Belmont Town News
By Richard Lenfest
Town Office hours are Monday, 1-6 p.m., Tuesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Board of Selectmen meets Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. Code Enforcement hours are Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. or by appointment. The Town Office phone number is 342-5722, and the fax number is 342-2252. Code Enforcement is 632-4741.
Ode to Tom Seymour's dream getaway
In Tom's last RFD Maine column, he laments about the new neighbors he's gaining in his neighborhood in Waldo. I guess Tom's neighborhood doesn't have enough wetland or shoreland to come under the protection of Maine's laws as they apply to wetland and shoreland. Here in the Ducktrap River Valley of Belmont, while we're a bit short on total land and what can be done with the 40 percent of a scant two acres that is dry enough to be developed, there will be no problem with anyone getting closer than those who are already here.
Across the street to the north is the floodplain of the Ducktrap River when it is high enough that the water cannot be handled by the two huge culverts under the road. This is the land that contained the former Dickey Mill on the river and home of Reuben Dickey, dating to the 1830s. To the west, coming in the road, the closest home is a quarter-mile away, and to the east there is the Ducktrap River Preserve. The historic home of John Dickey is east of the river and to the south over the Olde Dickey Road, the closest homes are more than a mile away in Lincolnville. Boundaries are not market, except on the Belmont tax maps, and the land is all salmon buffer (so called) that drains into the river, protected as (RP (resource protected) Zone and Waterfowl and Wading Bird Habitat.
The curse is over
The curse was the long string of above-normal weather, over a year's worth of warm months, that I am almost certain has ended with a colder than normal November 2012. The feedback I get is that a large segment of the Maine economy is looking forward to at least a normal winter. I can speak for the maple producers myself, and I know that the skiers, sleddogs and snowmobilers are ready to go. I haven't seen an official report on November yet, but all indications are that November was cold and dry. Little more than 1.5 inches of precipitation and the excess saved heating degree days that were building have been pared in half. Your oil or gas supply and wood pile did take a hit i November's colder than average temperatures. There was one record cold morning at 15 degrees that was surpassed by a 2 degrees at midnight last Friday. I assume that the 2 was also a record. The month had five inches of snow, plus traces on Thursday and Friday as the month closed.