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Deputy Daniel Shaw is the newly selected Contract Deputy who will be serving both the Towns of Shapleigh and Acton. The Board of Selectmen is having a “Meet and Greet” hour at the Town Hall on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 6:00 pm so that residents can be introduced to the new law enforcement officer. Under the terms of the contract Deputy Shaw will be covering the Towns of Shapleigh and Acton for 40 hours weekly. The cruiser is being provided by the Sheriff's Department and will be dedicated to the use in both towns only.

Office space will be provided in the Shapleigh Town Hall for the new Contract Deputy who will then be able to schedule times for Shapleigh persons to come and talk with him about any issues of concern to them. First day of service to Shapleigh and Acton will be Monday, January 7, 2013.


The Saco River Corridor Commission (SRCC) administers the Saco River Corridor Act, which was established by the legislature in 1973. Through the Act, the Commission helps oversee land use development within 500 to 1,000 feet of the Saco, Ossipee, Little Ossipee Rivers, the Little Ossipee Flowage, and Balch Lake. The Commission is made up of representatives from twenty communities bordering these water bodies. Each of the twenty municipalities has an obligation and opportunity to be represented by one regular and one alternate member who are appointed by the Selectmen or Mayor.

The Town of Shapleigh was fortunate to have had Richard Jackson as its voice in the Commission. However, since Jacksons resignation recently his seat is vacant. Also, the alternate seat is vacant. Anyone interested in obtaining more information about how to represent Shapleigh through this Commission should contact the Commission Staff and we will explain the town's role and the individual's role as well. In a practical sense, being on the Commission gives the Town of Shapleigh an opportunity to participate in the present and future development patterns throughout the entire corridor from Fryeburg to Saco. The Commission looks at land use issues, water quality and conservation issues covering a wide range of topics during the year.

The SRCC is pleased to report that it will be finishing our twelfth successful season of the Saco River Basin Water Quality Monitoring Program during October, 2012. Currently, there are over

18 volunteers monitoring for dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity, temperature, total Kjeldahl nitrogen, total phosphorus, orthophosphate, and Escherichia soli. SRCC also does macro invertebrate testing and conductivity testing at many sites within the corridor. SRCC's testing takes place on a hi-weekly schedule along the Saco, Ossipee, and Little Ossipee Rivers at thirty-five different locations during the months of May through October. All of the information relating to the past eleven years of the Commission's monitoring program can be found on its website located at www.srcc-maine.org.

Shapleigh residents interested in obtaining additional information about the Saco River Corridor Commission's work or for a copy of the water quality monitoring information should feel free to call Dennis J. Finn, the Commission's Executive Director. The Commission office is located at 8 l Maple Street in Cornish, Maine (Telephone 207-625- 8123) and can be found on the web at www.srcc-maine.org.


Peter Cutrer has been appointed by the Board of Selectmen as Shapleigh's Rescue Chief of Service for a term of two years. Cutrer has been serving in that position since August of 2012 to fill in a vacancy which existed at that time. Many positive changes are underway and to continue in this direction seemed to be in the best interest of the town. Natasha Kinney continues to serve and perform her duties as Assistant Chief of Rescue.


A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 7 pm at the Town Hall concerning amendments to the following Chapters in the Zoning Ordinance:

  • Sec 105-4 Non-conformance;

  • Sec105-19 Notes to Table on Dimensional Requirements;

  • Sec 105-47 Signs and Billboards

  • Sec 105-51 Clearing or removal of vegetation for activities other than timber harvesting;

  • Sec105-60.1 Private ways; and

  • Repeal of Sex 105-44 Piers, docks and other shoreland construction

For more information or to get copies of the proposed amendments, please contact Barbara at 636-2843 ext. 404.


A new copier has been purchased by the Board of Selectmen to improve the efficiency of copying documents at the Town Hall. The current copier will be placed in the Town Clerk/Tax Collector's office to facilitate her work. Also another fax machine has been bought specifically for use in the Town Clerk/Tax Collector's office. Previously both of these items were located in other offices and required the TC/TC to leave her office and go down the hall to retrieve faxes related to proof of insurance when folks were registering their vehicles. Often it took several such trips before the fax was actually received. The new equipment will help make more efficient use of her time and also better serve her customers.


Universal Recycling Technologies has sent a certificate of Recycling to the Town of Shapleigh indicating that the shipment of materials were recycled in accordance with all applicable Federal, State and Local Regulations. Items included covered televisions, monitors, fluorescent Lamps Circle Lamps, Alkaline Battery Recycling, NiCD, Dry Batteries, Lead Acid Batteries, and Non-PCB Ballasts.


Employees of the Sanford Institution for Savings informed the Board of Selectmen that as part of their holiday wishes to the Town of Shapleigh this year they have made a donation to the York County Shelter Food Pantry on the Town's behalf. This holiday season especially, they felt that reaching out with a gift of support to a worthy organization was the best way of celebrating our business partnership.


The time of Sunday morning worship at the First Baptist Church at 600 Shapleigh Corner Rd starting on January 6, 2013 has been changed to 10:45 am rather than at the previous time of 11:00 am. This for a trial period of three months, after which it will be evaluated..

A full choir of all ages under the direction of Connie Lee Bosse performed at the December 15, 2012 worship service. It was truly a spectacular performance which lent much to the holiday season.

The Deacons of the First Baptist Church of this year passed out baskets of cheer to the widows in the congregation. The red and green woven baskets were filled with fresh oranges, apples, bananas and pears, a variety of chocolate, candy canes, and a book of daily scripture lessons. All recipients were most pleased with the expression of caring expressed by this deed.

Shapleigh is truly blessed with many folks, postal workers, businesses, and clubs which make donations of cash, gift cards, food and personal items to the Shapleigh Food Pantry not only at Thanksgiving and Christmas but also throughout the entire year. Administered by the First Baptist Church, the Food Pantry is open on Wednesday nights from 6 pm to 7 pm at the lower level of the church which is accessed by the driveway. Deacons are available to provide needy townspeople with food, etc. FMI call 636-1662.