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01.03.2013 news column



CORRECTION:


Last week in the article the regarding the pink Demo Cards sent out recently by the Town it was listed in error that “this free load can include any items that are disposed of at the lower level of the transfer station that would ordinarily result in a fee being charged.” It should have indicated that this free load can include demo debris only. Televisions, air conditioners, fluorescent lamps, batteries are considered to be special wastes and are not included in the “demo” category.”


WINTER HAS ARRIVED...


and along with it there are certain requirements regarding the fact that nobody is allowed to push or snow blow into the traveled town ways nor park vehicles on the roadsides where they would interfere with the road commissioners plowing snow. Vehicles obstructing plows are subject to towing at the owner's expense. Any obstructions, such as mail boxes, located within the town right-of-way, are there at the owner's risk. The right-of-ways are either 1 rod (16.5 feet); two rods (33 feet) or 3 rods (49.5 feet) which is generally greater than the paved section of the road.


CODE ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY.


Permits issued recently by the Code Enforcement Officer include the following:


  1. Timothy Burgess, Map 4 Lot 7, Back Rd, frame a 28x28 single story garage on existing foundation, truss designs to be submitted prior to installation;

  2. Gerald Richard, Map 32 Lot 8, Dahlia Rd, Square Pond, cut one large pine, root system to remain in place, 3 trees to be replanted and maintained;

  3. Barbara Brady, Map 28 Lot 1, 17th St, Lower Mousam, remove existing roof system on water side off structure and rebuild per plan, 30% expansion used up with this permit, detailed frame plans to follow after exploratory demo;

  4. Stephanie Perro, Map 2 Lot 49, place a 26x48 ranch style home on daylight basement;


  1. Barry Mullen, Map 69 Lot A-1, Ross Corner Rd, add a12x7 enclosed entry.


The total declared value of of all the above listed projects is $208,000.00.


REGISTRATION


In the State of Maine dog licenses for 2013 were due by December 31, 2012. Town Clerk Joanne Rankin has indicated that after January 31, 2013 a late fee will be an added $25 penalty fee. The license fees are Male/Female $11.00; Neutered/Spayed $6.00.


Snowmobile registrations are available with the following fees: Resident $40.00; Non-resident $88.00 plus the agent fee.


POST OFFICE


The Postal Service has established a review process for certain Post Offices known as the POST

Plan. The Shapleigh Post Office was among the offices evaluated under the POST Plan criteria. The Post Office is now soliciting community input to determine the best course of action for providing postal services to Shapleigh. The Postal Service will examine the responses and, unless the community has a strong preference (more than 60%) for conducting a discontinuance study for the Shapleigh Post Office and establishing one of several sources of service described below, the Postal Service intends to maintain the Shapleigh Post Office with 6 hours of window service each weekday. Presently the window hours are 7.3 hours each weekday. Currently Saturday window service hours and access to delivery receptacles will not change as a result of the Post Plan realignment of weekly window service hours.

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The Postal Service will hold a meeting at the Shapleigh Post Office at 994 Shapleigh “Corner Road, Shapleigh Maine 04076 on January 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm to answer questions and to provide additional information about the POST Plan. At the meeting local management will share the results of the survey, answer questions, and solicit input regarding the time of day the Post Office will be open. The Postal Service will not make a final decision regarding the Shapleigh Post Office until after the public meeting. This will enable the Post Office to obtain all community input and opinions, both from the surveys and the meeting, before making a final decision.


The Postal Service is also seeking locally established businesses or organizations to serve as a contractor-operator postal retail unit in Shapleigh. Businesses interested in operating a postal retail unit may visit a website for more information. Generally, these contractor-operated postal retail units will operate in combination with a Community's Post Office. However, the selection of the third option in the survey indicates a preference of Shapleigh's Post Office to be studied for discontinuance with the establishment of a contractor-operated unit as a replacement for the Post Office.


CHURCH NEWS


Christmas Sunday, after the morning worship service, the very young and those older ( boys and girls, moms and dads, grandmothers and grandfathers, widows and widowers) enjoyed a lunch in the Holdsworth Room of the First Baptist at Shapleigh Corner piled into 8 vans for their caroling journey. The large contingent of carolers drove about town stopping at the homes of elderly and shut-ins . The blended voices of the all age choir filled the air as they sang numerous carols of the season. The tour also included going to a couple nursing homes in close proximity to Shapleigh,The Lodges and The Oak Street Residential Care Facility.


Reminder for Shapleigh First Baptist Church members, on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. Their will be a special congregational meeting to vote on some proposed changes to Core Documents. There are no proposed changes to the Church Constitution.


The Sunday morning worship service at Shapleigh First Baptist will be changing to 10:45 am as January 6, 2013 which is 15 minutes earlier than the usual 11 am. All are welcome to come and learn the Bible truths. Pastor Jonathan is pastor of the Shapleigh First Baptist Church. Tel: 636-1662.