This column is for July 12, 2012.
The Urban/Rural Initiative
Program (URIP) operated by the Maine Dept. of Transportation, Community
Services Division, has had a $700,000 decrease over last year as the result of
the Legislature decreasing the MaineDOT’s Highway Budget.
Shapleigh will receive $70,188
for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012 and running through June 30, 2013 in
quarterly installments of $17,547 (September and December 2012 and March and
The Board of Selectmen must
certify annually to MaineDOT that the URIP funds will be spent only for Capital
Improvements on public roads. A list of
the capital improvements completed the previous year must accompany the
Beginning in 2001,
municipalities receive a percentage of MaineDOT’s portion of the Highway Fund
(about 9.6%) rather than the flat rate of$600 per lane-mile.
This form of State assistance
started out as a “Block Grant” and has changed names over the succeeding
years. Notification has been given by MaineDOT
that next year the name URIP will return to its former name “LRAP” (Local Road
Clubs, political candidates,
families, bikers, etc. or anyone interested in being part of the Community Day
Parade on Saturday, July 21, 2012 should contact Bill or Eileen Mageary as soon
as possible at (207)636-1357.
Questions about any other
aspects of Community Day should be directed to Jennifer Roux at (207)324-8605.
Congratulations to the residents
of Shapleigh who graduated from Massabesic High School during the ceremony held
in June. Kathryn Abbott, Rachel Beyea,
Chelsey Bourque, Morgan Cloutier, Lindsay Decker, Christopher Desruisseaux,
Ryan Dodge, Carolin Ernst, Kayla Goodwin, Kevin Hutchins, Jessica Jackman,
Andrew Kennedy, Shelby Klimas, Jennifer Krause, Ayla LaChapelle, Kaleb Lemay,
Ashley Lesperance, Austin Long, Amber MacGregor, Matthew Magabanua, Emily McGrath,
Lucas McKenna, Nathaniel Mercier, James Moulton, Brandon Normand, Julianne
Ouellette, Amanda Parker, Tasha Rodrigue, Vivan Sawtelle, Ryan Signore, Beth
Tanguay, Ryann Taylor, Thomas Theriault, and Kelly Wayne.
Best wishes to all of you in your future
Eighty-one thousand dollars in
scholarship funds were awarded to Massabesic High School graduates who are
continuing their education. Ten percent
of that amount went to the following Shapleigh graduates:
Rachel Beyea, Sanford
Institution for Savings Scholarship $1,000.
Lindsay Decker, Nancy R.
Cortright Memorial Scholarship $250 and Wilma Thyng Memorial Scholarship $350.
Ryan Dodge, Shapleigh Community
Day Scholarship $100; Roswell Abbott Family Memorial Scholarship $200; Clifford
& Bernard K. Holdsworth Scholarship $1,000; Sanford-Springvale Rotary Club
Kevin Hutchens, Shapleigh
Community Day Scholarship $100; Emily Ferguson Scholarship $200; and Lloyd &
Mildred Hooper and daughter Jane Hilton Memorial Scholarship $200.
Amanda Parker, York County Patrol
Association Scholarship $500; Sanford Institute for Savings Scholarship $1,000.
Vivan Sawtelle, Clifford &
Bernard K. Holdsworth Scholarship $1,000.
The Board of Selectmen has
received the monthly report from Librarian Gene Smith comparing activity for the
month of June 2012 with that of June 2011.
Fiction 364 375
Non-fiction 38 31
Juvenile/Young Adult 200 232
Renewals 3 3
Videos 76 129
Periodicals 7 6
Fines $117.70 $21.30
New Patrons 4 2
Patrons (Adult) 292 300
Patrons (Juv/YA) 59 62
Patrons (Total) 351 362
The Shapleigh Community Library is
now featuring an original display of ceramic masks loaned to the library by Shapleigh
resident Kay Meyerhoff and her daughter, makers of the masks. Do take time when stopping to select your
books for reading to see this unusual exhibit. The hours of operation during the summer months are Tuesday 3 pm – 8 pm;
Thursday 10 am – 2 pm and 6 pm – 8 pm; Saturday 9 am – 12 noon. FMI call 636-3630 during those hours.
