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Town Hall mailing address is PO Box 26, Shapleigh, ME  04076

Physical address is:  22 Back Road, Shapleigh, ME  04076

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The Board of Selectmen release the following information for public information in response to the recent media coverage concerning Shapleigh Fire and Rescue services:

For a clear explanation of calls made by Shapleigh Fire and EMS, please review the following list of total calls for service for 2021:

Shapleigh Fire Department

Motor vehicle accidents with injuries = 6

Motor vehicle accidents with no injuries = 25

Medical assist = 43

Public assist = 9

CO detour activation = 5

Fire alarm activations = 8

Structure fires = 4

Smoke investigations = 4

Car fires = 4

Chimney fires = 4

Outside campfires = 1

Woods fires = 11

Trees and wires down = 17

Water rescue = 1

Hazmat = 4

Station coverage = 11

Welfare check = 1

Mutual aid fire calls = 12

Total calls for service in 2021 = 170

* Of these 170 calls for service, the Fire Department was unable to respond to only one call; this was due to the Fire Department already on scene at a separate Medical Assist call. That missed call was handled through mutual aid.

* Fire Chief Steve Guillemette recently conducted a full inventory of Firefighter gear, which was found to be in full compliance. The issued gear does not expire until 2023.

Regarding Shapleigh EMS, the taxpayers of Shapleigh have fully funded the Rescue Department for 24/7, 365 coverage. However, shifts are going unfilled on a weekly basis requiring assistance from neighboring towns. Shapleigh is not alone in this problem. Staffing is very difficult to come by in these trying times. The Board of Selectmen are aware of this and are closely monitoring it. In addition, the Board is looking into other options and recently hosted a presentation by the chairman of the Maine Ambulance Association, who strongly recommends a small town such as Shapleigh look into a regional approach. Also, there is a private service scheduled to make a presentation to the Board for consideration this coming Tuesday. Additionally, the rescue chief and assistant chief have put forth a plan to hire full-time personnel which the Selectmen are also looking at.

The Shapleigh Board of Selectmen remains committed to providing the best possible public safety to the residents of Shapleigh.

The Shapleigh Board of Selectmen have been working for over several months to set up meetings and hear proposals from several entities in response to the Shapleigh Fire and Shapleigh Rescue manning shortfall.  These efforts include scheduled meetings with private ambulance companies, reviewing budget availability for current per diem slots and full-time positions, and discussing outreach options to increase visibility for potential applicants.  At this time, the Board is analyzing costs associated with these proposals.  


The town of Shapleigh budget committee will be holding a meeting on January 18, 2022 to review the 2022 warrant articles to be voted on March 11, 2022. This meeting will take place in the Town Hall conference room at 6:00 p.m. This meeting is open to the public.

The Select Board will be meeting with Action Ambulance on 1/18/22 at 5:00 p.m. to hear proposals concerning their services for increased rescue response capabilities in the town of Shapleigh.  This meeting is open to the public.


The Shapleigh Planning Board will be holding a Public Hearing on Tuesday, January 25th, snow date January 26th, at 6:00 pm

for the after-the-fact Amendment to a Conditional Use Permit for Woods Construction Office & Shop, Located at Tax Map 18, Lot 28

147 Emery Mills Road ~ Shawn Woods Applicant & Property Owner. The public is invited to attend.


The Shapleigh Planning Board will be holding a Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 8, snow date February 9th at 6:00 pm

to review the amendments to both the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance that will be presented to

Shapleigh voters in March. The public is invited to attend.  


March 11, 2022 Municipal & Referendum Election Information click here

Town of Shapleigh 2020 Final Audit Report - Click here  Town of Shapleigh 2021 Final Warrant - View here 

York County Sheriff's Monthly Report - To view - click here 

Dog Licenses - SHAPLEIGH DOG OWNERS - Maine State Law requires each owner/keeper of a dog(s) at the age of six months or over be licensed in the Municipal Clerk’s office  in the Town where the dog is kept. You must provide a current rabies and spray/neuter certificates when licensing.  A $25.00 LATE FEE WILL BE APPLIED AFTER JANUARY 31ST, 2022.

Fire Permits - To call regarding obtaining a fire permit please call, Steve Guillemette, Fire Warden at 207- 432-4388 or the Public Safety Building 207-636-2211

Town of Shapleigh Policies - to view - click here

 Trees in the Shoreland Zone may require a permit prior to beginning the project. Please contact the Shapleigh Code Enforcement Officer - Mike Demers at 207-636-2843 ext 3.

Williams Property - Information and map - click here

Town Forest Nature Trail - Information and map - click here

Notice is hereby given:  At any given time there may be more than one Selectman working at Town Hall.  This does not constitute a meeting but rather a work session.
General Assistance is by appointment only.  If you are in need of assistance please call the Town Administrator at 207-636-2843 ext 0 during regular office hours.  General Assistance Hotline After Hours is 207-432-7390

Codes & Ordinances - Shapleigh Codification - click here

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