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Biddeford Journal Tribune (Newspaper) - November 30, 2007, Biddeford, Maine York county s Only daily newspaper _ journal Tribune est. Jon. 5,1884 50 cents volume 123 no. 280friday, november 30, 2007 look so kick annal to new outgoing Biddeford mayor Wallace Nutting at his office on wednesday. The portrait behind him is of Gen. Joshua Chamberlain former Maine governor and civil War hero whom Nutting concludes tour of duty by Dina mendr0s staff writer Biddeford a he a dedicated his life to Public service. Retired four Star . Army general Wallace Nutting a Veteran of 35 years in uniform is ending his fourth and final year As mayor of Biddeford. A a it a been a privilege and an Honor to serve a said Nutting during an interview in Biddeford City Halls mayors office meticulously renovated to its original decor after severe water damage to the room during a memorial Day storm in 2005. In the dim afternoon Light on wednesday the outgoing mayor reflected on his four years of service with the City the accomplishments of his administration and his few regrets. One of the things that Nutting emphasized was that it was the people within City government and the school department that made the City and his tenure in office As successful As it was. A they Are As professional As any people in be worked with a said the Man who has lived around the world and served in the highest Levels of the military. During his Campaign for office Nutting had listed As his top priority the a it a been a privilege and Honor to serve. Quot Biddeford mayor Wallace Nutting need to bring civil discourse to City government. Civility was something he Felt was missing at City Hall but which a took hold fairly Early on during his first term. Although there have been disagreements among the elected City and school officials Nutting said those disagreements have been discussed civilly. While the Council has been criticized for not listen ing to residents Nutting firmly disagreed a this Council has listened for More hours and More deeply than any other but. He noted a there s a difference Between listening and promoting a efficiency and sound fiscal management Quot was another of Nutting s goals and was listed on the 2 x 3 Campaign flyer that helped him first get elected. While he believes the budget increased More than it should have during his term he noted that before he took office the average annual growth of the City budget was 6 percent and since he a been mayor its now Down to 4 percent. Even so a a that a still tin much Quot said the fiscal conservative. Another Success that Nutting Felt his administration accomplished was creating a positive investment climate in the City. He said that the creation of the heart of Biddeford shortly after he took off ice helped forge a partnership Between downtown businesses and City government. He pointed to numerous new investors in some of the City s downtown buildings and in the former Mill buildings As Well As new and expanded businesses in tile see Nutting Page a3 question county s books by Tammy Wells stuff writer Alfred a York county government has a credibility problem in the View of at least one municipal officer and others thursday questioned if anyone will be held accountable for the county a financial mess. Elected and appointed officials from several of York county a 29 municipalities gathered at the York county shelter thursday to hear directly from county commissioners the new finance director and a member of the county s auditing firm. It was the first meeting in several years of the York county municipal officers association. Officials Hope to revive the organization. Late last year it became apparent York county would carry a $ 1.2 million a designated fund balance deficit from 2 x 6. After an audit of the 2 x 6 books it was Learned that if not addressed the deficit would grow to almost $2.25 million by the end of this year. A it sounds like there s enough blame to go around for everybody a said Shapleigh selectman Bill Hayes. Quot there a a credibility problem. There a some serious mismanagement going on. If you re looking to increase your credibility you la be wanting to make a fresh Start and do some restructuring. When the county manager David adjutant was gone for 40 Days on medical leave some Steps were taken. Then he a Back. I Don t understand Why he has that county commission chairman Richard Dutremble said his main responsibility now is to get the county on a level playing Field and to make sure policies put into place Are see county Page a2groups Host More diners at thanksgiving table by Liz Gotthelf stuff writer volunteers at Community thanksgiving dinners dished out much More Turkey and mashed potatoes this year with Overall attendance one third higher than last year. The knights of Columbus which has been serving a thanksgiving dinner for Many years at the most holy Trinity Parish in Saco reported 850 participants this year up from about we last year. At the old Orchard Beach United methodist Church the head count was 130 this year As opposed to 85 last year. Mike Gray pastor of the Church said that this year the Church extended the service to include people in Biddeford and Saco. This May have contributed to the increase of diners but Gray said Quot there is definitely a need this Gray said that the Church s food pantry is currently serving see meals Page a3 Demanke rate Cut May be needed Washington apr Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke on thursday hinted that another interest rate Cut May be needed to bolster the Economy. The worsening credit crunch a deepening housing slump and rising Energy prices probably will create some Quot headwinds for the consumer in the months ahead a he said. Bernanke said he expects consumer spending will continue to grow and suggested the country can withstand the current problems without see Bernanke Page a3 others find value in supermarkets rating system for healthy foods Mem import oks refunds on Eudse taxes by David Sharp associated press writer Portland a the Hannaford Bros supermarket Chain plans to License its Gold Star rating system that has been applied to More than 25,0 x food items ranging from fresh habanera peppers and mangos to Spaghetti of a and wonder bread. Billed As the first program of its Type the guiding stars system is already in place in 164 Hannaford supermarkets throughout the Northeast and 106 Sweet Bay stores in Florida. And it will be implemented in food lion stores next year. Of the licensing is successful the program could be rolled out to stores other than Delaize group s Hannaford Sweet Bay and food lion. A with obesity and related diseases continuing to be a serious problem Hannaford is committed to being a part of the broader Public health solution a Ronald Hodge Hannaford Sceo and president said thursday in a statement. Other supermarkets along with vendors and health care groups Are see Hannaford Page a3by Jodi Hausen staff writer Kennebunkport a selectmen voted thursday evening to ask local voter approval for an optional state Law that will enable residents transferring registration from one vehicle to another to receive an excise tax refund if the new vehicle is of less value than the former one. Kennebunkport Board is one of Only five governing bodies in the state to approve the measure though it will still need to be passed by voters at town meeting according to town manager Larry Mead. Only about 34 towns have considered it to Date he said. Tax collector Anita Troegner com piled data that showed that in the past year there were 26 occasions totalling $1,616 where residents would have received a refund. Those potential refunds ranged from 12 cents to about $250. Four of them would have been less than $10 while six were for More than i she reported. Though some selectmen expressed Surprise that More towns have not approved the Law for Many the potential costs of refunding tax dollars to new residents who had t registered a vehicle in the town could be costly. Additionally it was estimated that it will Cost the town $12 in overhead for each Check processed so it could Cost the town More Money than the amount of the actual refund Check. It was also projected that More than 62 percent of refunds will be under $50. A at a time when we Are trying to reduce the size of government this causes More clerical work. However this would be reasonable if a lower limit were established but that is not allowed Quot wrote Mead in his report to selectmen. Selectmen were unanimous in their approval of the move despite its Downside. In today a Economy where everybody is looking for a break this will ease a Burden on taxpayers said mat Lanigan Board chairman. See k port Page a3 90090 >00001 for Home delivery 207 282-1535 weather mostly sunny Breezy. Complete acc weather forecast on Page a2 a. World Airliner crash no survivors found after plane crashes on approach to Landing in Turkey. Page a1 Index 24 pages Abby b7 new England a5 classified b9-11 obituaries a5 comics b6 opinion a6 Community a4 sports bl-5 local Region a3,9 television b7 lotteries a4 world Natl a7,8,11 a neighbor or. Buds conservation work a2. A hostages colombian rebels release video a7. A heart study Framingham work continues a11. Tarnation to amt Kim thy bal

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