|November 02, 2012|
Shapleigh Town Clerk Joanne Rankin and several of her ballot clerks attended a training session at the Town Hall in Limington on Monday, October 22, 2012. Joanne Rankin,Nancy Small, Else Maria Cook and Brenda Goodwin are now prepared to utilize the electronic tabulator for the presidential election and state referendum to be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at the Shapleigh Town Hall from 7:30 am to 8 pm. The deputy town clerk and the remaining ballot clerks will be trained by them.
Motorists traveling the roads in Shapleigh Friday morning were greeted with bright double yellow lines separating the two halves of the roads. This is particularly helpful on dark or foggy nights when visibility is most difficult when driving on roads, particularly on roads which have been built or paved this season such as the Back Road or Gore Rd. This striping is done late at night so there is minimum interference from traffic. Some roads which are wide enough have not only the center lines but also the white lines at the side of the roads to designate where the shoulders are located.
Member Jason Harris has resigned from the Town Budget Committee leaving a vacancy which needs to be filled as soon as possible since the Committee is ready to start the budget process for 2013 shortly. Current members of the committee are Steve Foglio, Bill Mageary, and Nancy Small. The purpose of the budget committee is to review all the budget requests from the various town departments, interview department heads for further information or clarification of their budget requests. When the warrant containing all the articles for the town meeting is prepared the Budget Committee makes recommendations which provide some direction to the voters. Interested persons may contact the Selectmen's Executive Secretary at 636-2843 ext 401 for further information..
MUNICIPAL VALUATION RETURN
Each year the Maine Revenue Services requires each municipality to complete a Municipal Valuation Return (MVR) which contains a great deal of information which is helpful to the State of Maine when it comes to making any changes in the tax laws. Detailed information on the numbers and classifications of veterans and their widows, info on tree growth and other current use parcels, the number of new dwellings in town during the past year, land splits, and more.
SALES RATIO STUDIES
Shapleigh has provided information requested by the Maine Revenue Services so that the Property Tax Division can complete the Sales Ratio Analysis. Title 36, Section 328 (8) requires that municipal assessors conduct annual sales ratio studies. Maine law also requires that each municipality achieve a minimum assessment ratio of 70% and a maximum rating of assessment quality of 20. The Property Tax Division of the Maine Revenue Services provides support to assist assessors in achieving these requirements of the law. This a cooperative effort during which the assessors complete a Sales Analysis Return. The Maine Revenue Services, Property Tax Division (MRS/PTD) send forms to the towns which the assessor completes and returns containing property transactions recorded at the Registry in their county for a specific period. The assessor fills in the assessed valuation of the property as of April 1 of that year, the size of the parcel, the property class and notes whether or not there were special circumstances they are aware of and why this sale should not be considered in the sales ratio analysis. Later on a field representative of the Property Tax Division makes an appointment to come to the Town Hall to review property cards and discuss the sales.
An edited sales analysis of developed parcel transactions will be included with the preliminary 2014 State
Valuation Report from the Maine Revenue Services.
The Board of Selectmen has signed a contract to market part of the former Hooper Property at 38 Back Road. The house, barn, garage and outbuildings will be sold with several acres. The land which wraps around that parcel will still remain Town property. Net funds realized from the sale will be used to reimburse the Town's undesignated fund from which the purchase price was originally taken by vote of the townspeople when the entire 22 acre parcel was purchased from the Hooper heirs.
CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER ACTIVITY
The Shapleigh Code Enforcement Officer has issued the following permits during the past several weeks:
The declared value of these improvements is $188,500.00.
Certificates of occupancy were issued to Raymond Martel, Map 2 Lot 34 A-1, Walnut Hill Rd and Diane Bragdon, Map 34 Lot 3, Cedar Drive, Square Pond.
Maria Marchant, proud parent of two Eagle Scouts, has informed the Board of Selectmen that her son Kevin Anthony Evard Marchant has completed the requirements for Eagle Scout, and having
been examined by an Eagle Scout Board of Review, was found worthy of the rank of Eagle Scout.
In honor of his achievement, an Eagle Scout Court of Honor is scheduled for Sunday, November 11, 2012.
Kevin's Eagle project was creating and
entering accurate GPS coordinates of seven (7) Life
The Board of Selectmen will be sending Kevin a letter of commendation for this achievement. Once an Eagle always an Eagle.
