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Mud season is here, and the gravel roads have taken a beating. Although they are already posted, most have now been closed to any traffic other than residents. Please heed the signs. The transfer station has been moved to the Community Building parking lot for disposal of trash only – no recyclables – on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We have been busy preparing for town meeting. The annual Town Report has been distributed at the store, post office, library and Town Office. The meeting takes place on Saturday, April 6, at 9 a.m. in the Community Building meeting room. Come early for coffee and doughnuts.

A school board representative to serve the next three-year term, from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022, will be elected at town meeting along with a selectmen/assessor/road commissioner/overseer of the poor (one job), and members of the Planning Board, Board of Appeals, Library Board, and Cemetery Committee.

Taxes

The tax collector has mailed 30-day notices to property owners who haven’t yet paid their 2018 property taxes. These notices are the first step in the lien process, which protects the town’s interest if property taxes remain unpaid. The 2018 taxes must be paid within the 30 days to avoid the lien, but you can come in to pay as much as you can anytime.

If you owe property taxes from an earlier year, be aware that town policy is to apply all tax payments to the oldest outstanding tax. It is not possible to pay 2018 taxes to avoid the lien if you still owe 2017 property taxes.

Please call the tax collector if you have received this notice and have any questions.

Searsmont Town Library

On Thursday, April 11, at 6 p.m., the Searsmont Town Library welcomes author Barbara Ross. The writer of the popular Maine Clam Bake Mystery series will share her writing experiences in an event titled "Booked Up with Barbara Ross."

The first installment of the library series "Local Knowledge, Community Wisdom" (Bill Evans on furniture making) was fascinating and full of wonder. We still want to hear from volunteers interested in sharing their hobbies, passions, and stories and presenting them for the public as part of this series.

The library is a proud recipient of a Maine Community Foundation grant from the Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust Fund. The grant will help pay for books and materials that aim to get more people outdoors and knowledgeable about ecology and their environment. A series of public presentations will accompany the initiative.