reviewed the budget and talked with selectmen about looking into ways to cut down on legal fees.

Up next: He planned to tour Sabattus with the code enforcement officer and to hold his first department head meeting Wednesday.

Important dates

Issue: Selectmen picked 9 a.m. June 5 at Sabattus Central School for the annual town meeting.

Issue: They have called a special selectmen meeting for 6:30 p.m. March 23 to discuss a poverty abatement in executive session. The Budget Committee will also meet that night at 7 p.m.

Staff writer Kathryn Skelton can be reached at 689-2844 or [email protected]