LIONS HELPING NEIGHBORS
There is a great need to assist folks in our own neighborhoods, particularly during cold weather and the holiday season. The Acton/Shapleigh Lions Club attempts to meet those needs by raising funds from its regular “All You Can Eat” $5.00 Pancake Breakfasts held at the Acton Town Hall the first Saturday of each month year round. The next breakfast is Saturday, November 3, 2012 from 8 am to 10 am. The proceeds from the breakfast will help the Lions provide for Shapleigh and Acton residents in need.
LIONS ZONE 2 MEETING
Held at the Acton Town Hall on September 17, 2012 the Lions members from Zone 2 gathered for a meal and meeting. Zone Chair Gerald Coutu welcomed everyone, led the 4 point Lion Greeting, and had several speakers during the business part of the evening. Zone 2 is comprised of the Acton/Shapleigh Lions Club, the Limerick Lions Club, the Lyman/Dayton Lions Club. Hollis Lions Club, and Massabesic Lions, all of which were represented. Kay Parent, the Lions Poster Person,was among those who spoke about the Lions projects. Kay herself is blind so she recognizes the value of sight. Patty Adams, currently of the Dayton/Lyman Lions Club, was also one of the speakers. All Lions Clubs present had a spokesperson who informed all the other clubs present of the activities which had been a source of their club's fundraising efforts and service to others.
Lions Clubs throughout Maine have sponsored pumpkins for the annual pumpkin festival held at LLBeans in Freeport. Funds generated by this program benefit Camp Sunshine and all the children who go there. The local Acton/Shapleigh Lions donated $100 (equal to 10 pumpkins). At the time of this writing 7,242 pumpkins have been purchased with a balance of 2,758 remaining.
Improving eyesight is one of the main projects of the Lions Clubs. The Massabesic Lions Club gathers old used eyeglasses and processes those collected by the many individual Lions Clubs.
The Acton/Shapleigh Lions Club has also provided $200 to the local food pantries of both towns for the holidays. Funds are raised at the pancake breakfasts which are held at the Acton Town Hall on the first Saturday of each month. Thank you all for the support of the Lions so that we can serve the communities in which we live. FMI on how to become a Lion call Joan Dyer at 636-2615.
If you are an older resident of Acton or Shapleigh and would like to join the company of other folks your age for fun, food, and fellowship a couple times a month you may wish to consider joining the OWLS. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. The first meeting is a luncheon at 12 noon at the Acton Town Hall. A $4.00 donation is requested. The second meeting is at the same location but is for coffee and donuts at 1 pm.
Some examples of OWLS events of the past couple years have been a bus and train foliage trip with a full turkey meal served on the train ride. A lobster and clam bake at Great East Lake in Acton.
The Acton/Shapleigh Historical Society located at 122 Emery Mills Road opened its doors on Wednesday,
October 24, 2012 to welcome the members of the older er Liberated Seniors (OWLS). Guests were
served popcorn, cider donuts, several varieties of cookies, coffee and cider for refreshments during the
gathering. Dick Neal, a member of the Acton/Shapleigh Historical Society (ASHS), extolled the benefits of
the ASHS in preserving many of the artifacts and old records of both towns in a structure which was a one
room schoolhouse in actual use until the 1950's. The Town gave the building to the ASHS when it was fir
st formed in 1964. Since that time several historical books have been published, many artifacts have
been donated for the museum, over 100 years of town reports have been gathered from each town,
photos have been found, framed and are hanging on the walls.
Notebooks full of information
about various Shapleigh families are on the shelves. The building itself has been improved and
maintained by the societysince its formation. The classroom is the meeting room, there is a kitchen,
bathroom, and a storage room,
the latter having been built onto the original schoolhouse years ago. A future project will be to relocate
the bathroom which currently is accessed by going through the kitchen and down a step. The proposed
location will be much more appropriate and safer to access. There are many gifts to the society which a
re stored in the back room awaiting to be cataloged and placed on display. The ASHS is a great
beginning for persons tracing their roots.
ACTON/SHAPLEIGH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
During the winter months the Society's building is closed but will reopen in the spring. If you are interested
in the history of Acton and Shapleigh please consider joining this organization to assist in preserving our
heritage. The ASHS is always looking for new members to help it to grow and promote interest in the
historical aspects of the two towns. Originally they were all one town but in1830 the west parish broke off
from the east parish to form two separate towns.
Fundraisers during the year consist of Kitty-Whist which is played weekly during the summer months and
is very well attended. A calendar raffle and the sale of historical publications also enhances the treasury.
The voters of both the towns of Acton and Shapleigh in recent years have approved an appropriation of
$1,000 towards the maintenance of the building and programs of the Society.
FMI please visit the internet.
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