The Conway Daily Sun recently posted the Top 10 Stories of 2023. Here is a summary of the stories chosen by the Sun. What do you think? Anything else that should have made the list?
1. Paid Parking Debate: In early 2023, Conway selectmen shelved the controversial paid parking proposal in North Conway Village after significant community backlash and logistical concerns.
2. Property Revaluation and Tax Shifts: A revaluation led to increased taxes for many homeowners and decreased taxes for some commercial properties, causing community unrest due to the significant shift in tax burden.
3. Casino Proposal Controversy: Developers filed a lawsuit against the town after facing challenges in turning a space in the former Shur-fine Plaza into a charitable gaming casino.
4. Extreme Weather Patterns: 2023 experienced unusual weather, including a wet summer affecting foliage and apple crops, and significant precipitation leading to flooding and altered snowfall patterns.
5. Rental Inspection Ordinance: Following a Supreme Court ruling, Conway selectmen faced resistance while implementing a new program for licensing and inspecting all rental properties.
6. School Closure and Realignment: Discussions on closing one of Conway's elementary schools and moving sixth grade to Kennett Middle School intensified due to declining enrollment and budget cuts.
7. Market Basket Opens: After delays and anticipation, Market Basket finally opened in October at Settlers Green, bringing a new grocery option to the area.
8. Kennett High’s 100th Anniversary: Kennett High School celebrated its 100th anniversary with a range of events, including a large parade and various festivities, highlighting strong community spirit.
9. Transitions and Retirements in SAU 9: Several key educational and administrative figures in SAU 9, including the Superintendent, announced retirements or transitions, marking a significant change in local leadership.
10. Sign Ordinance Disputes: Legal battles emerged over Conway's sign ordinance, particularly involving Leavitt’s Country Bakery and Settlers Green, leading to ongoing court cases and community debate.