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On Tuesday, Feb. 19, starting at 7 p.m., the regular meeting of the selectmen will take place in the Town Hall. This meeting will be televised.

On Thursday, Feb. 21, starting at 6 p.m., the Historic Preservation Committee will meet in the Town Hall. This meeting will be televised

Manager's Report, Feb. 5

Public Works

January was like a broken record to the Public Works crew. January, like December, was a very busy month. The crew again dealt with several storms during the month. Like December, we again had a lot of melting. The major difference is the Christmas decorations went up in

December but came down in January.

Wastewater

Howard and Dan are doing well. Our new license to operate was issued and we received it last month. We had a short window of time to dispute some of the proposed changes and we have done that. Now we wait to see if the changes remain.

Carver Memorial Library

The staff is doing well. The Board of Selectmen has agreed to a new Memorandum of Understanding with the Library Trustees.

Ambulance

The Ambulance responded to 53 calls for service in January. They had two paramedic intercepts. Adrian reports that we currently have four paramedics, five advanced EMTs, six EMTs and six drivers. Both ambulances are running good.

Fire

The Fire Department responded to several car accidents in January. I do not have their statistics at this time as Andy is taking a well-deserved vacation. He will provide statistical data in his report for the second selectmen’s meeting in February. They have no new truck or equipment issues to report.

Code Enforcement

Randy is doing well. He has been working with developers of various projects from start-up businesses to land developers for new subdivisions. The construction season is just around the corner and building permits will start to ramp up.

Police Department

The Searsport Police Department received 223 calls for service during the month of January. The chief was able to attend the Maine Chiefs of Police Association meeting at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in January. The chief was re-elected chairman of the Waldo County Communications Center’s Board of Directors. All cruisers are up to date on service and are running well. All personnel are doing well.

Economic Development

Dean Bennett is doing well. He has been in contact with Wright-Pierce and with MDOT about downtown plans. He also worked with several new businesses that have come to town about getting some advertising out this spring. They are all looking forward to it. He has also been in contact with at least two additional people looking to locate here.

Dean continues his discussion with MaineBiz magazine to develop our free quarter-page for spring 2019.

Town Hall

The audit team was here in the third week of January. They were able to complete their work in a week. We are all starting to work on the annual report. Once the audit paperwork is in and the warrant is complete, we should be ready to start printing.

Committees

The Historic Preservation Committee met with the Board of Selectmen to discuss becoming a Commission last month. This concept will be included on the annual warrant for the residents to decide. The Planning Board and Historic Preservation Committee will hold a hearing on the proposed changes in early February.

Tuesday, March 5, is Election Day in Searsport. We have Mark Bradstreet running for the open selectman seat and no one took out papers for the open position on the school board. The Public Safety Building will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. for voting, and the annual town meeting will be held on Saturday, March 9.

The annual Town Reports are being worked on and will be made available soon.

Feel free to pass this on to interested people.

Dick Desmarais