Prospecttowndeputy@fairpoint.net

567-3661

During the last Select Board meeting, the 2021 mill rate was set at 19.4. The board was able to keep the mill rate the same as last year. However, next year there will be a revaluation of properties along with other increases in town responsibilities that will most likely cause an increase in taxes and the mill rate for 2022. Expect your 2021 tax bill in the next few weeks.

The town of Stockton Springs presented a proposal to have a formal contract concerning ambulance service between the two towns. The contract will come with a share of the expense in the ambulance operation. In 2020 Prospect accounted for 25% of the call volume for the Ambulance Service. The Stockton Springs town manager calculated 25% of the expense and 25% of the revenue for the Ambulance Service to total $38,575. In the last several years, Prospect paid $7,800 toward the Ambulance Service. Negotiations and open workshops will be conducted by the Prospect Select Board in the coming months.

The paving bid was awarded to Vaughn Thibodeau General Contracting for the amount of $64,685. This bid is to pave a portion of both Poor Bill Drive and Hawes Bridge Road.

The snow removal bid to plow 17.72 miles of town and state aid roads was awarded to E.C. Boynton & Sons at $130,000 for the 2021-22 plowing season. There will be an increase of 3% each year for the next three years.

Currently Maine Department of Transportation is doing several projects in the area and will be using the parking lot next to the Fire Station for a trailer and equipment. Expect increased traffic through town.

The section of Hawes Bridge Road that goes over Lane Brook will be closed for bridge reconstruction. Hawes Bridge Road will not be passable at that point.

Reminders

Town Office hours: Tuesday, 1-7 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Aug 5: Select Board meets at 5 p.m. in the Town Office.

Fire Department meeting is the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Fire Station. All are welcome.