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GENERAL ASSISTANCE


The Board of Selectmen has scheduled a Public Hearing for Tuesday, for the purpose of enacting the General Assistance Ordinance as is required annually. The hearing will be held at the Town Hall at 7 pm Tuesday, October 30, 2012. The public will be given an opportunity to be heard prior to the consideration of the above ordinance by the municipal officers. A copy of the GA Ordinance is available for review from now until the public hearing. FMI call the Executive Secretary at 636-2843 ext 401.



CONTRACT DEPUTY


Sheriff Ouellette met with Shapleigh Selectmen Michael S. Perro, Mark R. Cobb, and Ruth S. Ham as well as the Acton Selectmen Ted Kryzak, Ed Walsh, and Bill Shields on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Shapleigh Town Hall to discuss the agreement between York County and the Towns of Shapleigh and Acton. Several changes were made to the proposed contract with all parties having input. Another meeting will be scheduled when the final documents have been prepared by Sheriff Ouellette. The contract will set the starting date as January 1, 2013.


The cruiser, a Chevy Impala, has been ordered by the Sheriff specifically for this contract. Since the maintenance of the fleet of cruisers is done in house the Sheriff uses Chevy Impalas because it is easier for the County garage to stock all the necessary items for repairs to get the vehicles back out on the road as soon as possible.


The committee for selecting the deputy will consist of two persons from Shapleigh, two from Acton, and Sheriff Ouellette and Major King. Resumes will be received before the committee meets so that all parties involved will be prepared for the interview process when it is scheduled.



NEW HIRE


The Town had advertised for interested persons to submit applications for the job of Handyman.. After a thorough review several interviews were held and it was the decision of the Board of Selectmen to hire Al Gagnon, a Shapleigh resident. Snowblowing the walkways and shoveling off the steps at the Town Hall will be one of his responsibilities. In addition there will be many varied tasks for him to perform, such as changing light bulbs, putting air conditioners in and out of the windows as the seasons change, picking up items discarded along the town roads and taking them to the transfer station, performing minor repairs at the Town Hall, and more. The position is an as needed on call schedule with no specific hours.


BUDGET PREP SEASON


In order for the Board of Selectmen to have the proper numbers to prepare budgets for the year 2013 the Board of Selectmen met with both Road Commissioners, John Burnell of the Northern District and Richard Goodwin Sr. of the Southern District, this past week. Both Commissioners outlined the road projects which they intend to do next year.


Burnell plans to work on the half of the Ross Corner Road from Owls Nest Road to the Garland Road in the Northern District. Goodwin anticipates working on Tattle Street to the Acton Town Line and continuing work on the County Road in the Southern District as well as working on the southern end of the Walnut Hill Road. The Town tries to keep on a ten year schedule for all its roads since it is easier and less costly to keep up than to catch up.


Pond roads with public easements on them seem to be experiencing more traffic and requiring more frequent grading than in years past. More persons living there year round as well as the changes in the weather patterns seem to be the cause . This may necessitate an increase in the appropriation for pond roads.


CONSENT JUDGMENT


The Superior Court Docket No. ALFSC-12-128 Town of Shapleigh, Plaintiff vs. Patrick Frasier and William Elwewll, Defendants has been settled with a consent judgment. By agreement of the parties, the case against Defendants Elwell and Frasier were dismissed with prejudice and without costs. Defendant Elwell's voluntary payment to the Town of Shapleigh of the agreed-upon amount of $8,000 to be made by October 20, 2012 is not intended, nor should it be construed, as an admission of liability by Defendant Elwell or an acknowledgment of the truth of the allegations made against Defendant Elwell in the Town of Shapleigh's complaint. Defendant Elwell expressly denied each and every allegation contained therein.


What prompted the filing of the complaint was when on Friday, December 2, 2011 Frasier moved earth within the Resource Protection District without a permit on Elwell's property. A beaver dam was removed with heavy equipment that had retained a wetland of approximately 20 acres or more, rated by the State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection as a wetland of moderate to high value. This action, which took place on Friday, December 2, 2011, caused an immense amount of water to travel more than 3,000 feet through the Stream Protection District, scouring stream banks, flowing across State Route 11, which closed traffic for hours, then it continued to flow through the Shoreland Zone, finally depositing massive amounts of siltation and debris into Mousam Lake, which is classified as a Great Pond.


Once the water crossed State Route 11, the Shapleigh Fire Department was forced to deploy six employees and a squad truck to immediately control the situation, eventually handing over control to the Maine Department of Transportation.


This had been by far the environmentally damaging event that the CEO had witnessed in the 13 years he has been serving as Code Enforcement Officer who filed a Notice of Violation and Order to Correct the Violation of the Shapleigh Zoning Ordinance.


Elwell disputed the contents of the Notice and Order of Violation and filed for a public hearing with the Zoning Board of Appeals. Their decision was that they did not have jurisdiction over the matter as it was an enforcement order of Section 105-71(C)(1) of the Shapleigh Zoning Ordinance.


After reviewing all the information pertinent to the matter, the Board of Selectmen, after discussing the situation with an attorney, decided to take it to court. The results appear in the first paragraph of this report.







VANDALISM


The Town storage shed located in the parking lot for the Fire Department was found to have been vandalized. All four of the commercial grade padlocks had been cut off to gain entry to the four compartments. The building holds items stored for use by the various departments of the Town. An inspection of the facility would seem to indicate that all that was taken was a 100 ft. extension cord and an emergency light. Anyone with any information regarding this matter should report it to the Board of Selectmen at 636-2843 ext 401.


VOTING EQUIPMENT


The State of Maine has leased to the Town at no cost voting equipment which will be used in Shapleigh for the first time for the Tuesday, November 6, 2012 election. The Town Clerk, her deputy and ballot clerks will have been trained to use this equipment which should make counting the ballots much quicker than the usual hand counting which has been done for many years. The polls will be open at the Town Hall from 7 am to 8 pm on Election Day.



ACTON/SHAPLEIGH LIONS


Thank you to all those persons who came to support the Lions at the recent beef pot roast dinner served at the First Baptist Church of Shapleigh. The funds raised will benefit the charity account which provides help for needs of Shapleigh and Acton residents.


PANCAKE BREAKFAST


The regular first Saturday of the month Lions Pancake Breakfast will be held at the Acton Town Hall on November 3, 2012 from 8 am to 10 am. The menu consists of golden scrambled eggs prepared by Jim Wilson, hot zesty sausage prepared by Allen White and Richard Nason, pancakes (both regular and blueberry) prepared by Chip Venell, baked beans prepared by Joan Nass, beverages (orange juice, chocolate milk, plain milk, and coffee) prepared by Bob Lord, hot buttered toast prepared by you. Servers include Dot Brown, Liz Cervizzi, Mary Driscoll and Joan Dyer. Richard Nass is the dishwasher with the dishwiper being whomever is available. Larissa Crockett and her young son Hugo clear the tables when persons are finished eating. The cost remains at $5 for this “all you can eat” breakfast with cashiers being George Driscoll and Ruth Ham. Everybody is cross-trained to make for an efficient team. If you come when Roland Goodwin is there with his wife Hazel you may get to hear some lively music on his harmonica. Of course it is also an excellent opportunity to make new friends and have great conversations.