Postponed - Ordinance Committee - Marijuana Discussion - February 13, 2019

posted Feb 12, 2019, 10:26 AM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Feb 13, 2019, 6:27 AM ]

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the weather forecast, the commercial marijuana information session scheduled for Wednesday, February 13 at 2:00 pm has been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 27 at 2:00 pm. 

Scarborough Ordinance Committee - Marijauna Discussions

posted Feb 8, 2019, 11:31 AM by Colette Mathieson

The Town Council Ordinance Committee is working to identify what forms of commercial marijuana activity the residents of Scarborough would like to allow. 

Please join us to learn about the law passed by the Maine State Legislature last year and the activities permitted under the law.  Come share your thoughts ask your questions, and be part of the process to develop these important ordinances.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, in Council Chambers
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, in Council Chambers

Listen to Learn Sessions

posted Dec 11, 2018, 1:00 PM by Colette Mathieson

Please join Town Manager Tom Hall and Superintendent of Schools Julie Kukenberger for a "Listen to Learn" session. These informal conversations are designed

to give the Town Manager and Superintendent direct insight from residents on what services you value most, what services you want more of, and what services you feel are more than is needed.  This input will help guide budget development for FY20 and beyond so the more voices we hear the better the budget can reflect the community's priorities.

Thursday, January 3, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Town Hall Council Chambers

Wednesday, January 16, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Scarborough Public Library, Community Room

Tuesday January 22, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Town Hall Council Chambers

Wednesday January 30, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wentworth School, Learning Commons

Route One Corridor Study - Public Meeting

posted Dec 4, 2018, 6:23 AM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Dec 5, 2018, 8:24 AM ]

Route One Corridor Study:


Public meeting: Thursday, December 13th, 2018, 6:00 p.m. at Scarborough Municipal Building (Town Hall)

Study Purpose:  The purpose of this study is to make the Route 1 corridor safe and accessible for all travel modes.  Making the corridor more accessible will stimulate economic development, reduce vehicle delay, and improve safety for all users.

Residential Revaluation - Reminder

posted Nov 20, 2018, 7:55 AM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Dec 18, 2018, 10:37 AM ]

Reminder:  The Data Collection phase of the town-wide residential revaluation began in October and will continue until the end of May, 2019. The Assessing


Department is attempting to contact property owners in advance of the field work.   More information about the revaluation is available on the Assessing page as well as photos of the data collectors.

Updated FEMA Preliminary Maps

posted Nov 16, 2018, 8:43 AM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Nov 16, 2018, 8:52 AM ]

Updated changes to FEMA's preliminary maps on the town website, Simply select the map
labeled "FEMA Maps". At the top of the screen in the blue ribbon, there will be a search box where you can type in your address to automatically bring you to the location on the map. Next to the search box, there is a layer list icon that when selected, will allow You to choose between 3 layers: FEMA Current, FEMA Preliminary, and FEMA Preliminary Appeal. The FEMA preliminary and preliminary appeal layers are selected by default, but can be unchecked to see only one of the layers at a time. The appeal maps show what effect a successful appeal by the Town may have on the preliminary (proposed) FEMA maps. 

This is a useful tool for those that would like to know whether the appeal will have any effect on their future status with regard to the regulatory floodplain. 

Official Results of the November 6th Elections

posted Nov 6, 2018, 10:04 PM by Tody Justice   [ updated Nov 20, 2018, 11:16 AM ]

The results of the November 6, 2018 Elections are posted below [see documents below].

Town of Scarborough, Appeal to FEMA Preliminary Coastal Flood Maps for Scarborough Marsh Area

posted Nov 1, 2018, 8:26 AM by Colette Mathieson

Ransom Consulting, Inc., has submitted a 249 page technical appeal document to FEMA related to the Preliminary Coastal Flood Maps on behalf of the Town of Scarborough. The document addresses the legal and technical basis for the appeal as required by the FEMA regulations. The focus of the appeal was limited to the Scarborough Marsh area where our consulting team identified that the preliminary maps demonstrate significant flaws. The findings of the Ransom's appeal documents culminate in proposed 1% annual chance flood zone.  There were no changes to zones in the areas that are exposed to the open ocean. 

FEMA will now review the appeal documents. FEMA may accept the results of the Town's findings as presented, or request additional information be provided, or reject the results altogether.  Based on past experiences our consultants expect that FEMA will likely request additional information before making any final determinations. There is no firm deadline for this to occur, although once the community is engaged FEMA must resolve the appeals before moving forward.

The appeal contains 26 attachments, including modeling diagrams, calculations, and other technical data.  The most relevant documents for the general public are the 20 pages of proposed map changes contained in Attachment #26. The public can view those maps at the following link.  Map Changes  These maps show
FEMA's preliminary zone designations and base flood elevations in RED text; Ransom's proposed map changes are indicated in WHITE text.  Although there are many areas that show no difference between the preliminary and proposed designations, there are many other areas where the zone designation changes to a lower base flood elevation, or the areas are no longer in a special flood hazard area based on Ransom's calculations. 

For the complete 249 page appeal document that was prepared and submitted to FEMA please click the following link. FEMA Appeal Full Report

The Planning Department is actively working to create an interactive Geographic Information System layer to place on our WebGIS parcel viewer so that the general public can see the preliminary FEMA designations and the comparable proposed map changes included in the appeal.  Please continue to check the website for future updates on that progress.

Downtown TIF & Downs CEA Documents

posted Oct 27, 2018, 3:28 AM by Tody Justice   [ updated Nov 9, 2018, 8:48 AM by Colette Mathieson ]

Downtown TIF and Downs CEA documents available for review.  In advance of the Public Hearing scheduled for 6:00 PM on Wednesday, November
7, 2018,
 the following documents are available for pubic review:  Downtown TIF District Development Program, The Downtown Redevelopment Plan and the Credit Enhancement Agreement- Scarborough Downs.  The Town Council is interested in receiving public comment regarding all of these documents at the public hearing.  Please plan to attend that let your voice be heard.

State General Election, State Referendum Election & Municipal Election - November 6, 2018

posted Oct 9, 2018, 6:09 AM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Nov 1, 2018, 1:59 PM by Tody Justice ]

There will be a State General Election, a State Referendum Election and a Municipal Election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. 

on Update:

Absentee Voting with Special Circumstances

As of Friday, November 2nd and Monday, November 5th, any voter requesting an Absentee Ballot must complete the Special Circumstances Application below and indicate one of the 4 reasons allowed by state statute – Title 21-A M.R.S.A. §753-B sub2(D): 


1.         Unexpected absence from the municipality during the entire time the polls are open on Election Day; or


2.         Physical disability; or


3.         Incapacity or illness that has resulted in the voter’s being unable to leave home or a treatment facility; or


4.         Inability to travel to the polls if the voter is a resident of a coastal island ward or precinct.


The VOTER must complete and sign the form [below] before a ballot will be issued. Only the voter can make the request.
Scarborough has five Districts [29/28, 29/29, 30/27, 30/28 and 30/29]; if the voter is not sure of which Senate or House District they are in – please check the Street Listing below. Sample Ballots are listed below as well as the Sample ballot for the Municipal Election and the Sample ballot for the State Referendum.

Voting will take place at the High School Alumni Gymnasium on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2018, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. As a reminder the main entrance to the High School is now located at the traffic light in front of the Municipal Building at 259 U.S. Route One.


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