Stockton Springs Report
The Select Board acted on the following issues at their May 15 meeting. They appointed Maxine Engstrom to fill the vacancy on the RSU 20 Board of Directors representing Stockton Springs. Maxine will serve with Denise Dakin. This appointment is effective immediately and lasts until the 2015 municipal elections (June). The board signed a 5 year Mutual Aid Agreement with Waldo County EMA. Dick Tinsman was appointed to the Planning Board to fill the vacancy created by Martin Gottlieb's recent resignation. This appointment is through June 2014. Dick is also on our RSU 20 Withdrawal Committee. We would like to thank him for stepping in to fill this position as well. The board appointed Darrin Moody to serve as the Town's Shellfish Warden. Darren is also one of our local police officers and a deputy sheriff for Waldo County. He is a busy young man. This appointment is through Dec. 31, 2014 (Shellfish Warden is a calendar year appointment). Further, the board approved the 2014 Warrant which will appear in the Town's annual report and issued a Quitclaim Deed to Brandon Gorrie for real property located at 120 School Street. Thank you Town Manager Rich Couch for providing the municipal information each week.
Rich would also like to remind us of the public hearings coming up. He advises, “State law dictates that whenever there is proposed change to a Town Ordinance, there needs to be two public hearings that invites the public in for comment. Both ordinances will be on the Town Warrant at Town Meeting on June 14.” Proposed harbor ordinance changes will be discussed at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 22, the Site Plan Review will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, and the second hearing for each will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 2. All meetings are held at the town office.
Town Meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, June 14 at the Stockton Springs Elementary School.
The Town of Stockton Springs anticipates an immediate opening for an Assistant Harbormaster/Dock Hand for the 2014 Boating Season. This paid position (monthly stipend) would require office hours at the Stockton Springs Harbor Office on Friday afternoons and weekends in June, July and August. The position would report directly to the Town Manager with close contact and input from the Harbormaster who is out on medical leave and a reduced work schedule. Town manager Couch states, “I hope to hire quickly for this position. Please contact me for more information or for a copy of the Town's Employment Application. I'm hoping to have a collection of applications in hand by Friday May 16th.”
In the area of not-so-good town news, I received the following email from the town. If you are not on their email listing, you can receive town updates by emailing your request to be added to the list to firstname.lastname@example.org. “In reviewing the list of unpaid property taxes the unpaid balance is just over $400,000. It appears that many people paid half last October, but neglected to pay the other half by April 30. Please accept this e-mail as a reminder to pay the remainder of your tax bill. The Town implemented a split payment to help people. We send out tax bills with 2 coupons on them. Even though State law does not require the town to send a tax bill, we do so as a courtesy to property owners. The town can't afford to do a 2nd mailing for tax balances that were due April 30th.”
The Stockton Springs Jerry Dobbins Post 157 of the American Legion plans to participate in four parades: Searsport, Stockton Springs, Prospect, and Bucksport. Post members are requested to muster at 8:15 a.m. Monday, Memorial Day, May 26 at the Legion Hall to carpool to the 9:00 a.m. Searsport parade which forms at the Searsport Firehouse.
Pat Curley of the Stockton Springs Community Library advises that only a few more seats are available for the three o'clock seating at libraries famous Annual Afternoon Tea, to be held on Sept. 7. Pat reports that their one o'clock seating is sold out. Call 567-4147 to join in on the fun. We're talking about seeing Ed Burns and Tom Lane and other men of Stockton Springs in tuxedos. That alone is worth the price of admission. I'm getting a picture for the paper this year.
Sandy Point resident and veteran Searsport school teacher Martha Stamp sent in this announcement regarding the school. “The SDHS National Honor Society and the Student Council are sponsoring a book drive again this year. The SDHS NHS and Student Council are working in partnership with the WORLDWIDE BOOK DRIVE (worldwidebooks.org) to collect books to help fight illiteracy in the World. Nearly 800 million people are still illiterate. Schools and towns in own country have lost complete libraries due to natural disasters. WBD's focus is to make books directly available for donations to schools, libraries and domestic and international charities. They have sent 1,826,00 books to over 50 countries including our own. Their mission is to improve global literacy and the environment through more efficient recycling of books. All books are used, no matter what the subject area or condition. About 6%of the books are sold to cover expenses. Obsolete or badly damaged books are sent to a life skills center for the handicapped where they are recycled and provide jobs. The NHS and Student Council will be collecting these books until the second week in June and then boxing them for shipping by the organization. Books can be dropped off boxes at SDHS and the RSU 20 Central Office. If you have books that you would like picked up, please contact email@example.com. For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or call 548-2313
Today's column was brought to you courtesy of Rich, Lee, Pat and Martha. Each week I receive emails, calls and visits from someone wanting to announce something or brag someone up. Rich and Pat have been instrumental in helping me keep you informed on the happenings in the town and library, respectively. Sharon and Denise kept me abreast on the schools, Jeri and Terry on the the lighthouse, Mac on the Sandy Point Community Club. And many others have told me about their family members. I have reported on carpenters, fisherman, knitters, people who plant things in the ground and people who find things hidden in the ground. I feel it is truly a town column and I am just the guy who types it out and figures a catchy way to end the column with summation of the town, the beautiful town of Stockton Springs.