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I'll start with the elections last Tuesday. Ninety-two people voted. Mark Bradstreet was the only one running for selectman and received 87 votes. Regional School Unit 20 was a write-in and was won by Joshua McFarlin with 28 write-in votes. Everyone on the Budget Advisory Committee was re-elected.

Saturday, March 9, is the Town Meeting which will be held at the Town Office beginning at 9 a.m.

TURKEY SUPPERS ARE BACK!

TURKEY SUPPER SATURDAY, MARCH 9TH, SEARSPORT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, RTE 1, SEARSPORT, 4:30 PM. COME AND ENJOY A FULL TURKEY DINNER, TURKEY, MASHED POTATO, STUFFING, CRANBERRY SAUCE, VEGETABLES AND HOMEMADE BIScUITS. HOMEMADE PIE FOR DESSERT! YUM, YUM!

Self-Defense Class for Women!

Saturday, March 9th, 1 – 5 PM, Searsport First Congregational Church, 8 Church Street, Searsport. Survivor Self-Defense Class! Learn situational awareness, safety mentality, self-defense techniques, home and travel safety as well as train to use pepper spray, kubaton and stun guns! Unleash your inner Mama bear!

Teenagers welcome. Great for women of all ages. Cost is $36 and includes a free pepper spray for those who preregister and while supplies last!

Contact Andee for more info: 310-1457; EastCoastSchoolofSafety.com.

Historical Society

The first 2019 meeting of the Searsport Historical Society will be held on Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m., at Curtis Hall on Church Street in Searsport. The program will be "Show & Tell." Everyone is asked to bring an item to show and talk about or a picture and memory from their own history. There will be refreshments and fellowship following the program.

MANAGER’S REPORT

March 5, 2019

Public Works

The public works crew dealt with several storms during the month of February. Like the past two months, we had a lot of melting. We did some pothole patching but with the warm days and melting it does not look like we are making headway. This program will continue thru the spring. We are getting ready to post roads.

Wastewater

Howard and Dan are doing well. Howard discovered a leak in a heat pipe near the boiler. He and Dan pulled some insulation away and discovered a lot of rust on the piping. The section needed to be replaced. This was completed in February and a different section including a valve will be replaced this month. It is not surprising to see such repairs as the plant is 30 years old.

Carver Memorial Library

The staff is doing well. They hosted a volunteer appreciation day last month and it was well received and well attended.

Ambulance

The Ambulance responded to twenty-nine calls for service in February. They had four paramedic intercepts. Adrian reports that both ambulances are running good and there are no equipment issues.

He is experiencing some staffing shortages. A few of the members have taken themselves off the schedule due to other employment and personal issues.

Fire

The Fire Department responded to ten calls for service in February. They also responded to seven false alarms at a business with a faulty alarm. That alarm has been repaired. They have no new truck or equipment issues to report.

Code Enforcement

Randy is doing well. He is starting to get calls for proposed projects for this spring.

Police Department

The Searsport Police Department received 196 calls for service during the month of February. The Chief was inAugusta a couple of times testifying for the Maine Chief’s of Police Association on issues. He was able to get away on vacation in February. All cruisers are up to date on service and are running well. The radar units were serviced in February. All personnel are doing well. The reserve officers are filling open shifts. The full time officers have been very busy with cases.

Economic Development

Dean Bennett is doing well. He was able to print a draft of the business contact guide. It is his hope that he will be able to put some photos of the businesses in the report.

Town Hall

We are very behind in producing our annual report. One major hold up has been the audit paperwork. This paperwork was received on Sunday March 3. We put a lot of time in over the weekend and today. We will have reports ready for the election tomorrow. Bobby and the crew has done some painting and floor finishing to spruce things up for Town Meeting.

Committees

The Historic Preservation Committee, Shellfish and Planning Board all met last month.

Monday, March 11, starting at 6:30 p.m., the Planning Board will meet in the Town Hall. This meeting will be televised.

Be sure to set your clocks ahead on Sunday, March 10.

Feel free to pass this along to interested people.

Dick Desmarais