Government at a glance: Sabattus


Board: Sabattus selectmen

Met: Tuesday night

Ordinances make warrant

Issue: After brief public hearings, the Adult-Only Ordinance and the Outpatient Addiction Treatment Clinics Ordinance both made the town meeting warrant.

The scoop: The Adult-Only proposal would keep a sexually oriented business 1,000 feet from schools, churches, parks and day-care centers. It also draws up rules about signs and operations. It’s modeled after a similar ordinance in Vassalboro, which was home to a topless doughnut shop until it burned down. The Outpatient ordinance sets similar setback limitations and says the facility has to fit into — and can’t have a “significant adverse impact upon” — the character of the neighborhood. It’s modeled after a Lewiston ordinance.

Up next: Both are up for town-wide votes on June 5. A Mobile Vendors Ordinance also got approval with some changes.

Warrant set

Issue: Selectmen approved the warrant for town meeting.

The scoop: At the start of the budget season, the preliminary budget came in at $4.1 million.

Up next: Board of Selectmen Chairman Scott Lansley said the figure was pared down to $3.9 million, close to the current budget.

New officer

Issue: Selectmen appointed Dennis Matthews as a new full-time police officer. He had been a reserve officer. Matthews will take over Sgt. Gil Turcotte’s old patrol position.

Up next: The force is up to six people. It will be back down to five when Turcotte retires at the end of the month.

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