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MAY 1, 2012 CHANGES

The Shapleigh Solid Waste Facility and Transfer Station will be changing to summer hours on May 1, 2012.  The seasonal hours will be in effect through September 30, 2012.   Days and Times are Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm. FMI call 636-3688 during those hours.

The Shapleigh Community Library will also be changing to summer hours on May 1 until August 31, 2012.  Summer hours are:

 Tuesday, 3 pm to 8 pm

Thursday, 10 am to 2 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm

Saturday, 9 am to 2 pm

FMI call 636-3630 during those hours.

APPOINTMENTS

Both Republican and Democratic ballot clerks were appointed by the Board of Selectmen, the names having been furnished by Town Clerk Joanne Rankin.  Said appointments are to be effective until May 1, 2014.

The Democratic ballot clerks appointed are:  Dianne Aikins, Madge Baker, Karla Bergeron, Ruth Boothby, Martha Chessie, Else-Maria Cook, Hazel Goodwin, Charles Gruber, Margaret Moody, and Nancy Small.

The Republican ballot clerks appointed are:  Patricia Baldwin, Barbara Britten, Doris Brown, Rhonda Burnell, Anna Desmond, Brenda Goodwin, Rebecca Harris, Donna Ruopp, and Gretchen Wood.

HAZARD MITIGATION PLANNING

The York County, Maine, Hazard Mitigation Plan Executive Summary was completed in 2011 by the York County Emergency Management Agency and the Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission.  In the year 2000 the Federal Disaster Management Act (FDMA) mandated that all localities that wish to continue receiving FEMA funds after hazard events must prepare a local hazard mitigation plan.  Under that law any community without such a plan will no longer receive post-disaster relief funding after November 2004.                                                                                                     The York County Emergency Management Agency decided that the best way to meet the requirements of the law was to complete a county-wide Hazard Mitigation Plan.  There were two reasons for making this decision:

1.     The county possesses greater hazard mitigation resources than do many of its municipalities, and

2.     The hazards faced by its municipalities are similar.

In accordance with the state home rule laws, each of the 29 municipalities in the county has jurisdiction over all land use and planning regulations so the plan was written with local interests in mind.  Accordingly, it is necessary for it to be presented to Boards of Selectmen and/or Councils of all 27 towns and 2 cities for adoption.

Bob Abbott, Shapleigh’s Emergency Management Agency Director, and Kimberley White-Kaiser, Director of the York County Emergency Management Agency, appeared before the Shapleigh Selectmen at their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.  Bob introduced Kimberley who addressed the Board concerning the document, its purpose and role not only in future funding for projects but also for disaster assistance. 

One of the advantages of hazard mitigation is that projects can be identified and completed at much less expense before the damage occurs.  Mitigation projects can include rip-rapping a steep roadside slope to prevent storm runoff eroding the slope and causing the roadway to wash out  as during the Mother’s Day Storm of several years ago.  Basically it is the old adages of “A stitch in time saves nine” or “An ounce of prevention avoids a pound of cure” that mitigation represents.   Spending $35,000 on preventive measures is better than spending $124,000 to repair damage which could have been avoided.

                  

The Board, after listening to the presentation and reviewing the document, voted to sign the Resolution of Adoption of the Hazard Mitigation Plan. 

PLANNING BOARD

                The agenda for a recent Planning Board (PB) meeting included a Best Possible Location (BPL) for replacing an existing structure at 18 Hemlock Rd, Square Pond, on Map 30 Lot 44 with Barbara and Brian Batson being the applicants.  A site visit to the property was undertaken by the PB prior to the meeting.

                Under new business the Planning Board considered a Best Possible Location (BPL) for expanding an existing structure by 30% on Point Rd, Map 27 Lot 24, applicants being William and Eileen Mageary.

                Planning Board decisions for both of these cases will appear in this column next week.

    Residential Growth Permits are still available for 2012.  FMI call Barbara at 6362843 ext 404.

SCHOLARSHIPS

It’s that time of year when students who are planning on going on to institutions of higher learning apply for a myriad of scholarships that are available to graduates.  Shapleigh’s RSU 57 Massabesic High graduates have available several scholarships by virtue of the fact that they reside in Shapleigh.  The Emily Ferguson Memorial Scholarship, The Wilma (Billie) Thyng Memorial Scholarship, The Donald and Clifford Holdsworth Memorial Scholarship, and the Shapleigh Community Day Scholarship are available through the Town of Shapleigh. 

Administered by the Deaconate of the Shapleigh First Baptist Church for graduates residing in Shapleigh are several scholarships as well:  The Amy P. Crediford Memorial Scholarship, The Roswell Abbott Family Memorial Scholarship, The Thyng-Goodrich Memorial Scholarship, and The Jane, Lloyd & Mildred Hooper Memorial Scholarship.

Financially, every little bit helps, considering the high cost of a college education these days.  All of the above scholarships are paid directly to the college or university after the student’s successful completion of the first semester and enrollment in the second semester.

Interviews have been scheduled with the candidates who have submitted applications for those scholarships which are administered by the Board of Selectmen.  Successful candidates will be awarded the scholarships at their graduation ceremony.

WILLIAMS PROPERTY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

            The Board of Selectmen has appointed seven townspeople to a committee to advise them as to the use, care and stewardship of the Williams property which was gifted to the Town of Shapleigh this past year.  Consisting of about three hundred acres, the two parcels of land abut each other and cover the ridge from the Gulf Rd to the County Rd.  In addition to open fields there are ponds and wooded areas where one can really relax and let the calmness of nature eliminate all the stresses of daily life as you are “on top of the world.”

            The Board of Selectmen will be scheduling a meeting with the Williams’ Property Advisory Committee soon.  The members include Madge Baker, Mark Cobb, Nathan Gallant, Richard Goodwin, Bruce Lamb, Michael Roux Sr. and William Sleight.    The reason for the delay in scheduling the initial meeting is that all these folks needed to be sworn in by the Town Clerk.   The Board of Selectmen will meet with them to give them their charge.  After that they will choose their own chairman, arrange for their own meetings, and report back to the Board of Selectmen on a regular basis.

REMINDER

The Acton/Shapleigh Lions Pancake Breakfast is this coming Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the Acton Town Hall from 8 am to 10 am.  Great food, great company, only $5.00 for all you can eat.  Proceeds of the breakfast benefit the residents of Acton and Shapleigh in need through the Lions Charitable Fund.