Articles by: Blake Cass

Blake Cass

Blake Cass

  • JAX executive, town council talk housing, PILOT payments

    BAR HARBOR — When a representative of the town’s largest employer met with the Town Council Tuesday, discussion centered on perennial issues of year-round housing, land purchases by large nonprofit organizations that do not pay taxes, and voluntary payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT). Katy Longley, The Jackson Laboratory’s chief operating officer, gave a presentation

  • Bar Harbor could take in $1M in parking fees this summer

    Bar Harbor could take in $1M in parking fees this summer

    BAR HARBOR — The town is now taking in about $10,000 per day from parking meters and kiosks, Town Manager Cornell Knight told the Town Council Tuesday. Gross revenue since the meters and kiosks were activated a month ago has been $181,000, he said. “Most are through credit cards, 88 percent of transactions, and 12

  • Neighbors question parking lot

    Neighbors question parking lot

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A planned new, commercial parking lot on Main Street will disrupt the residential neighborhood, one neighbor told the Board of Selectmen Tuesday. “A floodlight shines directly into our bedroom,” resident Ann Walok told selectmen. She said the lot at 376 Main Street, just to the south of Penury Hall Bed and Breakfast,

  • Culvert costs climb

    TREMONT — Town Manager Chris Saunders expected bids for a replacement culvert on Clark Point Road to come in under $5,000, which would allow him to go ahead with the project without authorization from the Board of Selectmen. However, the single bid that he received was for $10,168. A culvert is a structure, usually made

  • Selectmen elect a temporary board chair

    Selectmen elect a temporary board chair

    TREMONT — With one of the five members of the Board of Selectmen absent Monday at the first meeting of the new board following Town Meeting, the remaining members opted to elect a temporary board chair. Selectmen serve three-year terms, but officers of the board are elected every year for one-year terms. The election of

  • “Wilderness Lodge” planned for parcel in Tremont woods

    TREMONT — Years ago, James Hopkins’ grandfather gave him an undeveloped lot on Kellytown Road with the idea that Hopkins could sell it and use the profits to pay for college. But Hopkins couldn’t bring himself to sell the land. “It just didn’t feel right to do that,” Hopkins said Tuesday. “The lot is right

  • Tremont voters re-elect Selectman Thurlow

    Tremont voters re-elect Selectman Thurlow

    TREMONT — Voters elected Jamie Thurlow to a second term on the Board of Selectmen Monday. He received 157 votes. Morgan Black, the only other candidate to run for the open seat, received 21 votes. Jessica Bass was elected to School Board with 130 votes. Her opponent for the one open seat, David “Jed” Campbell,

  • Selectman, School Board candidates make their pitch

    Selectman, School Board candidates make their pitch

    TREMONT — Two candidates are running for the open seat on the town’s Board of Selectmen at the May 13 town election. Polls will be open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Harvey Kelley Meeting Room in the Tremont Town Office. The incumbent vice chairman of the board, Jamie Thurlow, is seeking another

  • Terry, Willey elected in SWH; sidewalks, sewer plant get nod

    Terry, Willey elected in SWH; sidewalks, sewer plant get nod

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Voters elected Chad Terry to a second term on the Board of Selectmen Tuesday. He received 182 votes, the most of the five candidates running for the two open seats on the board. Allen “Snap” Willey, a recently retired town employee, was elected for his first term with 111 votes. Arthur “Hess”

  • Costs grow for new town garage

    Costs grow for new town garage

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — New cost estimates for replacement of the Public Works garage in Southwest Harbor vastly exceed the $280,000 that the town initially appropriated for the project. The plans are not yet finalized, so the project will not go to voters at Town Meeting next month. “We’re 28 days from the town meeting,” Selectman