AUGUSTA — Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers is warning motorists about websites claiming to provide new driver’s licenses and driver’s license renewals.

Summers says the web sites charge customers, but never send valid credentials. Maine’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles has received complaints about a web site called and

Summers says new Maine driver’s licenses can only be obtained at state Bureau of Motor Vehicles branches or mobile units. The only valid web site for renewing a Maine driver’s license is Proof of residency and legal presence must already be established to renew online.

A complete listing of BMV locations can be found at

Councilors to take up paving plant issues

AUGUSTA — The ongoing controversy pitting residents of the Grandview neighborhood versus the operators of a paving plant and the owner of the pit in which it is located could come to a head Thursday.

City councilors are considering tabled changes to the city’s mineral extraction ordinance to address residents’ concerns about odors, dust and noise coming from the R.C. & Sons Paving plant. The changes as proposed would force the plant, which is located in a pit owned by McGee Construction off West River Road, to close or move when its license expires next May.

City Manager William Bridgeo said Tuesday he had not received any updates regarding the efforts of an odor expert hired by R.C. & Sons Paving and McGee Construction to quell asphalt odors coming from the plant and bothering neighbors.

Councilors take up the issue of the paving plant and its neighbors in an informational meeting Thursday, at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at Augusta City Center. It is the only item on their agenda.

China committee continues talks

CHINA — Topics for  today’s Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee meeting include continued ordinance review, discussion of impact fees on development and discussion of ways to present the committee’s conclusions and recommendations to residents.

The committee meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Office.

State senator holding town square meeting

AUGUSTA — Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, will hold a “town square meeting” at the reading room Lithgow Library from 9:30 to 11 a.m. this Saturday.

“I am hoping that many concerned citizens from Augusta, China, Oakland, Sidney, and Vassalboro will join me to share their ideas about our state and how we can work together to make it a better place for our families,” said Katz. “I will be there to listen and I want to hear people’s ideas for our upcoming legislative session. The more people I hear from, the better I can do my job.”

Vassalboro to discuss grant application

VASSALBORO — Selectmen plan to discuss a grant application for the town’s recreation department at Thursday’s meeting. Recreation Director Nicole Wasilewski is scheduled to attend the meeting.

Also on the agenda is a review of legal comments on the new personnel handbook, if they are available, and the usual reports from the town manager and the road commissioner.

Selectmen meet at 7 p.m. in the Town Office.

Compiled from staff reports

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