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REMINDER! Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off in Biddeford September 9th

posted Aug 24, 2017, 4:50 AM by Jolene Bouchard

The last HHW drop-off day scheduled in 2017 will be held at the Biddeford Public Works Department on Saturday, September 9th from 8:00 am to Noon.  Residents from Scarborough, Saco, and Old Orchard Beach are welcome to bring their waste to this event.  Please take this opportunity to dispose of any hazardous materials you have stored in and around your home. The next drop-off will be held in the Spring of 2018.   

Paving on Broadturn Road Rescheduled

posted Aug 23, 2017, 7:35 AM by Jolene Bouchard

Due to unforeseen circumstances, paving work on Broadturn Road has been rescheduled for                                                                                                      Friday, August 25th  -  Monday, August 28th  -  Tuesday, August 29th                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Please plan accordingly!

ROAD PAVING & RECLAMATION August 17 - August 25

posted Aug 17, 2017, 5:50 AM by Jolene Bouchard   [ updated Aug 17, 2017, 5:55 AM ]

Pike Industries will be in Scarborough this week and next week to reclaim and pave roads.  This schedule is subject to change due to weather so check back from time to time.  If the schedule changes we will update our postings.

AUGUST 17:  Broadturn Rd and Martin Ave   Both roads will be reclaimed. The end result will be gravel-like material and the roads will stay this way until the following week.  Martin Ave is scheduled first and work will start at 7:00 am.  Broadturn Rd work will not start before 8:30 am but will last all day.  Alternate routes of travel are encouraged during this time.

AUGUST 18:  Woodside Drive  Scheduled for reclamation.  The end result will be a gravel-like material that will remain until the following week.

AUGUST 21:  Broadturn Road, Pine Point Road, Martin Ave  Paving & grading will occur.  Work will not start on Broadturn Road prior to 8:30 am but will continue into the early evening.  Alternate routes of travel are encouraged. 

AUGUST 22:  Broadturn Road and Martin Ave  Paving is scheduled to be completed. 

AUGUST 23:  Woodside Drive  Grading & paving scheduled all day.

AUGUST 24 & 25:  Both Days may be used to finish any work not done on prior days because of weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Thank you for your patience and safe driving while this work is performed.  Alternate routes are recommended during this time if possible.

Soil Test Borings Scheduled on Gorham Road June 27-30

posted Jun 20, 2017, 4:24 AM by Jolene Bouchard   [ updated Jun 20, 2017, 7:31 AM ]

Soil test borings are scheduled on Gorham Road June 27-30.  The work is scheduled to start at 8:30 am daily and
will be located in the area from Hannaford Drive to Maple Ave. Two-way traffic will be maintained at all times. 
This work is being done as part of a utility pipeline design process.

Eight Corners Area PAVING POSTPONED to June 21 - June 22

posted Jun 20, 2017, 3:19 AM by Jolene Bouchard

Due to the weather, paving scheduled for Tuesday, June 21st and Wednesday, June 22nd has been rescheduled for
Wednesday, June 21st and Thursday, June 22nd.  Please plan accordingly.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Community Recycling Hours - July 4th

posted Jun 15, 2017, 1:00 PM by Jolene Bouchard

Community Recycling will be closed:
Saturday, July 1st  -  Tuesday, July 4th
Happy Independence Day


posted Jun 15, 2017, 8:11 AM by Jolene Bouchard

PAVING is scheduled in the Eight Corners Area of Gorham Road on Tuesday, June 20th and Wednesday, June 21st. 
   Expect traffic delays due to alternating single-lane traffic and detours.  Please seek
   alternate routes during this time.


posted Jun 6, 2017, 8:11 AM by Jolene Bouchard   [ updated Jun 6, 2017, 8:34 AM ]

Independence Day, July 4th, is one of the four holidays each year when trash is NOT picked up in Scarborough. 
Following are changes to the trash collection schedule for the week of July 4th:

Regular Pickup Day        Holiday Pickup Week   
    Monday                         Monday (no change)             
    Tuesday                        Wednesday
    Wednesday                   Thursday                                
    Thursday                       Friday
    Friday                           Saturday                                            Have a safe & happy holiday!


posted Jun 6, 2017, 5:46 AM by Jolene Bouchard   [ updated Jun 6, 2017, 7:24 AM ]

   Thursday, June 8th and Friday, June 9th:: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm     Saturday, June 10th: 7:00 am - Mid to Late Afternoon.

WORK LOCATION:   Section of Gorham Road from Maple Avenue to Payne Rd (approximate).

There will be some detours and alternating one-way traffic.  We highly recommend that motorists seek alternate routes during this time. 

We appreciate your patience and safe driving during the construction period.

Please be advised that this work is WEATHER DEPENDENT.

Letter from Director Shaw Regarding Fuel Island Bonding Vote

posted May 30, 2017, 8:25 AM by Scarborough Webmaster

Dear Scarborough Residents,

Your ballots on June 13 include a vote for bonding money to pay for a new fuel island at the Public Works facility. The current fuel island is 30 years old and the underground storage tanks need to be removed by order of the Maine DEP. The new fuel island will include above ground tanks with a minimum life expectancy of 30 years and will provide all of the gasoline, diesel, and propane used by all town and school vehicles. What you are voting on is how the Town of Scarborough will fund this investment. A yes vote will support the Town Council’s request to bond the money required and a no vote will require the money to come out of the Town’s fund balance reserves.

The proposal to move the fuel island from its current location to the Public Works site was introduced in 1997 as part of the Public Works Master Plan. In 2015 we began to study all of the options for fueling our vehicles. We looked at the Town’s actual costs for fuel from January 2000 through June 2015 versus the cost we would have paid without our fuel island and discovered that in those 15 years we saved over $1.5 million. In a 30 year lifespan for a new fuel island we expect to see close to $3 million in savings. This cost benefit analysis gave strong evidence to support planning for a replacement fuel island. Funding for planning, design, and permitting was approved in the FY16 budget and $687,482 was approved for construction as part of the capital investment section of the FY17 budget. The project has been fully vetted through the budget process; it was written about in the FY17 budget book and discussed as part of the Public Works budget presentation to the Finance Committee. This project was part of the final budget approved by the Town Council on May 18, 2016. 

Upon approval of the FY17 budget the fuel island project was put out to bid in an open bid process. Simard & Sons of Lewiston, ME won the bid, signed a contract with the town, and have begun purchasing the materials needed for the project. This work will begin this summer. The vote on June 13 will decide if the Town will pay their contractual obligation using bonded funds that will allow the project to be paid for by all of the people who benefit from it over the next 30 years or if it will be paid for using fund balance. The $687,482 you are being asked to support as bonded funds will pay for both the new fuel island and for the removal of the existing tanks and assessment and sign off by the Maine DEP on the existing site. The project is all inclusive and will not require the Town to come back to the voters requesting more bonded money for site remediation. 

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about this project.  I believe that owning and operating our own fueling station is the most cost-effective solution to meet the Town’s needs and that financing this investment through a bond is the most prudent approach.   If you agree, please vote Yes on June 13. Otherwise, please do not hesitate to contact me at 730-4401 if you have any questions.

Mike Shaw
Public Works Director

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