Searsport Town News

By Dick Desmarais | Aug 12, 2019

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The Searsport Water District will start working on several projects that need updating around town. This will take the major part of the summer season (able to dig). They believe that there will be little disruption to traffic flow.

On Thursday, Aug. 15, "Where in the World" with Dick Baldwin. Penobscot Marine Museum’s Speaker Series continues as they host Dick Baldwin of Educational Passages. He launched Educational Passages as a project to spread ocean and environmental literacy. Their GPS-equipped MiniBoats follow ocean currents and winds, allowing students of all ages to explore oceanic phenomena while we develop transoceanic classrooms.

Dick's talk will include photos and video from his most recent MiniBoat launch from the University of Maine Marine Science Club and the United Center of Technologies in Bangor off the Cape of Good Hope.

Museum’s Old Vestry, 2 Church St., 6 p.m. The cost is $8, or $5 for members and Searsport and Stockton Springs residents. PMM’s Speaker Series has been made possible thanks to support from Hamilton Marine.

Town Manager's Report

Public Works – The crew did a lot of work at the end of Church Street near the school. The ditch was not draining water and there were several dead trees in the right of way. We continue to patch roads all over town.

We worked on Station Avenue and will be paving it this month. We got the new roll off truck last month. The debris at the Transfer Station really piled up while we waited for it to be outfitted. The crew had to spend some extra time at the Transfer Station cleaning up because of the wait. Eric Bonney was hired and on track to do headstone maintenance this summer. He left last month to take a job at GAC. We wish him well. We are looking for a responsible adult to take on this job. The two young people who are mowing and trimming are doing a great job.

Wastewater – Howard and Dan are doing well. I have no issues to report. We had Moore’s Septic into the plant to unclog a line. They also visited several pump stations to pump out for routine maintenance. Howard is taking a well-deserved vacation.

Carver Memorial Library – The staff is doing well. The Public Works crew spent some time in the library working on projects. Sue is actively looking for a part-time librarian to take some time over from Will, who wants to cut back.

Ambulance – The Ambulance responded to 70 calls for service in July. They had five paramedic intercepts, two inter-facility transfers, and four mutual aid calls. Adrian reports that both ambulances are running good and there are no equipment issues.

Fire – The Fire Department responded to 24 calls for service in July. They issued 78 burn permits for the month. The department put on its annual car show and it was well-attended. The chief has no new truck or equipment issues to report.

Code Enforcement – Randy is doing well. He is always swamped with people on the days he is scheduled to work.

Police Department – The Searsport Police Department responded to 200 calls for service during the month of July. The Waldo County Sheriff’s Department covered 22 complaints and the Maine State Police covered one. The chief submitted his retirement letter in July. The department is very short-staffed right now.

We spoke to Sheriff Jeff Trafton and he has agreed to help until the open positions can be filled. Officer McCrillis and Officer Jones have done an excellent job filling the schedule as much a possible. Our part-time pool of officers is also very low right now. All cruisers are up to date on service and are running well.

Economic Development – Dean Bennett is doing well. He has been working with state officials and a developer who hopes to build luxury yachts in Searsport. He identified a couple of sites for the operation and put the developer in contact with the landowners. At this point, we are waiting for more information.

Dean coordinated with the Lobster Rail and we did a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the selectmen. He submitted our next ad for MaineBiz magazine. He had a meeting with an adjacent landowner and the Penobscot Marine Museum about the potential downtown parking lot. This project continues to move forward. Dean also reached out to state officials about the development of a downtown TIF district.

Town Hall – The annual variety show was held by the Historic Society in July. This was very successful and we had a lot of compliments on the air conditioning upstairs. We also had a lot of positive comments about the fireworks.

Committees – The Shellfish Committee, Historic Preservation Committee and Planning Board all met last month. The 175th Anniversary Committee continues to meet on a biweekly basis. Many of our promotional items have arrived and will be available for purchase soon.

Feel free to pass this along to interested people.

 

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