Blog :: 03-2015

MSAD 72

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New Suncook School, Lovell

In a stunning reversal, the MSAD 72 school board announced it has abandoned the decision to rebuild the Snow School in Fryeburg. Instead, it was determined that the existing New Suncook School in Lovell, with a modest expansion of its facility, provided the most cost-efficient option for the large school district.

During the long and contentious discussion regarding the financing of a new elementary school, citizens of several towns felt excluded from the school board's decisions. After the declaration was finalized, a determined group of people continued their planning and research in the evenings at Norris Bennett's Sweden garage. Lobbying of elected officials at all levels and in Augusta was pursued until Governor Paul LePage, fresh from his reelection in November, gave his full support to the effort.

By expanding Lovell's New Suncook facility to accommodate the Snow School student population, MSAD 72 will realize a significant cost savings. In fact, the total budget for the project is expected to be about half of the original estimate. The Maine Department of Education confirmed that this reduction changes the formula and will permit all seven towns, including Fryeburg, to share in the costs of construction. Engineering plans are being finalized and it is expected that the new school will be ready for the students in time for the 2017 academic year.

 

HAPPY APRIL FOOL'S DAY! :)

 

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New Spring Listings

1898 Main Street, Lovell

1898 Main Street, Lovell

1898 Main Street, Lovell

1898 Main Street, Lovell

487 Main Street, Fryeburg

487 Main Street, Fryeburg

487 Main Street, Fryeburg

487 Main Street, Fryeburg

When measured against the previous five-six years, 2014 was a very good year for local housing and so far, 2015 appears to be headed in the same direction. Overall buyer traffic is about the same but the big difference, to me, is the degree of confidence that people have. Confidence that their jobs will continue and confidence that the economy will continue to expand; maybe not robustly but certainly not retract! (Sales of New U.S. Homes Rise) At this point, home prices seem to be holding steady and I don't expect any big gains until some of the excess inventory is sold.

So as we leave winter behind, here are two new listings that Kezar Realty is proud to represent:

1898 Main Street, Lovell (MLS # 1206175). Visit the Virtual Tour here.

487 Main Street, Fryeburg (MLS # 1206365). Visit the Virtual Tour here.

Photos and virtual tours by Michael E. Berube, MaineVirtualHomeTours.com

2015 Lovell Town Meeting

John Carter discusses the importance of the School Board.

John Carter discusses the importance of the School Board.

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Lovell Selectmen and Moderator Jon Bliss

Lovell Selectmen and Moderator Jon Bliss

Sixty citizens attended Lovell's Annual Town Meeting and in traditional New England manner, voted on a total of 83 articles. A written ballot was required only two times. Jonathan Bliss was nominated and elected to serve as the moderator for the meeting. Mr. Bliss started the proceedings commending Larry Fox and the Lovell Public Works Department for their excellent work in maintaining the town's roads during this lengthy winter. Here is a summary of the meeting:

* The Annual Report was dedicated to Friends Helping Friends, a town committee formed in 2012 that assists needy Lovell residents with fuel, electricity, food or clothing. Funds are raised annually from private donations, a chili challenge and a raffle held by Lovell's Delta Masonic Lodge #153. * Robert Drew was reelected to a three-year term as a Selectman. * Ron McAllister was elected Code Enforcement Officer. * Karen Bacchiocchi, Ron Masse and Richard Legere were elected to the Planning   Board. * Kathleen Vachowski and Mary Heroux were elected to the Budget Committee for seven-year terms. * Jack Jones and Jane Williams were elected to the MSAD 72 Board of Directors.                                                                                                                                   * $10,521 was appropriated for the Stoneham Rescue Service while Fryeburg Rescue Service received $10,488 as well as $4,000 towards Fryeburg Rescue's Investment Fund.                                                                                                                        * All of the local organizations, such as the Lovell Historical Society, Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library and the Lewis Dana Hill Memorial Library received their requested dollar amounts.                                                                          * Most requests from a variety of non-profit groups providing services to Lovell residents, such as Community Concepts, Seniors Plus and the Sweden Pantry were approved.                                                                                                                                      * A 1.7% Cost of Living Raise was approved for all town officers' salaries.

Perhaps the day's lengthiness discussion centered around the omission of the word 'the' in Article 66 and whether it needed to be corrected for the record. Other than that, the meeting was run efficiently and concluded in a timely two hours! Plenty of time remained for everyone to enjoy the pleasant late-winter day. Here is a copy of the full Annual Report.

 

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