WCME Midcoast News 10-6-15

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In Brunswick, town councilors don’t seem to like a recommendation from the town council’s rivers and coastal water commission to set the town’s first-ever mooring fees for boat owners at just twenty-five dollars for town residents and fifty dollars for non-residents. Some councilors say this might not yield enough revenue to cover the costs of administering the mooring registration and enforcement program. And they note that surrounding towns charge more.

After a lengthy debate, the Brunswick council has approved a bonding plan to cover the cost of a new boiler at Brunswick High School, which comes with a price tag of over a half million dollars. School department facilities director Paul Caron will be working the Seimens corporation on the project and  two councilors, Jane Millett and Dan Harris voted no, due to concerns about whether competing options had been adequately investigated.

A legal dispute involving the town of Brunswick and the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority has now been settled. At issue were questions about taxation powers at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, where the authority is overseeing redevelopment efforts. The authority has agreed to drop its case in exchange for a move by the town to redirect as much as 200 thousand dollars from proceeds from a tax increment financing district to the authority.