Carrie Castonguay

NEW GLOUCESTER — Selectmen welcomed Town Manager Carrie Castonguay to her first meeting with the board Monday, the day she started her new job.

Castonguay, of Jay, was picked from a roster of more than 30 candidates vying for the post. She was most recently the town manager of Belgrade.

The board’s regular meeting began with a presentation by the Public Works Garage Committee on the town garage construction project pending voter approval.

Chairman Jim Fitch said a revised plan brings the cost of the project below $4 million, which was requested by the board.

The garage is slated to be built at 611 Lewiston Road, where the rescue and fire station is sited.


Fitch urged the board to schedule two public informational sessions before setting a date for a special town meeting to vote on the proposal. He suggested the project be bonded at $3.8 million with the remainder for contingency costs from the undesignated fund balance.

“We’re anxious to move this along,” he said. “We’ve been at it for two years.” 

In other business the board:

• Heard from Peter Bragdon that a committee is recommending a Community Day on Sept. 9. Bragdon was directed to check that date with the recreation director to assure the facility on the Bald Hill Road is available;

• Approved a $130,000 contract for C.H. Stevenson to install a culvert on Morse Road this summer. The Highway Department will repave the road for $6,900;

• Appointed Beth Blakeman-Pohl and Julie Fralich to three-year terms on the Economic Development Committee;

• Signed warrants for the School Administrative District 15 budget validation referendum and town elections June 13; and

• Issued proclamations for Emergency Medical Services Week and Public Works Week, both from May 21-27.

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