Town council accepts holiday donations

Elizabeth Gartley, Special to the Pioneer Times, Special to The County
16 years ago
    HOULTON, Maine – Chairman Paul Cleary opened the Dec. 27 regular meeting of the town council with a moment of silence in honor of Army Sfc. Jonathan A. Lowery, a Houlton native who was killed in action in Mosul, Iraq on Dec. 14.     The council then accepted the updated Comprehensive Plan for the town of Houlton as submitted by the Planning Board. Although no councilors had questions, some council members did request an outline of topics covered in the plan. The public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan will be at the next regular council meeting on Monday, Jan. 14.
The meeting also had council members accepting several holiday donations from the community. The council accepted a $100 from the Savings Bank of Maine for the parks and recreation department to be used for youth programs.  The council also accepted a donation of skating walkers from David Harbison to be used at the Civic Center.
“These were custom-made by Harbison’s and their folks, and they’re for people who are learning to skate. They’re really quite clever,” said Doug Hazlett, the Houlton town manager.
The council also accepted the donation of the storage areas built in the Blackhawks’ locker rooms at the Civic Center from Peter Chase and Mitchell Holmes.
“These are not only a donation of materials, but the labor to build them,” Hazlett added.
Council members thanked all those involved for their generous donations.
During closing remarks, councilor John Fitzpatrick took a moment to thank the Houlton Lodge of Elks for their efforts serving and delivering a total of 718 meals to senior citizens in town for Christmas.
“Congratulations are due for them, and thanks,” Fitzpatrick said.
Council members also wished all a happy and healthy new year.
The next council meeting will be in council chambers at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14.