Castine is forming a broadband committee to look at fiber to the home as a municipal service! If you would like to help you, email town hall.

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Anyone else frustrated with the situation at Backshore? A lot of people have been trying to get the swimming pond up and running this season, and due to a number of factors we've been unable.

Some volunteers spent time this morning making a plan for getting the pond at least filled this year, and are also trying to figure out a long term solution.

This afternoon, town employees will be working to dig out the silt and sand that has blocked the drain flap and prohibited the pool from filling.

Town warrant has been printed and we had a small presentation before our regular meeting on Monday to go over it. Overall budget is mostly flat, with a few things moved around. The school had a large carry-over from last year and fewer high school students, so overall, you can expect your mil rate to stay the same and taxes to be comparable to last year, which is always a nice thing.

I think this might have been the first year in a long time that it didn't rain on Maine Maritime's graduation day. Congrats to all the new mariners, make your school and our town proud!

Just received a new draft of our rental ordinance from the Town Manager. Biggest changes below the jump. 

First, it's being called a "listing" rather than registration, along with dramatically simpler registration form, removing almost all of the questions about the actual occupants.

Blog post coming later in the week with a full PDF of the document.

Thinking about kicking off some info sessions in and curious if anyone has experiences with PB in small, rural towns?

Reading a book one of my select board colleagues gave me about Roger Williams, and the extent to which I misunderstood him and what Rhode Island represented in the early American colonies is amazing.

We assume government power derived from the people who are governed is a birth right, when in fact our fore-bearers had to fight to excise the assumption that all power derived from a Christian God. Fascinating stuff.

Popular to say has a problem with aging demographics. But 1960 called and wants to remind you that Maine has ALWAYS been heavy on the sexagenarians and older:

The fire hydrant ISO ratings recently got a nice improvement based on our major infrastructure improvements over the past few years. I'll have a more complete story coming soon, but contact town hall with specific if you'd more info to bring to your home insurer. They will often lower rates when ISO ratings go up!

A reminder to folks in that we are looking to collect donations for our town clock located in the Main Street church! We're still a few thousand $ off our goal, and anything left by Town Meeting will wind up on your taxes any how!


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