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Searsmont News

By Joyce Sirota | May 22, 2020
Photo by: Joyce Sirota A CLYNK bag full of returnables collected and sorted from trash picked up along the road. Refunded deposits on the returnables will benefit the library.

Spring Cleanup

After weeks of walking our 1.5-mile road, noting all the bottles, cans and trash along the way, we hatched a plan. Using Hannaford’s reincarnated plastic bags, we walked the road, sorting as we trash-picked, filling a CLYNK bag (to benefit the Searsmont Town Library). It does make you wonder what possesses folks to toss trash out the car window. Most unusual item found was a dead fire extinguisher. And two tires.

A request to folks using the Route 173 right-of-way to Levenseller Pond: Please be courteous to others who use these access points, especially as this is private property, and take your trash out with you. Thanks!

Selectmen & Town Office

The May 19 selectmen’s meeting began at 5 p.m. with 17 folks logged on, and went into executive session. By 7 p.m., a Planning Board meeting had begun on Zoom, so there was a delay while the technology got worked out. By 8:15 most of the agenda had been processed.

The Transfer Station will not be open Saturday, July 4, but will instead be open Friday, July 3. Also, if you see aggressive brush cutting along town roadsides, it’s by design, to try to reduce the number of cuts needed during the season. Check townofsearsmont.com or call 342-5411 to find out how to “attend” the meeting June 2 at 5 p.m.

The temporary exemption for motor vehicle registrations for town residents, put in place by the governor because of COVID-19, is ending. Because the town participates in the Rapid Renewal program, and the office is open to collect excise tax, you must register your vehicles online or in the office within 30 days of the state executive order dated May 12. By my calendar, that means by June 11.

Maine allows any registered voter to request an absentee (or mail-in) ballot for the July 14 primary election. Go online to maine.gov, Department of the Secretary of State, to request an absentee ballot, and it will be mailed to you in June. You can also call the Town Office and make a phone request (for yourself only) and you will be sent one in the mail. All ballots must be returned to the Town Office before 8 p.m. on Election Day.

There has been talk around town about the Searsmont property revaluation letters sent out recently by James Murphy, the town’s assessor.  We understand that letters only went to folks whose property valuation increased.  If you have information or questions regarding your new valuation, get in touch with James by June 30 at assessor@fairpoint.net.

Searsmont Town Library

Jana Herbener, who chairs the library Board of Trustees, says the July 18 Book & Bake Sale has been canceled. Like many other traditional summer activities in the area, the limitations around physical distancing and crowd size make this event not doable for now. Although it doesn’t make up for the loss of the Book and Bake Sale, try saving your recyclables and filling a CLYNK bag to benefit the library. Get the specially designated bags from the library via a new pickup and delivery service that will start in June. Details are still to come.

There are still a few days to use the free Searsmont Seed Library pickup service. Find the seed list on the Searsmont Town Library website or Facebook page. Then call in your order to 342-5549 on Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or email your order to searsmont.town.library@gmail.com. You will be given a date and time to come collect your seeds.

Goings-on about town

Even though the Memorial Day Parade has been canceled for this year, you will still notice flags, placed by members of the Cemetery Committee, at most of the town cemeteries. The folks at the Town Office would like to send a special “thank-you” to Mack Page and the Maine Militia for helping with the flags, particularly making sure retired flags are disposed of with the proper ceremonies.

Please stay safe and be well.

 

This pile contains all of the trash the Sirotas picked up along their road. They subsequently sorted out returnables and filled a CLYNK bag with them to benefit the library. (Photo by: Joyce Sirota)
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