Searsport News

By Dick Desmarais | Nov 10, 2019

The Town Office will be closed Monday for Veterans Day. On Thursday, Nov. 14, the office will close at noon for computer updates.

Manager’s Report, Nov. 5

Public Works – Cottage Street is now paved. The crew has been out patching several roads in town. They were able to get the frame of the Volvo plow truck painted. We are ready to deliver it to the garage to have the new bed put on.

The problem now is that the bed has not been built yet. The company that builds them is back-ordered. We do not have a timeline for its completion. We had the small pickup plow truck in the shop. It was misfiring and had a loss of power.

We discovered that one of the spark plugs was broken and a piece of it was in the cylinder. This could have been a very expensive repair. Andy was able to fish out the broken part and put it all back together. The truck is now running great.

Wastewater – Howard and Dan are doing well. The recent rain has increased the flow in the plant significantly.

Carver Memorial Library – The staff is doing well. I have no significant news to report.

Ambulance – The Ambulance responded to 53 calls for service in October. They had two inter-facility transfers and two paramedic intercepts. Adrian is back and gaining strength. Both ambulances are running good and there are no equipment issues.

Fire – The Fire Department responded to 15 calls for service in October. They issued 50 burn permits. Fling into Fall activities took place without a hitch. The rain affected the amount of public participation. The chief has no new truck or equipment issues to report.

Code Enforcement – Randy is doing well. There have been many people in for building permits. We think they are trying to beat the cold weather with their projects.

Police Department – There were 187 complaints for service in October. Searsport Police responded to 164 of the calls. Waldo County Sheriff’s Department and State Police covered the rest. The search for a new chief is nearing completion. A candidate has been identified and will be presented to the Board of Selectmen. All cruisers are up to date on service and are running well.

Economic Development – Dean Bennett is doing well. He continues to work on the parking lot project for downtown. We will be meeting with tax increment financing experts and state agency representatives in November to get our downtown TIF paperwork in order.

A downtown TIF offering will help to recruit new businesses and improve the downtown.

Recreation – The soccer season came to a close in October. It was a very successful season with record participation. Sign-ups are being held now for the basketball season and it looks like there will be a record number of participants for that as well.

Town Hall – I have no significant news to report from Town Hall.

Committees – The Recreation, Shellfish, and Historic Preservation committees, Planning Board and Board of Appeals all met last month.

Guest speaker: medical mission

Former Searsport resident Andrea (Cousins) Sornberger, an occupational and hand therapist, will be a guest speaker at the 9 a.m. worship service in the North Searsport Methodist Church on Sunday, Nov. 17. She will talk about her experiences as a member of a medical mission team that went to Kenya this past summer. All are welcome to attend.

Historical Society

The Searsport Historical Society will meet Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. in Curtis Hall on Church Street. Guest speaker will be Ray Seamans, a Searsport native, who has been one of our favorite speakers for many years. This year he will be presenting a program titled "Tourists Accommodated on Route 1."

Please come and enjoy Ray's research and stories. Our meetings are always open to the public and followed by a social time with refreshments. On Tuesday there will be an opportunity to speak with Ray.

Wreath orders

The Searsport Bay Area Lions are taking orders for decorated and undecorated Christmas wreaths. They will be ready for pick-up the week of Thanksgiving. Decorated will cost $18 and undecorated are $14. To order please call either Priscilla King (548-2503) or Diane Leavitt (322-2979)

Silent auction

Carver Memorial Library, at 12 Union St., is having a silent auction fundraiser that runs from Nov. 15 through Dec. 15. All proceeds benefit the library. Those interested can bid during library hours on festive baskets with themes such as tea, pasta, crafts, and many more.

Every time patrons visit the library, they can check out a book and check their bids — supporting the library and Christmas shopping at the same time.

The library is grateful to Kendra Newcombe for coming up with the idea last year, and for the success of the fundraiser. We hope that it is just as successful this year.

The library is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call the library at 548-2303.

Small Business Saturday

Bangor Savings branches will be giving out bags for Small Business Saturday again this year. If you would like your coupons in the bags, drop them off at the Searsport branch by Friday, Nov. 15. Bags will be distributed the week of Thanksgiving with about 50 bags to give out in Searsport. If you would like some placed in bags in Belfast and Bucksport branches, drop off some extra coupons at the Searsport branch.

Feel free to pass this on to interested people.

Dick Desmarais


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