ANY DEER PERMIT
Shapleigh Town Clerk has
announced that applications are now being accepted for the Any-Deer Permit or the
Landowner Permit. FMI call 636-2843 ext 413 or 415. The deadline for filing a 2012 Maine Any-Deer
Permit Application in person or by mail is July 27, 2012. Those persons applying online have until August
15, 2012 to do so. Landowners without a
hunting license may not apply online.
There are 34,160 permits available
throughout the entire State of Maine. Out
of thirteen Wildlife Management Districts (WMDs) applicants may choose up to
three. No more than 15% of regular permits in any WMD will be awarded to
In some WMDs there may be more
any-deer permits available than applicants. Unclaimed permits (bonus deer
permits) will be allocated in a chance drawing until all permits in that
district have been issued. The fee for a
bonus deer permit is $12 if selected. Permittees
will be selected by a computerized random drawing on September 7, 2012. Winners names and permit numbers will be
posted only on the web site www.mefishwildlife.com
HAZARDOUS WASTE DAY
The combined effort of Shapleigh
and Alfred to collect hazardous wastes that persons had in their garages,
homes, and elsewhere yielded a bonanza of materials which have now been taken
and disposed of properly. Under the
supervision of Clean Harbors, the event went rather smoothly, having been held
at the salt/sand facility parcel where setting up on pavement was much more
efficient than on a gravel surface as it would have been at the Transfer
Station site where it had been originally scheduled. Each time the event is scheduled the
Selectmen learn better ways to do it next time. The volume of HZ waste received would certainly seem to indicate that
this should be done on a more frequent basis. It had been five years since the last such event.
A large majority of the
materials brought were gallon paint cans. Anyone with cans containing paint can leave them open and let the paint
dry up and then it is not considered hazardous and can be brought to the Transfer
Station during regular hours of operation throughout the year. Used crankcase oil is accepted at the Transfer Station on a regular
basis so need not be stored for a HZ Waste Day. See the attendants at the lower recycling level of the facility.
Businesses should have a
prescribed method of getting rid of their HZ wastes as a matter of course since
this is primarily for residential HZ wastes. An Alfred business owner brought in enough material to count as 17 vehicles and
caused the quota to be reached early on. The method Clean Harbors utilizes to compute the cost to the municipalities is $25 for each 5 gallons of liquid or 10 pounds of solids. Shapleigh had 86 vehicles equalling 248 units and Alfred had 109 vehicles generating about 572 units. Both Shapleigh and Alfred Selectmen had to raise their quotas during the course of
the day because of the extra large volume of HZ waste delivered. Lines extended north on Route 11 and moved
rather slowly because of the seriousness of the handling of these materials. The Selectmen would like to thank those who
took the time and had the patience to participate in this “Green” event.
The article regarding tax-acquired
property which the Town will be auctioning off had an erroneous listing of 6
Silver Lake Road. This is private property
with a dwelling on it and not the intended sale parcel. Shapleigh Tax Map 12 Lot 30-6 is the
tax-acquired vacant parcel, one of the several lots in the Silverwood Subdivision,
located on Silver Lake Road. There is no street number because there are no
buildings on the lot. Please excuse the
A Building Code Effectiveness
Grading Schedule (BCEGS) has been received by the Board of Selectmen from the
Insurance Services Office (ISO). After
an analysis of the building codes adopted by the Town of Shapleigh and the
efforts put forth to properly enforce those codes, the resulting Building Code
Effectiveness Grading Classification is 5 for 1 and 2 family residential
property and 5 for commercial and industrial property.
The ISO is an insurer-supported organization
with the primary mission of providing advisory insurance underwriting and
rating information to insurers. There is
no requirement that insurers use ISO’s advisory material. Insurers may have adopted an ISO rating
insurance rating program that will provide rating credits to property insurance
policies in recognition of community efforts to mitigate property damage due to
DID YOU KNOW……
That Shapleigh Town Hall is
located at 43.539527 degrees North latitude and -70.846191 East Longitude? Shapleigh, when compared to many other parts
of the country, is at very low risk for earthquakes and most of the natural
hazards of tornadoes and hurricanes.
When the Town Clerk is not open,
persons who need to obtain milfoyle stickers to put on their boats before
entering Maine waters may try Beadle’s Bait Shop located at 146 Emery Mills
Road (Route 109) next to Fleming’s motorcycle business. Tel. no. (207) 636-3590.
Sincere condolences to the
family of Mary Alice (Mason) Desclos who passed away recently.