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SOULE4MAYOR2017: LEWISTON, MAINE WITH A NEW FUTURE GLANCE. Click, on anything red.

13 Jun

*BUILDINGS and DWELLINGS:

1. Over 179 building, 600 dwelling and apartment units (Now, a property taxable loss to the city; that, business and residents must make up in the city budget.) have been demolished either by City (Mostly) or private land owners in the Past 32 years. This does not include the transfer of the Bates Mill Complex with $27 million dollars, 3 parking garages, and cost of refurbishing of 300 parking space and on going heating of the mill by the City of Lewiston, Maine.

55% of all housing units as of 2013 are structures containing two or more units and as of 2013 there were 70 condemned residential structures in the City.

As, of 2013 the breakdown of housing types are as follow:

43.3% Single-family Detached homes.
1.6% Attached Homes.
41.1% 2 to 9 unites.
10.3 10 or more units.
3.7% Mobile Homes.

These figure maybe off by up to 2 percent as of 2016.

*SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS: (Was talking to Code enforcement and he stated to me that it was a good thing building and apartments holding units were being torn down as it would lead to not having to build more schools.)

Student, totals are projected to be as of 2017 5,752 with an increase until year 2021 this in part due to reproductive habits of some newer immigrants and welfare. Plus, non sexual education of new immigrants and religious belief as contraceptives were to we Christians as dictated by the Holy Sea.

This increase in the last few years has created a significant increase in the tax rate for elderly property owner’s through the expansion of schools and the construction of a new K1 to K8 which will be over budget by my speculations. This do to unforeseen property procurement and demolition costs.

It is my speculation that 47 new classrooms are need in the next 10 years. This with associated teachers and support staff.

It would be wise to think that; if, it were not for the demolition of multi-unit building Lewiston, Maine would be in server municipal financial trouble and maybe at that in the future.

*LEWISTON, MAINE ROADS/Water Distribution Lines/SIDEWALKS/Parking Garages/BRIDGES/Landfill:

188 mile of roads.
146 miles of H2O distribution Lines.
86 miles of sidewalks.
5 Parking structures.
8 Bridges.
1 Landfill which I anticipate will need to be replaced in a little more than 10 years.

*SOULE4MAYR2017: NEW PRIORITIZE ECONOMIC VITALITY PLAN:FOR THE FUTURE.

1. Invest Wisely.
2. Emphasize the Heart of Lewiston.
3. Rethink Lewiston’s Suburban Gateways.
4. Capture a Greater hare of Major Retailers and Employers.
5. Make Lewiston a Hub for Artisan Industry.
6. Build Lewiston’s Creative Economy. (Translates to; Range of economic professions in active Lewiston.)
7. Partner, with Educational Institutions and Local Manufactures to Build a Skilled Labor Force.
8. Strive to become Self-Sufficient. This to me mean doing business with local town businesses peoples when meaningful value can be achieved.
9. Reforming the Cities General Assistance Policy. This to me means adding an individual to corporate full employment by the City of Lewiston’s paying the Employer for a period of time to educate the individual General Assistance person to learn the Job Requirements.

* STRONG SMALL BUSINESS AGENDA:

A. Support Local Partnerships / Incubators.

B. Start an Annual Partnership / Incubator Conference.

C. Open a Co-Working Office.

D. Promote, Grassroots Initiatives through the Federal Community Development Block Grant Funding.

*SOULE4MAYOR2017 POLICIES & PROGRAMS:

Initiate, a Downtown Development Revolving Fund or Infrastructure Bank or Union with credit unions / Banks.

Create, a Business Improvement District.

Set up a Tax Increment Financing District for the Downtown area.

Pursue Revitalization Loans or Grants from around the world.

Expand or create, search for a new Lewiston Economic Growth Plan with input from local businesses, out of state and overseas nations.

* * ALL, THIS WHILE INSTRUCTING: Lewiston’s Municipal government not to exceed Lewiston 12018 budget expenditures this goes to pay raises and Teacher-yearly-Step-Raises of 3% for each year they are with the School System. This 3% percent is on top of last years 3% increase and 3% on each salary they go a year earlier plus medical and extras.

Maine Financial System, is an up side down Egyptian Pyramid; getting ready to collapse on it’s self. Remember, Maine population is decreasing and the people living here will sooner or later be taxed to rebellion or drastic cuts will have to be made to social services (roads, bridges, water items.) The average age of a Mainer is 43 years of age . . . . . and increasing.

