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12.13.2012 news column



GENERATOR


Shapleigh Emergency Management Agency Director attended the Board of Selectmen's meeting on Tuesday, November 27, 20102 to inquire what is being done with the generator previously used by the Fire Department now that it has been replaced with a new Generac computer. The new one runs on propane is better meets the needs of the public safety agency. The old generator had to be checked on frequently to be sure the gas which fueled the generator was still of adequate supply to keep it running for power to the building. The Generac is automatic and relieves the Fire Chief or one of his appointees from going to and from the building when their services were unnecessary at that time.


Abbott indicated that he had submitted a price to purchase a new generator for use of his EMA department in assisting townspeople in need during bad storms. However, if he could have this one transferred from the Fire Dept. to Shapleigh EMA that amount could be eliminated from his budget.


MERC-CASELLA


Michael S. Perro has been meeting in Kennebunk with other representatives of several towns which have contracts with Maine Energy Recovery Company. The relationship between Biddeford and MERC has come to a point where a renegotiated contract was required for the other municpalities which have been serviced to MERC. Perro had represented the Town of Shapleigh on the negotiation committee back several years ago when the first negotiations took place.


  1. Selectmen Michael S. Perro, Mark R. Cobb and Ruth S. Ham discussed the new proposal and voted to accept those provisions. The result of the Board's vote was relayed to Kennebunk Town Manager Barry Tibbetts and the other members of the committee dealing directly with MERC officials and their Attorney Marilyn Mistretta. When the final agreement terms are incorporated into it, probably mid-December, the participating towns municipalities can vote at the local Board level.


FOREST WORKS


Lee Burnett of Forest Works met with the Board of Selectmen to give a power point presentation regarding the project.


A working Forest conservation initiative for landowners and towns in ten towns extending from Sanford to Cornish, Forest Works is there for landowners and towns in western York County. The purpose is to keep the woods of western York County as a working forest by educating willing land owners and towns about all available tools to do so. The tools include landowner assistance programs, tax incentives, professional advice on best forestry practices and conservation easements, A conservation easement is a legal agreement that allows woodland owners to retain ownership and manage their property while ensuring that future generations will enjoy the benefits of:

  • Clean Water

  • Biodiversity

  • Wildlife

  • Rural Character


Steve Burnett has been meeting with various groups and town officials within the ten town region to apprise them of the benefits of Forest Works. Shapleigh has over 500 acres in a managed town forest. Initially back in the 1960's when the Town Forest was first formed from the land which had been the Town farm for indigent residents, there were far less acres. Over time, the Trustees of the Town Forest have hired foresters, managed harvesting projects and generated income which has been put in a dedicated fund which has been used to purchase additional land to add to the Town Forest. The funds also have been used to provide scholarships for Shapleigh graduating students from high school who plan to further their education in any fields that are related to forestry activities, such as wildlife biology, forestry conservation, etc. Maintenance costs for the Shapleigh Town Beach on Square Pond are also used from Town Forest funds since that area was also part of the original Town Farm.

Shapleigh is well known for its successful Town Forest which does much to help Shapleigh maintain its rural character. In recent years the townspeople voted to place the Town Forest land in the Three Rivers Land Trust.


FMI information regarding Forest Works contact Lee Burnett, forestworksme@gmail.com or 207-324-1596.


DON'T DIG YOURSELF INTO TROUBLE


The Board of Selectmen has received notification from Dig Safe of the Managing Underground Safety Training (MUST) committees currently planning for their popular breakfast training classes throughout New England. Anticipated to be held during February and/or March 2013, these sessions provide experts who know what to do in the event of utility damage, provide an overview of the Dig Safe law. Attendees also hear from our state regulators, see utility marking examples, and get tips on how to pre-mark the scope of an excavation.


Digging is dangerous and costly if you don't know where underground facilities are buried. Utility accidents are harmful to life, property and the environment. They also disrupt vital utility services, cause work delays, expensive repairs, liability for damages, and civil penalties. Damage prevention is everyone's responsibility. Whether you are a contractor excavating for a large project or a homeowner installing a mailbox, anyone who conducts earthmoving activities should contact Dig Safe before starting. This is a FREE service, funded entirely by Dig Safe;s member utility companies.


Dig Safe is the communication link between excavators and member utilities established for the common goal of damage prevention. Many of us have heard the following: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” or “A stitch in time saves nine.” It is true that it is always far less costly to do it right the first time. Dig Safe when called about your project notifies all member utility companies who own buried facilities in the area of excavation. Those companies use spray paint of small white flags to mark the location of the lines. Callers are given a permit number as proof of notification. Not only is the service free but also the telephone call is free (811).


CONDITIONAL USE APPROVED


Members of the Planning Board at a regular meeting held at the Town Hall on Tuesday, September 27, 2012 acted on a conditional use application from Amanda Rizner, DVM to operate a small animal veterinary practice 14 Newfield Rd, property owned by Ann Cutten, owner of the property. The new veterinary practice which will include exams,surgeries, dentistry, pharmacy & laboratory, as well as chiropractic , laser therapy, breeder services, and acupuncture received a “thumbs up” from the Planning Board.


Conditions approved include hours of operation, medical refuse being removed by a licensed contractor and a copy of the contract being given to the Code Enforcement Officer prior to operation and copies of all required State approvals for the operation of the small animal practice given to the CEO within 30 days of opening the practice.


GROWTH PERMIT


A Residential Growth Permit (06-12) has been issued to Cadbury Homes, Inc for Tax Map 2 Lot 49. Residential Growth Permitees have only 90 days from the date of the approval letter to obtain a Building Permit. A Growth Permit does not automatically guarantee a Building Permit (BP) will be issued.. An application for a Building Permit and an appointment with the Code Enforcement Officer will enlighten the applicant regarding rules, regulations, and setback requirements as outlined in the Shapleigh Zoning Ordinance as well as other documents which must be provided with the BP application.


TRANSFER STATION


Transfer Station receipts for items disposed of at the lower level of the facility during the month of November amounted to $1,300.00. Weekends are generally when a large majority of the items are brought for disposal, Saturday being the predominant day. These funds are used to offset the amount of revenue that needs to be raised and appropriated for Solid Waste Disposal..


TEA TIME


Saturday, December 8, 2012 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am the Acton Public Library will be hosting its annual “Holiday Tea”. The general public is welcome to come and enjoy delicious refreshments and friendly conversation. FMI call Jessica Perks at 206-5962.