North Waterboro Maine

Home of Merrill's Store ! —————————————————————– North Waterboro – The right side of the tracks

April 15, 2016
by Waterboro
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Do as I say, not as I do

So, we have a building and people in town, at the end of a 600 ft road, construction equipment, trucks. And there is no road sign on the road, no communication at the end.  And now major development, more chances that someone might need an EMT or ambulance.

Where is this place? Why, it is the Public Works Department, out near the dump. Where they are building tthe new $700,000 salt shed, where they store the salt and sand, where they have major traffic and town employees working night and day.  And we no longer dispatch out of a local business that “knows” where the dumpis, knows where the salt shed is located.

 

Why is there no street sign?  The Public Works Director s hoping it will be named after him. So he is holding off.  Do I know this for a fact? Nope, but when it is the local laugh in town, and I hear it twice, I suspect it is true.

Hey, he does a lot for the town, don’t you know.

April 14, 2016
by Waterboro
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How to Bypassing the bid system

If you visit the dump, you’ll notice the equipment moving dirt, taking down hills, doing the extensivge ground work for the new $700,000 salt shed. If you check with townhall they can tell you who got the “bid” for the new building,. down to the penny. Ask who got the bid for the groundwork though, and you will get blank stares. Why? Because the “guy that does a lot for the town.”, better known as the Public Works Director, is doing the work with town employees, to save us money. Not doing Spring road work, which is sorely needed.  And all the equipment being used, is NOT town equipment. It is owned by the Public Works Director.  Cost to the town? Unknown, since there is No Bid, No Work records,  nothing in writing. How much is he saving the town? Hard to tell without a bid system.  But, as everyone knows, “He does a lot for the town”.

March 22, 2016
by Waterboro
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The Waterboro Area

We invent village zones, talk about bringing in business,  have plans for new commercial design standards. What we do not have is a Town of Waterboro. We have an area known a the Waterboro Area. But no real town. There is no downtown to develop. We would first have to make a downtown. Somewhere !

And lots of smaller towns in Maine have similar problems.  90%  of the working stiffs in the Waterboro Area get up in the morning and drive to work, in Maine cities and towns.  More and more when you ask someone where they are from the answer is ” The Waterboro Area.”  Unless you are a real estate agents, and then the answer is the “Waterboro Area”, but NOT Lake Arrowhead!

We have clutches of churches, Mom and Pop stores, developed clusters, a water tower, a townhall, a Transfer Station, even a fire department.  But they are spread out  around the Waterboro Area.  Coffee drinkers meet at Mom and Pops, Dunkin Donuts, Aroma Joe’s, Waterways. Lakeside. But, once again these are spread out over the Waterboro Area.

We need business to come into town, into the Waterboro Area. Oh, but not in my end of town!  WE had a “golden Triangle” to develop  running from Rt 5, down Alfred Road, and back along Rt 202. Filled with now two schools, a Town Owned  Park, and now being filled with storage units, a dance studio,  Friendship Park that is so valuable the Town Fathers wouldn’t even kick up enough money to help finance sidewalks.

The Waterboro Area: we can’t even support a local newspaper. Ours used to be called the Waterboro Reporter. Now it covers the Waterboro Area.  Count the ads in that paper plus the Shoppers Guide, and you’ll discover the majority of them are from the Waterboro Area, ie York County.

And last , but not least, ask kids where they are from a few years after they graduate high school. The answer is generally Massabesic, not Waterboro.

It is a nice area. It just isn’t a town anymore.

 

March 16, 2016
by Waterboro
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The Latest Waterboro Boondoogle

Here we go again, the Public Works Director, and the Town Manager, are pushing through the new$700,000 plus Salt shed. They managed bids , supposedly, on the building construction. But neglected to put out bids for all the land work to get the place ready to build. Why? Oh, they town will do that and save money.

Problem: The town does not have the equipment to do all the ground work. The equipment will come from —tada – the local company owned by the Public Works Director. At least that is the rumor in town. They bypass the bid system. Why? Because they can.   Will it be cheaper doing it this way? Who knows without a bid system in place, eh ?

They make end runs around everything these days, and you know, few people care anymore.

December 5, 2014
by Waterboro
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Wright Chocolate House – Limerick

I make excuses to drive to Limerick to visit this place. Often. Friendly, easy to find, and worth the trip. If you don’t like chocolate, drive someone who does !  Course, I always leave with some of the homemade Caramels. Locally made, local ingredients, and a chocolate craft shop worth the trip.

link in the list on right

December 5, 2014
by Waterboro
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Gneiss Beer in Limerick Maine

Always seems just right to visit a local craft beer, especially when it is in the neighboring town !

It’s small, friendly and a neat local place to visit. Not intimidating like many of the larger craft

micro brews might be. I was early and got to spend a few minutes talking. And I left with a growler. They had five different

brews in the making and/or on tap. They have many places in Portland that carry their beer, and I believe Woody’s in Waterboro

also does.  The usual tee shirts, and glasses, should you develop a likeness for them ! I might, but looks like it will take a few moe visits

to be sure.

Link is on the Links List.  Worth the visit.

Frank