But than again,all U need to B happy; is-a-safe-place-to-sleep, meal-a-day and your- health. Fore, all else is an extra.

“YOU”, WILL NEVER BE AMERICAN. BUT, BY IMMIGRATION.”

1 Jun

This article is going on 800 view / likes on LINKEDIN.COM .

Big words from an old small man; by Mr.Charles Arthur Soule, second generation Franco – American Citizen.

You  will never be accepted to any of these countries if you move there; France, Russia, China, Japan, Greece, Poland, Ukraine, Finland and so on; because, they are dominated by a nation racial historic lineage.

But, the only way one becomes an American Citizen; is to migrate.   Like, our ancestry forebears did.

Think about it . . . . . We are perhaps; the, only nation on earth that is defined by the trait of legal immigration and once accepted as a citizen you are entitled to all aspects of citizenship under the laws of the United States of America.

NEWS FLASH: Lewiston and Auburn, Maine Consolidate Charter Commission Chairman suggested a postponement November 2017 Vote on CONNECTS-IT / Consolidation may be at hand. States, “Charter Commission” still has work to be done. Click, on anything red.

27 Apr

It is my speculation; that, the Charter Commission on consolidating Auburn and Lewiston, Maine headed by Gene Geiger, Chip Morrison will attempt to postpone the 7 November 2017 “CONNECTS-IT Vote”  in an attempt to have a special “Election Vote” .

This being as an attempt to get a lower turnout to the polls.  As, the Mayoral “Election” scheduled for 7 November 2017 will have a greater voter turnout than a “Special Election” with one item issue.

Don’t read this “Word Salad” : “No” CONNECTS-IT. Click, on anything red.

20 Apr

Consolidation; questions.  Possible; grade, $100 million dollars ?

  1.  How many members on new city council ?
  2.  Who, are the biggest winner ?
  3.  What will happen to one of the city hall ? (Don’t need 2.)
  4.  What will happen to one of the police stations ? (Don’t need 2.)
  5.  Will, mr.  william webster be new city school’s superintendent ?
  6.  What is the actual savings of Connects-it ?
  7.  Will there be a reassessment of everyone’s property taxes ?
  8.  Will all city Union’s agree to consolidation / connects-it ?
  9.  Will city share cost of attorney fee’s if problems arise ?
  10.  What is the cost of changing a cities signs after connects-it ?
  11.  What is the cost of local business rebooting their websites ?

  12.  What is the cost of Businesses reprinting all business forms ?

  13.  What is the cost of new city reprinting all it’s business forms ?
  14.  What is the cost of new city rebooting all websites ?
  15.  Will we all have to renew our Federal useless Maine State Driver’s License ?
  16.  Will we all have to get new Birth Certificates at $15.00 each for member of the f  family ?
  17.  Will Auburn, Maine become liable for Lewiston, Maine’s General Assistance ($500  thousand), Canal project rehabilitation ?  (estimate long term $35 million dollars)  and cost of new k1 -k 8 school cost to taxpaper  of Lewiston, Maine not covered by  State ($6 million  dollars) ?

  18.  Any, exit strategy; for either city down the road ?

  19.  New town name ” SOULEVILLE ” ?   He, he, he, he.

Maine: COMMUNITIES BANKING ON IMPROVED RIVER FRONTS.

28 Mar

Many river side communities in Maine are banking on improved river fronts;  through, walking trails, bicycle trails, canoeing and other recreational activities to aid in their viability, produce commerce to increase their growth and needed tax revenue.

Chattanooga, Tennessee; San Antonio, Texas; Burlington, Vermont have seen vast improvement in economic development due to a sustainable community involvement .

There was a time when Lewiston, Maine and Auburn, Maine realized the way forward was the Androscoggin River and the major component for this action was the combining of the needs of the two communities.

This was accomplished in 1852 be the realization of the conquering of the Androscoggin River Front (Bates Mill and Canals) to benefit the two communities through water power for the new mills and generation of power to the needed production of jobs.

As, you can imagine; the Androscoggin River for a century and a half (150 years.) greatly fulfilled it task for the betterment of the local areas communities from Lewiston, Maine, Lisbon, Maine to Brunswick, Maine for that generation and beyond for a century and a half.

But today, we must think; of what benefits shall the Androscoggin River serve for the betterment of today’s and tomorrow’s citizen’s.

