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Newsletter- June 10, 2024

You may view the monthly newsletter here  June 10, 2024 Newsletter

Results for June 11, 2024 State Primary & RSU #57 Budget Validation

Total Ballots Cast : 166

State Primary Results CLICK HERE

School Budget Validation Results CLICK HERE

License Plate Reissue

The State of Maine will be replacing its standard-issue Chickadee Plate with a new design. Starting in May 2025, the State will issue a new plate featuring a rendition of the 1901 Maine flag with a pine tree and blue star.

On May 31st, The State of Maine mailed postcards to anyone with vanity or low digit plate numbers informing them on how they can reserve their current plate number.

For anyone else interested in reserving their current plate number, please see the application linked down below. Paper copies will also be provided at Town Hall if needed. 

Application to Reserve a Plate Number


Annual Assessing work to begin 4/23/24

The Town Assessors will be out in the field this week updating properties that have either taken out a building permit in the past year or checking on progress of permits from the previous year.
The assessors each have a signed letter from the Town stating who they are.

These are the vehicles you can expect to see around town as well as their plate #'s:
ME 1185 YL Khaki 2016 Subaru Crosstrek
ME 3643 ZL Gray 2015 Toyota Rav4
ME 2491 ZF Green 2016 Ford Fusion
ME 424-AWG Gray 2017 Honda Accord
ME 6629 WL Black 2014 Honda Accord


The Town of Shapleigh needs involved citizens for the following boards and committees:

  • Board of Assessment Review
  • Capital Improvement Committee
  • Comprehensive Plan Committee
  • Community Day Committee
  • Recreation Committee
  • Saco River Corridor Commission 
  • Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate
You do not need to have experience in any field to fill these vacancies, just the willingness to learn and work together with your committee members and the taxpayers!

If you are interested or need more information, please fill out a form of interest and contact the Town Administrator

Spirit of America Tribute Award 2023

Shapleigh Election Workers were nominated for the Spirit of America Tribute Foundation Award for 2023.
Shown here are election workers, Eileen Mageary, Doris Brown, Else Cook, Donna Morton, Brenda Goodwin,
and Nancy Small accepting their award from County Commissioner Robert Andrews at a Special Ceremony
held at the York County Government Building for Award Recipients of York County on November 15, 2023

Shapleigh election workers Spirit of America Award

10-17-23 Public Hearing Summary

We apologize for the audio not working on last night's streaming of the public hearing on a proposed Firearms ordinance. 
We found the problem to be a disconnected wire which has since been remedied, unfortunately we can not get that audio back.

Attached here is a summary of the hearing.


The Shapleigh Fire Department has suggested that seasonal residents install key vaults or knox box systems so that the Fire Department
can obtain access to your home if an alarm is activated while you are away.  This is also a useful tool for elderly residents or those with serious health conditions
in the case where emergency medical access is needed.  For more information, please reach out to the Fire Chief at or call the station and
leave a message for a return call.  207-636-2211  Also, if you have an alarm system in your home/business please fill out the Site information form found here and return it to
Sanford Regional Communications.

Property Tax Stabilization program update

Property Tax Stabilization for Senior Citizens, also known as the Property Tax Stabilization Program (the “Program”), is a State program that allowed certain senior-citizen residents to stabilize, or freeze, the property taxes on their homestead. As a result of recent changes in the law, the Tax Stabilization Program will only apply to the property tax year  2023. However, this same legislation has expanded the eligibility thresholds for participation in the Property Tax Deferral Program and increased the maximum benefit available under the Property Tax Fairness Credit for those age 65 and older.


Shapleigh Fire and Rescue are requesting your help!
PLEASE make sure you have visible house numbers with contrasting colors.
that can be easily read, especially in the dark.
PLEASE have your house number on BOTH sides of your mailbox, if you have a mailbox,
and make sure that numbers have not worn off.
This will help reduce response time and allow the responders to find you in case of an emergency.

Invasive Plant Species found in Mousam Lake

Invasive Aquatic Plant Update promised for Sunday evening:
MLRA Team Members have been out surveying parts the lake today with a resident expert. The areas surveyed include Katos Nose Cove, Pump Brook, Ash Cove, the westside shoreline from Ave D to the MLRA Beach at the foot of the lake, and also the two coves across from Ash cove where the plant was originally found floating. In lower Mousam we surveyed from Roger’s Bridge on the left side about ½ way to the public boat launch.
Our findings so far: One plant was found and removed on the shoreline of Ave C, another plant found around 10th street and we found a large concentration of Utricularia Inflata (Swollen Bladderwort) in Ash Cove. As Ash Cove is heavily populated with this invasive plant, this appears to be the point of origin.
Invasive Plant Expert, Dennis Roberge, and the MLRA will be contacting the State and the Lake Stewards of Maine for instructions and guidance on how to move forward with addressing this issue. Utricularia Inflata (swollen bladderwort) is a plant that floats and is often quite long with its “root” structure getting caught on the bottom of the lake and thus holding it in place.
We ask that you not attempt to remove this plant (unless you find it totally free-floating) until after we hear from the State of ME as we do not want to make this problem worse. (it fragments easily and can spread quicker without proper handling)
Boating - please stay out of Ash Cove and if you live in Ash Cove, please limit your boating activities. Stay clear of all vegetation at this time. We must try to prevent the plants from being fragmented and distributed more widely.
We will add more info as it becomes available. Please report any plant findings to general@mousamlake.org353009325_623965443097713_6157722675974807226_n

Town Clerk Retires after over 37 years of Service

Town Clerk/Tax Collector, Joanne Rankin, has retired after over 37 years of service to the Town of Shapleigh.
A retirement celebration was held at the Shapleigh Baptist Church on Saturday June 17th that was well attended
by the community.  We wish her well in her retirement and are thankful to have Kayla Moulton, who was appointed
to fill the position, begin her official duties as Town Clerk on Tuesday June 20th.

Community Resources Page

Please visit the community resource page for links to services in the area

Mousam Lake Watershed Protection Project-Stormwater run off mitigation

Mousam Lake Watershed Protection Project: <--- Click here to see more information on the watershed protection efforts planned for the Mousam Lake Watershed.

What is stormwater run-off, what threats does it pose to our lakes and streams?  Please see the video below


Live Stream Board of Selectmen's Meeting

The Board of Selectmen's meetings can now be streamed live via Town Hall Streams.  You can also view previous meetings.

New Veterans Property Tax Credit

A new disabled veteran benefit was enacted earlier this year through LD1986.  This is an additional benefit under the Property Tax Fairness Credit (36 M.R.S. § 5219-KK), which is an income tax credit handled by the Income Tax Division of Maine Revenue Services.  The credit is based on a veteran’s property tax, but it is claimed on the taxpayer’s Form 1040ME.  Here is the web page describing the credit:


Any specific questions about the program should be directed to the Income Tax Division at 207-626-8475 or

Medical Alert Buttons!

A Request from the Rescue Squad:
If you or a family member own a medical alert button, please update all the information with the company that services it.
This makes dispatching and responding to calls when the button is activated much more efficient.