County Commissioners approve additional clock tower renovations

first_imgFARMINGTON – County Commissioners met Tuesday morning to discuss a potential environmental improvement project, various courthouse renovations and the guidelines of county funding for Western Maine Community Action.Raymond Plog, a landowner along the banks of the Sandy River, expressed concern to commissioners regarding the erosion of his property line due to the unstable banks of the river. Plog said that over the fifty years he has lived on the property the erosion has increased dramatically to the point where he is concerned about his home being in danger. Due to the property’s adjacency to the Sandy River, and the river’s designation as critical habitat for the endangered Atlantic Salmon, it is unlawful for Plog to take action without state approval.Commissioner Charlie Webster agreed to visit the site to help determine the next steps of action. The county does have TIF funding specifically for environmental improvement projects Webster said, and this project could potentially fall under that category. Webster along with representatives from the United States Fish and Wildlife will meet on Sept. 5 to assess the situation.Approval was given to move forward with the renovation of the clock tower atop the courthouse after the construction crew discovered additional work that needed to be done. The project has been ongoing throughout the summer, however the state of the deteriorating clock was discovered to be in worse shape than originally thought. A requested amount of $6,680 was approved to ensure the completion of the project within 3 to 4 weeks.Lastly, Commissioner Webster requested that an email be sent to Western Maine Community Action regarding the $25,000 of funding coming from the county budget. The first quarter of that amount was granted to the non-profit agency several weeks ago, after an agreed upon condition that the organization will report back on how the money is used and how much leverage it provides them.“WMCA is required to raise a certain amount of local money. The other programs didn’t say that, they just wanted us to give the money to them,” Webster said.The email will specifically ask WMCA to inform the commissioners and the budget committee on how the funding has been used and how much leverage it provided, as well as make a request that a representative from the organization will attend a future meeting to discuss these concerns for the next three installments of the funding.“We want to be sure we aren’t paying for overhead or other costs,” he said.last_img read more

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Student raped, killed; 2 of 4 suspects caught

first_imgILOILO City – A 19-year-oldCentral Philippine University college student was raped then stabbed with anice pick in Barangay Abangay, Janiuay, Iloilo. Two of four suspects, one ofwhom was 15 years old, were now in the municipal police’s custody. Estoque, however, denied rapingBravio. Ronalyn Bravio was found dead in arice field at around 6:50 p.m. on Saturday. She was naked and had a stab woundin the abdomen and bruises on her forehead, right eye and neck. On his way to Bravio’s house,Natividad found his girlfriend’s slippers and mobile phone on the road. Estoque also denied knowing Bravio andthat he had never been to Barangay Abangay./PN The girl was then stabbed with an icepick. According to the 15-year-old boy,Estoque threatened to kill him and his family if he won’t follow his order toalso rape the unconscious victim, said Delima. He searched the area and later foundher body, Delima said. Bravio’s boyfriend Robbie ChrisNatividad started looking for her when she failed to answer his phone calls,said Delima. The two suspects currently in policecustody were Grade 10 student Reymart Estoque, 18, of Barangay Canawili,Janiuay and a 15-year-old lad from Barangay Abangay, also in Janiuay. “On her way home, she was forciblytaken to the rice field where she was struck on the head with a hard object andpassed out,” said Delima. The rape was consummated while Braviowas unconscious, according to the police official. From what the police so far gathered,Bravio went out of their house at around 5:10 p.m. to buy soap from a storesome 300 meters away. It was the 15-year-old suspect whospilled the beans on Estoque and two others who remained at large as of thiswriting. According to Police Major DadjeDelima, Janiuay police chief, Bravio’s brassiere was used to tie her hands andher clothes to tie her feet. At the time of the supposed rape,Estoque said, he was in Barangay Canawili on a drinking binge at a relative’shouse. “We launched a hot pursuit operationagainst the two remaining suspects. We have their names and their addresses,”said Delima.last_img read more

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