Therefore, I will promulgate this suggestions:

  1.  That, the five (5) electric generation plants now located on or about the Bates Mill Canal (1.5 miles of canals.) on or about Canal  Street, Lewiston, Maine be brought forward in a revitalization of the Androscoggin River to a point of  regeneration of electrical power to accomplish the lighting of the Auburn and Lewison,  Maine’s; street lighting, municipal buildings and school building.
  2.  That, this project realize the saving to the two cities through the saving from have to pay   a foreign entity’s electrical generating company which is in occurrence this day.
  3.  This would yield a saving of on electricity for the communities involved and would aid       in the paying of the Bond debit.

Thus, this would create much needed jobs; construction at first and then reaching out to serve a higher purpose for the revitalization of and reclaiming of the river water front properties alone the mighty waterway of the Androscoggin River.

Note:

The last time, I checked; the city of Lewiston, Maine was paying the electric company better than four (4) hundred thousand dollars a year and rising.

By, reclaiming Androscoggin River water front properties; I mean, the ability to place housing along non flood zones of the Androscoggin River.  (Private homes, Recreational Business usage, scenic views, )

LEWISTON, MAINE’S WAR ON POVERTY.

27 Mar

I have addressed the Lewiston, Maine City Council on many occasions as to the watching of their tax base decrease !

In that, I have stated that they are coming into control; through purchasing, tax leans and bank acquisitions of to many parcels of property and creating a whole in their budget.

To my knowledge, the city has assumed control of over one hundred (100); multi unit building parceled properties.

To, which they have paid for the removal of wooden structures and hole basement filling, removal of asbestos siding, asbestos covered piping, roofing asbestos shingles and lead at a “significan” cost to the taxpayers of Lewiston, Maine.

Who, would I be if I did not mention that some of this was necessary.  Some do to fire quick removal, structural hazards and other problems.

However, it is my thought that some of these multi unit buildings could have been salvaged and returned to the tax paying role of the City of Lewiston, Maine.  Lewiston, Maine City Budget paying Resident’s have seen and average taxable increase of about four ($4) million dollars for the past three (3) years.

And, with all taxes School and City budges being paid by between 31 through 34 percent of the resident and businesses.

Lewiston,Maine has about 1200 apartment and individual home paying part of the entire $120 million dollar Lewiston, Maine city budget.  Sorry, I do not know the percentage of Businesses that help to make up the roughly 31-34 percentile paying all of the $120 million dollar Lewiston, Maine City Budget for fiscal year 2018.

It has crossed my mind; that, the City of Lewiston, Maine maybe attempting to rid itself of “Poor” Mainer’s by demolishing these multi unit building and by granting low cost loans to landlords to take a building off line for the rehabilitation of the building.

Thus, evicting tenants and causing extreme hardship on some elderly occupants who have lived in their home for years; because, the landlords do not have to worry about paying the mortgage and creating a non surplus of apartments to drive the rents higher and I hope this is not so.

And then again, the landlords after completion of the renovation process; rents the multi unit building to a Federally guaranteed subsidized Section 8 recipient (F/check: http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefits-details/710) for a $1250.00 two bedroom first floor apartment, $850.00 for second floor and $650.00 for one bedroom third floor Section 8 recipient.

Thus, making it more difficult for a “working family” to rent; as, some families with children do not receive Section 8 Federal subsidization due to artificial inflating of rent by the federal government through “Subsidization”.

SALARIES ! What’s in your wallet ?

22 Mar

LEWISTON, MAINE:

City Administrator:  (2006: $90 thousand.)   $127 thousand or more. http://www.pressharold.com/2016/12/16

Superintendent of Schools:   $135 thousand or more. http://www.1salary.com/ME/Superintendent-salary.html

Teachers starting salary:  (In class time 175 days a year.)     $48 thousand medium; with yearly in house step raises.   http://www.1salary.com/ME/Lewiston/Public-School-Teacher-salary.html

Police Chief:   $89 thousand or more. http://www.1salary.com/ME/Sheriff-Police-Chief-salary.pdf

Fire Chief:  $79 thousand or more. http://memun.org/SchoolsProject/Resources/Budget/fire.pdf

This does not include perks or shared Insurance costs with municipality.

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Maine Governor’s Salary:  $75 thousand.

Note:  Was there not a scandal about compensation in California ? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Bell_scandal