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ABSENTEE BALLOTS


Shapleigh Town Clerk Joanne Rankin has indicated that absentee ballots are now available for the November 6, 2012 State/General/Referendum Election at her office in the Town Hall at 22 Back Rd. Requests for a mailed ballot may be made by telephone or in writing by the voter or an immediate family member by Thursday, November 1, 2012 unless the voter completes a “special circumstances” application.


Voters may also request a ballot online at:http://www.miane.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl


Polling hours on November 6, 2012 are from 7:30 am to 8 pm at the Shapleigh Town Hall, 22 Back Road.


FMI call the Shapleigh Town Clerk's Office at 636-2843 ext 415 or 412.


NEW EXHIBIT


Featured at the Shapleigh Community Library during the month of October is a collection of antique irons, courtesy of Kay Meyerhoff. Years ago these irons were placed on the kitchen stove to heat so that the wrinkles could be removed from clothing. Generally a household had several that were in use at the same time during an ironing session so that as one cooled down another one would be ready. Heavy potholders were necessary to prevent persons from burning their hands while ironing. There is one type of iron that has a removable wooden handle which did not require a potholder so was less cumbersome to use. When visiting the library do take time to view this exhibit.



LIBRARIAN REPORT


Librarian Gene Smith has presented the Board of Selectmen with report comparing September 2012 with September 2011.


                                             2012    2011


Fiction                                    224     342

Non-Fiction                              27       33

Juvenile/Young Adult               52     162

Renewals                                  1         4

Videos                                    27        60

Periodicals                             12          7

Fines                               $92.00    $104.14

Sales                               $ 6.00       $ 6.00

New Patrons                            4           3

Patrons (Adults)                   197       245

Patrons (Juvenile/YA)            22         70

Total Patrons                       229       315


The Shapleigh Community Library adds new books to its inventory frequently so if you haven't been lately now is a good time to stop by. Open hours are Tuesday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm; Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. FMI call 636-3630 during those hours.


RACE TO THE TOP


RSU 57 Superintendent of Schools John A. Davis has notified all six towns which comprise RSU 57 (Alfred Limerick, Lyman, Newfield, Shapleigh and /Waterboro) of RSU's participation in the federal grant process for mass customized learning from the Department of Education “ Race to the Top” (RTT-D) funds. Davis is seeking feedback from each of the municipalities.


An information packet containing an extensive strategic action plan and goals for improved student outcomes, as well as a lengthy grant information document and an overview of RSU's work with mass customized learning has been received by the Selectmen




RECYCLING PAYS


The Town received $146.04 from Universal Recycling Technologies items turned in at the transfer station.  .


GA REIMBURSEMENT


The first quarter (Jan – March) General Assistance Reimbursement from the State of Maine amounted to $1,324.50. GA is administered through Executive Secretary Karla Bergeron. Any Shapleigh resident who may need to apply for assistance from the Town of Shapleigh should call 636-2843 ext 401 to make an appointment and to find out what documentation is required for the interview and completion of the application.


APPOINTMENTS


Marcia Zinser of the Knox Road has been appointed by the Board of Selectmen to serve on two committees, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Shapleigh Community Day Committee. Zinser is a new resident in town with a willingness to serve her community. She will fill positions that have long been vacant because of a lack of residents willing or able to volunteer in those capacities.


Volunteerism is the heart of any community. The Selectmen applaud all of those many volunteers serving on Fire and Rescue, Board of Town Forest Trustees, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Assessment Review. Conservation Commission, Board of Library Trustees, Budget Committee, Recreation, and other various town committees. When persons invest their talents in such a manner they truly are part of what makes Shapleigh such a great place to live.


REAL HEROES


The Regional Director of Communications & Government Relations for the Red Cross of Maine, Jason Shedlick, is seeking the names of York County who have demonstrated acts of heroism and shown courage, kindness, unselfish character in service to others. Often these unselfish acts go unnoticed or receive little fanfare. The Real Heroes program is designed to pay tribute to these selfless acts.


The Shapleigh Board of Selectmen is seeking input from the public regarding anyone who knows of an individual who would be a likely recipient of this award in order to submit a nomination form. Please call 636-2843 ext 401 to provide the information requested or mail the name and information to Board of Selectmen, Real Heroes Program, PO Box 26, Shapleigh, Maine 04076.


The nominees should meet the following criteria to be considered for the Real Heroes award.

  • Must be a resident or be employed in York County.

  • Must have performed his/her heroic act between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.

  • Should fall into one of these categories (employee or volunteer):

    • Public Safety Real Heroes Award - City, county, state, military, law enforcement, or firefighters

    • Life Saving Real Heroes Award – Individuals, hospital, rescue squads, EMTs

    • Community Service Award – Individual or Group at least 21 years old

    • Youth Community Service Award – Group or individual under 21 years of age

    • Military Real Heroes Award – Member of the Armed Forces

    • Animal Rescue Real Heroes Award – Person saved animal/animal saved person

    • Educational Real Heroes Award – from any school district or community eduction organization

    • Workplace Safety Real Heroes Award – Company or Organization

    • International Service Real Heroes Award – Any group or individual

    • Medical Provider/Outreach Real Heroes Award – Any group or individual

    • Environmental Service/Outreach Real Heroes Award – Any group or individual

    • Other Award – Any event we should hear about.


