|January 25, 2013|
01.25.2013 news column
Last week in the Shapleigh news column regarding Rescue Squad it erroneously listed Cassandra Goulet (Smith) as on Leave of Absence (LOA) when it should have been Larry Woods. Also, the meeting night is on the second Thursday of each month not the second Wednesday. Please note the corrections. Thank you.
Robin Cobb of Shapleigh, owner of Nature's Book Prints, currently has a large art exhibit at the Springvale Library where it will show throughout the months of January and February. The exhibit features 27 paintings including s series of ravens and crows on feathers; acrylics on canvas, and water colors. Robin's art is inspired by nature. FMI call 490-1561 or 467-5074. For email email@example.com to find out the hours of operation.
Several months ago Robin had a smaller exhibit at the Shapleigh Town Hall for the public to view. She has also arranged for exhibits of other local artists. Currently at the Town Hall there are beautiful oil
paintings by Artist Edith Belrose and also paintings done in several mediums by Artist Ron Prevoir, both residents of Shapleigh. When doing business at the Town Hall do take time to view the exhibit here.
EASEMENT MONITORING REPORT
Members of the Three Rivers Land Trust monitored the Shapleigh Town Forest 4 times over the year 2012 on March 3, April 21, May 2, and December 28. Each time the Three Rivers members traversed a different area of the forest. Monitor Charles Gruber was accompanied by Anna Desmond in March, by Sunshine Beagle and Reba Coonhound in May, and Madge Baker, Anna Desmond, Nathan Gallant & Crew Noah, Caleb and Isaiah in December. Monitor William Hutchins toured the forest with Charles Gruber, Madge Baker, Anna Desmond and Ralph Ridley in April.
The March 2012 monitoring of the Town Forest included a walk from the Town Beach to the Town Farm Road section of the Town Forest Trail. This area had quite a large number of mature blow downs. There were only about 8-10 logs that intercepted the walk and needed chain sawing. The worst area was at the exit/entrance on the Town Farm Road. It iswas a total jumble that either needs extensive trimming or cutting or a short rerouting to a new exit point. Crossing Square Pond Road they walked the skidder roads through the harvested area. The landscape was dramatically different from the previous year. The land is quite clean looking with minimal scarification. The landing off Cedar Drive looked neat and tidy.
After many false attempts, the direct skidder road to the vernal pool was found. There had been a heavy rainfall the week before so on May 12 the pool was 25% filled. The entrance is now marked with green tape.
In April the monitoring of vegetation management was conducted. Walking the southern most skidder road the extensive clean removal of trees and under story vegetation was noted. The increased light will encourage pine reforestation. A previously unknown vernal pool, completely dry, was visited. The basin is about 100 feet across.
Donning snowshoes, the monitoring group in December walked the old timber harvest skidder road/snowmobile trail the entire length. At the half way point they crossed a stone wall which represented the boundary between the non-harvested stands and the harvested stands. The footprint of one deer was noted.
A public hearing will be held at the Shapleigh Town Hall on January 22 at 7:00 pm regarding an application for a Conditional Use Permit for a Wellness Center for Massage Therapy, Reiki and Various Healing Modalaities at Tax Map 19 Lot 13 (63 Emery Mills Rd). Roger Berube is the owner; Marianne Normand & Colleen Feeney-Dyer are the applicants.
The regular meeting of the Planning Board commences at 7:30 pm following the public hearing. The agenda includes the subject of the public hearing as well as a Conditional Use Permit for Earth Moving in the Shoreland District for a Driveway on Tax Map 27 Lot 13 (130 17th St.) Mousam Lake; William Plante being the applicant.
Shapleigh residents, mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm for a public hearing to be held at the Town Hall by the Board of Selectmen regarding the Pine Tree Waste Inc and Casella Waste Inc Handling Agreement. An article will be included in the warrant for the annual town meeting in March for the voters in town to act on. At the public hearing there will be an explanation offered regarding how Shapleigh's solid waste will be handled now that MERC is out of the picture.
During the month of December the following deeds were received from the York County Registry of Deeds for parcels which had been transferred from the previous owners:
The Board of Selectmen are offering for sale the 2005 Ford E450 Road Rescue Ambulance. The vehicle has approximately 32,000 miles on it. Work has been done on the vehicle, including new turbo and EGR system work. The minimum bid is $15,000 for the ambulance sold “as is”. Anyone interested in viewing the ambulance may do so by appointment only by emailing the Rescue Chief at firstname.lastname@example.org The current Rescue Squad ambulance was delivered earlier this year and this one is no longer needed by the Town of Shapleigh.
Sealed bids will be received until 4:00 pm on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 in the Executive Secretary's office, 22 Back Road, Shapleigh, Maine or by mail at Town of Shapleigh, PO Box 26, Shapleigh ME 04076 in an envelope clearly marked “Ambulance Bid”. The Selectmen will open and read aloud the bids at their meeting at 7:00 pm that evening. The Town reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids or to accept any bid deemed to be I the best interest of the Town.
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