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Norridgewock, ME

#1 Jul 16, 2009
A plan for the first phase of the new Recreation Park was presented by Golden Isles Engineering. Their solid but shoe string approach to building the first four ball fields would use all of the SPLOST money currently in the Recreation SPLOST and all that will be collected between now and the end of the year. To complete Phase One with lights, fences around the backstops, dugouts and other basic essentials would cost another $450,000. There was much discussion on the topic, with Commissioner Summerlin openly opposed to $20 annual recreation fee being placed on the tax bills to fund the project. Commissioner Herrin requested that the $20 annual fee be placed on the ballot and give the people the right to choose if they want a new Recreation Park or or continue to have their children play next to the jail with their parents parking on the side of Highway 301. Commissioner Edgy supported that idea and requested that we get started with the money we have. The September election's only county-wide purpose is to sample the will of the people to see if they desire to have their Commissioners elected by districts or not. The Chairman expressed concerns about the election turnout. With what is certain to be an abnormally low turnout, what real sample of the public will the Commission get. He also questioned if there is time between a September election and November 1st to get a Recreation fee printed on the ballot if it is passed. He will follow up with the Tax Commissioner and see if there is sufficient time or not. Commissioner O'Quinn explained that the Board had appointed him as liaison to the Recreation Board and asked him to get the Recreation Park moving, as the entire board was frustrated that the project had stalled. He stated he was only bringing forth options but he is in support of this option. He went on to explain that it was the previous Board that chose to build the new jail behind the County Barn, and in the middle of the recreation complex, that actually caused these issues. He also asked, "If the voters say no, what then? How will we improve those facilities and make them safer and provide adequate parking?" He also reminded the Commissioners that $20 per year is the equivalent of 6 cents per day, just 6 cents. What can you buy for 6 cents?
Steve Beasley

Auckland, New Zealand

#2 Aug 15, 2009
Penny candy from Miss Abby Rowell's general store in Hortense? At least it did in the 50s and 60s!

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