06 Oct WCME Midcoast News 10-6-15
In Brunswick, town councilors don’t seem to like a recommendation from the town’s rivers and coastal waters 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 whether the fees would raise enough money to cover certain costs associated with harbor management and they also note that surrounding towns charge considerably more. Some also voice the view that most boat owners would not feel a financial bite from larger fees.
After a lengthy debate, the Brunswick council approves a bonding plan to cover the cost of a new boiler at Brunswick High School, which will cost over a half million dollars. However two councilors, Jane Millett and Dan Harris voted in the negative, with both raising concerns as to whether competing boiler options had been adequately investigated.
A legal dispute involving the town of Brunswick and the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority has now apparently been settled. At issue were questions about taxation powers at the basis. The authority, which is seeking to develop the base as an entrepreneurial and technology zone, has agreed to drop the 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.