Gallus lands plum committee assignments

State Senator John Gallus said he landed some excellent committee assignments, chairing one committee and serving on two other important committees. "I'm thrilled," said Gallus, (R-Berlin). The District 1 Senator will chair the senate's Wildlife and Recreation Committee and serve on the Energy and Economic Development and the Ways and Means Committees. The freshman senator called the Wildlife and Recreation Committee an excellent committee for him to chair. He said ...

Fraser Papers gets state permit for upgrade

Fraser Papers has received its state permit allowing it to install and operate a new package boiler, stream stripper, 25-megawatt turbine, and other air pollution-control equipment at the Berlin pulp mill. Doug Laughton of the Air Resources Division of the state Department of Environmental Services said Fraser received its pre-construction or temporary permit last Friday. The permit was required before Fraser could begin the upgrade of the pulp mill to allow the facility to meet ...

AVRRDD finalizes $10 million bond for landfill purchase and capital costs

The Androscoggin Valley Regional Refuge Disposal District yesterday moved one step closer to finalizing purchase of the Mount Carberry landfill. By unanimous vote, the AVRRDD board voted to finalize the bonding of $10 million to purchase the landfill from Fraser Papers and cover associated capital costs. The district board had voted to bond the money back in October but the district bylaws require a 60-day waiting period before the bonding can be finalized. If the legislative body ...

County delegation votes not to abate interest on city's late tax payment

Berlin got a lump of coal delivered yesterday by the Coos County delegation which voted not to abate interest on the city's late 2001 tax payment to the county. After a lengthy debate, the delegation voted 5-4 to require the city to pay the full $20,086 in interest generated by its late payment. Speaking on behalf of the city, Representatives Ed Mears and Robert Theberge reminded the delegation that Berlin was struggling to stay solvent financially last year with over $4 million ...