Deadline for submission of nominations is February 10, 2013. The award winners will be celebrated at a special event in Portland on April 4, 2013.


PERMANENT DOCK DENIED


Roger Beyea, on behalf of property owner Steve Procopio of 32nd Street, Lower Mousam, met with the Planning Board on September 25, 2012 for reconsideration of his application for a 41 ft. dock. The application had originally been before the Planning Board at its previous meeting on September 11, 2012 and had been denied.


After another site visit and a lengthy discussion at the Planning Board meeting the decision was made to deny the application. Denial was based on the fact that the owner did not have a required DEPpermit for a permanent dock. Also it unreasonably interferes with recreational and navigational uses of the abutters.


AFTER-THE-FACT


A shed which had been placed without a permit on a parcel of land shown on the Town of Shapleigh property maps as Map 33 Lot 46, Treasure Island, Square Pond, was granted an “After-The-Fact” Best Possible Location by the Planning Board with the condition that the platform the shed rests on shall be reduced in size so it does not extend beyond the footprint of the shed itself.. Marcia Crumley, owner of the property, had replaced an existing shed without the required permit. The location of the new shed is now further from the side lot line than the previous shed and does not obstruct the view or mobility of anyone on the island.


The permit fee required after-the-fact is double that which it would have been had the property owner complied with the Zoning Ordinance and sought a permit from the Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) prior to placing the shed. Remember, it is is always best to talk to the CEO before starting a project to find out if a permit is necessary. It could save you money.


BUILDING EXPANSIONS


The Planning Board approved two Best Possible Locations at its meeting on October 9, 2012. One is for Richard and Carol Levesque, owners of property on Hawthorne Rd, Square Pond. Their cottage will be replaced and and enlarged by 30% at a greater distance from the high water line than the original structure. The new structure will be 36 ft. back from the high water line. The second one was granted to Bill and Amy Turgeon on Cattail Loop who are planning to put a full foundation under the existing cottage in its present location and construct an addition which will use up the 30% expansion allowed by the ordinance. Vegetation disturbed by these two projects are to be replaced with woody and herbaceous plants native to the area by June 2013. Building plans must be approved by the CEO before any construction takes place on the site.


BEST POSSIBLE LOCATION


J. P. Construction, representing property owner David Bridges, has submitted an application to the Planning Board for a Best Possible Location to replace the existing camp with a new structure. The property is located at 22 Cattail Loop, Lower Mousam, Shapleigh Tax Map 16 Lot 39.This case will be an agenda item at the next Planning Board meeting on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm. Abutters have been notified in order for them to comment if they wish to do so.


PROPOSED ORDINANCE CHANGES


The Planning Board has been working on several proposed changes to the Zoning Ordinance and has scheduled a public hearing on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 7 pm at the Shapleigh Town Hall.

The amendments will deal with

  1. Sec. 105-19 Notes to Table on Dimensional Requirements

  2. Sec 105-47 Signs and billboards

  3. Sec.105-60 Private ways, and

  4. Repeal of Sec. 105-44 Piers, docks and other shoreland construction

The public is invited to attend. FMI call Barbara at 636-2843 ext 404.



VARIANCE APPROVED


The Treasure Island Land Owners Association (TILOA), represented by its President Jack Burke, appeared before the Zoning Board of Appeals on October 1, 2012 to request a variance from the 75 foot setback from the centerline of a right-of-way in order to build a 12x14 foot shed to hold a water holding tank. The right of way is owned by TILOA. The property is located in the shoreland district but is over 100 ft. from the the high water mark of Square Pond..


Several other island homeowners and members of TILOA were present, Rich Tully and Ed O'Callaghan, both of the Water Committee of TILOA; and Conrad Gagne who is on the Board of Directors of the Water Committee.


The current water system approved by the State of Maine serves 78 homes. There are two wells in existence; a drilled one on the mainland and another on the north end of the island which is a dug well. There is a storage tank on the north end which is connected to the dug well but there is no storage tank on the southern end. Island residents have been experiencing low water pressure and water supply during busy weekends and holiday weekends due to the fact there is no storage capability on the southern end.


In order for a variance to be granted four criteria must be met and in this particular case they were.


  1. The land in question cannot yield a reasonable return without the granting of the variance. In this instance all landowners need a viable and adequate water supply and without such the land would hold extremely reduced value.


  1. The land must be unique. In this particular case this is an island with no vehicular access but the right-of-way is in such a configuration there is no area that could meet the criteria of the ordinance for any structure.


  1. The granting of this variance would not alter the essential character of the locality. In this case the structure being requested is small in nature and unobtrusive and would be a minor addition to the island.


  1. The hardship is not the result of any action taken by the applicant. In TILOA's case the first pump tank and water supply was put in before the Zoning and Ordinance and its criteria existed.


The Board or Zoning Appeals after hearing all the testimony and reviewing all of the required criteria unanimously granted the variance.



RABIES CLINIC


Persons who own dogs who may need rabies shots in order to keep the immunization current may be interested to know that there is a Rabies Clinic to be held on Sunday, October 21, 2012 from 9 am to 1 pm at the East Lebanon Fire Station, Corner of Depot and Upper Cross Roads. The clinic is sponsored by Milton Vet with the fee being $16.00. Please have your dogs on a leash.