March 16, 2010

Candidates push for low taxes, growth


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Louis Stack who is running for re-election to the Standish Town Council

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Kimberly A. McLaughlin of Yarmouth, candidate for the House District 107 seat

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Staff Writer

Two candidates are vying for one seat in the Standish Town Council Area 4 race. Incumbent Louis Stack, who is finishing his first term as a councilor, is being challenged by Planning Board member Brian Libby.

Both candidates say keeping taxes low would be the top priority during the upcoming term. But they say others issues, like the continued implementation of the town's plan for growth and economic development, will also be important in the coming years.

Libby believes the town needs to do more to direct growth in certain areas, including the three villages. In past years, growth has happened all around town, which is not what residents asked for when they approved the comprehensive growth plan, Libby said.

''I think we need to do a better job of doing what the townspeople want and not necessarily what individuals want (when building),'' Libby said. ''We want to try to keep the town in a rural setting, but still have development.''

Libby said the town's economic development committee is ''going in the right direction'' to try to bring small businesses to Standish, and he wants to continue that effort.

''We seem to have a lack of some of the smaller businesses in town,'' he said.

''We want to keep the residents from having to travel to outlying areas.''

Stack said several recommendations of the 2006 comprehensive growth plan would be high priorities for him, including getting a beach in Standish and following through on plans for the Standish Corner and Sebago Lake villages.

Stack also said he wants to continue the pursuit of freight and passenger rail on the old Mountain Rail Line.

Another top priority, he said, would be working with the Route 113 corridor committee, a regional coalition promoting economic growth along the corridor. The road was recently designated as a scenic byway. Towns in the coalition include Standish, Baldwin, Hiram, Brownfield and Fryeburg.

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Brian Libby, candidate for Scarborough town council


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