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YOU ARE INVITED...

To meet the new contract deputy who has been assigned to cover Shapleigh and Acton as a result of a recent contract signed by the Selectmen in each town. Deputy Daniel Shaw will have a start date of January 7, 2013, providing 40 hours a week between both towns. Shaw was selected by Sheriff Ouellette from several candidates, all of whom had been interviewed by Shapleigh Selectmen Michael Perro and Mark Cobb and one Acton Selectmen and one Acton Commitee member at a meeting with Sheriff Ouellette and Chief Deputy William King.


Shapleigh Selectmen will be holding an Open House on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 6 pm at Shapleigh Town Hall to give residents an opportunity to meet Deputy Shaw.


Plans are being made to establish office space for Deputy Shaw at the Town Hall so that he can have a place to work out of and to meet with constituents when he is not patrolling the area.


THE MITTEN LADY


Marie Quale of Owls Nest Road has once again this year provided hand knit mittens of all sizes for children's use at the Shapleigh Memorial School. There are cold days when pupils may have forgotten their mittens or gloves at home or some who actually have no mittens at all who will benefit from this gift. In addition, Mrs. Quale has supplied new socks in case anyone gets wet feet and needs to change into something dry. These items are a gift of caring and sharing.


Residents, business owners, private individuals and various organizations have been most generous during the year in supplying food and funds for the Shapleigh Food Pantry to assist residents in need. Thank you one and all.


HOLIDAY GIFT


All owners of improved property (with structures) will be receiving in the mail shortly an ultra pink colored post card which entitles them to a FREE demo load when using the Transfer Station during the years 2013 and 2014. This would include any items which are disposed of at the lower level of the Transfer Station which would ordinarily result in a fee being charged. Recipients are encouraged to keep the card in the glove compartment of the vehicle which would be used to avoid the loss of the card during this 24 month period.


CUSTODIAN NEEDED


Anyone interested in providing custodial service for the Town Hall and Library once a week is encouraged to fill out an application form available at the Town Hall. Call Executive Secretary Karla Bergeron at 636-2843 ext 401 for more information.


YEAR END


This is busy time of year at Town Hall with the Budget Committee meeting each Wednesday evening to interview department heads regarding their proposed budgets for the 2013 year, the Selectmen working on the General Government Budget, preparation of the annual town report, the warrant for the annual town meeting to be held on March 8, 2013.


The year of 2012 has come and gone in the wink of an eye and we are about to begin another which will probably pass as rapidly as did the current year.


January

The new Sand/Salt Facility is substantially complete with some ground work to be completed in the spring.

The audit of the Town's financial records was performed by Cummings, Lamont & Associates.

February

The Town changed vendors for propane which resulted in substantial savings to the taxpayers.

March

The annual town election and town meeting were held. Mark R. Cobb was the successful candidate for Selectman, besting Charles Mullins who had just completed one three year term..

Members were appointed to the Williams' Property Advisory Committee.

The Selectmen met with RSU's Superintendent and Business Manager regarding the budget for 2012-2013.


April

Town policies currently under their annual review by the Board of Selectmen.

New benches were purchased and installed at Shapleigh Commons. The old benches will be refurbished and placed on the Town Williams property so that folks can sit and relax and enjoy their solitude amidst nature.

May

The new ambulance has been delivered and is in service.

Speed humps were purchased and installed at the Transfer Station to slow down excessive speed. These can be removed during the winter months so as not to interfere with plowing.


June

Hazardous Waste Day was held at the site of the Salt/Sand Storage facility because it afforded more adequate space for the operation. The Town of Alfred joined with Shapleigh to provide this service to the residents. Eighty-six vehicles from Shapleigh and Alfred had 109 participate.

The bid for the additional work needed at Shapleigh Commons was granted to C&D Landscaping.

July

The Recreation Committee had plenty of fun scheduled for families and children throughout the summer months. Some of those were Mad Science Camp, bowling, movie night at Smitty's, Funtown,GPS class. Throughout the year in season basketball, soccer teams _________________

The annual Shapleigh Community Day was held on the third weekend of July and featured its first ever parade. The Fire Dept. prepared a supper for the general public the night before at the First Baptist Church. After supper folks gathered on the “Village Green” for a blue grass concert. Next morning the booths were set up at the Commons and events of the day took place.

The weather was great and it turned out to be successful event.

Several tax-acquired properties were auctioned off with Attorney Brad Morin acting as auctioneer. Total sales amounted to $40,900.00.


August

The Board of Selectmen/Assessors set the tax rate at $9.30 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation, an increase of thirty cents over the previous year.

The Back Road project from Shapleigh Corner to the Lambert property consisted of grinding the existing pavement in place for a base before paving the overall project.

Peter Cutrer was appointed as Chief-of-Rescue through December 32, 2012 to fill a vacancy resulting from a resignation. Natasha Kinney is serving as Deputy Chief.


September

A portion of the Hooper property adjacent to the Town Hall will be offered for sale which will include the buildings and a house lot. The Town will be retaining the remaining vacant acreage for a future capital project.


October

Contract was signed with C & D Landscaping for plowing snow from the several town parking lots and the Transfer Station.


November

Optical scanners were used for the first time for counting the ballots at the Presidential election and State referendum. The Town has accepted a five year lease agreement for the equipment from the State of Maine. Its use eliminated many hours of counting ballots by hand as has been the custom for years with the counters working well into the morning hours. Fourteen hundred and sixty-nine voters cast their ballots. In the Presidential race Barack Obama received 720 votes as opposed to Mit Romney at 693.This year everything was completed before 11 pm.


Lee Burnette of Forest Works met with the Board of Selectmen to give them a power point presentation on this working forest conservation initiative for landowners and towns in western York County.


Stockpiling was completed by both the Northern and Southern District Road Commissioners in preparation of the coming winter.


December

The Salt/Sand Storage Facility has been in use already for several storms which left the roads covered in ice.

Residents who wish to get a couple pails of winter sand this winter may do so by using the old and pile adjacent to the Transfer Station.

Throughout the year the Selectmen attended the monthly meetings of the 12 Town Group which meets on the third Monday of each month at the Waterboro Town Hall.

The Sanford and Shapleigh Dam Coalition met alternately at Shapleigh Town Hall and Sanford Town Hall for its quarterly meetings.