Machiasport adopts budget at town meeting

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machiasport voters adopted 45 articles including the municipal and school budgets at their annual town meeting held Monday, June 29.  All questions passed, and roughly 35 attendees voted to approve a budget which keeps the town’s tax commitment flat.

“It was an extremely quiet meeting, there were probably no more than three or four questions,” said selectman Mike Hinerman. “It went very well.”

For the year ending in June, the town reported $2,407,134 in total expenditures and $2,579,513 in revenues.

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Washington County Coronavirus updates

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Machiasport’s bicentennial fundraiser will support park, tricentennial forest

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

 

A day of fundraiser festivities planned for Saturday, March 21 will support Machiasport’s plans for several 2020-themed projects, including a park with walking paths, a tricentennial forest, and a playground, among other things. 

 

On Sunday, March 15, Maine will celebrate its bicentennial, having entered the union as the 23rd state in 1820.

 

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Machiasport volunteers sought to turn bicentennial grant into tricentennial forest, and more

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machiasport Town Clerk Marcia Hayward came home from the Maine Municipal Association’s annual conference buzzing with ideas about celebrating Maine in 2020, and some of those ideas could stretch into the future of Machiasport.

“They're going to great lengths to make the 200th birthday of Maine’s statehood a big deal,” she said. 

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Hinerman elected Machiasport Selectman

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machiasport held elections on Tuesday, Aug. 6 to fill a vacancy on its three-member Board of Selectmen and to elect a representative to the school board.

Of the 144 votes cast, Hinerman received 62, candidate Bob Mercer received 56, and candidate Jim Clark received 26. Ninety people cast a vote for Rose Williams, who ran unopposed for the open seat on the school board.

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Machiasport votes to fill vacant selectman seat Aug. 6

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The names of three candidates will be on a Machiasport ballot on Tuesday, Aug. 6, when voters will vote to fill one vacancy on the Machiasport Board of Selectmen. Selectman Jeff Henderson has resigned, and the newly elected selectman will serve a three-year term, beginning immediately after the election.

Jim Clark, Mike Hinerman and Bob Mercer are running for the position. We asked each candidate the same questions, and present their answers here to inform your vote.

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The mechanic of Machiasport

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Machiasport votes to purchase Pettegrow Point property

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A heated issue many months in the making came to a partial conclusion at a special town meeting held Monday, May 13, when Machiasport residents authorized the town to purchase 37 acres of shorefront land in Bucks Harbor.

The town originally voted to purchase the property in 2017, and constructed a deal with Land for Maine Futures (LMF) who proposed paying half of the estimated $275,000 cost from its public access fund in order to expand and ensure public access to Bucks Harbor in perpetuity.

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Machiasport gets new wheels courtesy of Volkswagen settlement

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Students from Machiasport are riding to school in style, due in part to funds received from the state’s settlement with Volkswagen.

In 2017 then-Attorney General Janet Mills won $5.1 million by joining a 10-state coalition that sued the automaker for selling diesel vehicles fitted with “defeat devices” that concealed illegal amounts of emissions.

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After months of red tape, Machiasport says goodbye to epic demolition pile

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

When David Wood volunteered his services to demolish and relocate a house, he thought the Machiasport Fire Department would soon proceed with their plans to use it for a training burn, per the owner’s wishes. Instead, the monster two-story pile of demolition debris has greeted drivers entering Machiasport from the Rim Road since last October.

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