Gorham East-West Connector Study - Presented February 15, 2017

posted Feb 17, 2017, 11:55 AM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Feb 17, 2017, 11:57 AM ]

In 2007 Scarborough, Gorham, South Portland, and Westbrook identified a mutual interest in improving the overall traffic
conditions on the commuting corridors between the rural communities to the greater Portland Center.  The communities requested a study be performed by Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Maine Turnpike Authority (MTA) to examine the feasibility of an East-West Connector to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety while maintaining our neighborhood centers.  For Scarborough these corridors include: Gorham Road (Rt 114), County Road (Rt 22) as well as collector and local roads that feed onto these State routes through North Scarborough.  The Connector project is aimed at identifying a limited access corridor to alleviate the traffic congestion issues rather than expanding existing roadways and creating a commuter highway through the Village Center in North Scarborough.

The MDOT and MTA have completed their study identifying the feasibility of creating new connector corridor.  The next step to move the Connector project forward is for the four municipalities to support a Legislative resolution which would grant the MTA the ability to build a connector once they determine the viability of environmental permitting and design.  The Town Council will be discussing the merits of the project and considering support of the Legislative resolution on March 1.

Please see the attached for the presentation presented to the Town Council on February 15, 2017.

Pine Point Road Improvements On-Street Parking Amendment Presentation

posted Feb 17, 2017, 8:10 AM by Colette Mathieson

On behalf of the Transportation Committee, the Planning Department staff presented for Town Council consideration an
amendment to the Chapter 601, Traffic Ordinance, that will safely allow on-street parking on Pine Point Road between the intersection of East Grand Avenue and the intersection of Snow Canning Road, only in designated on street parking areas.

With the Maine Department of Transportation's paving project on Pine Point Road scheduled for summer, the Transportation Committee took the opportunity to investigate the issues along this stretch of roadway and incorporate a Complete Streets approach to the design, which includes facilities for bikes, pedestrians, traffic calming measures, and designated on-street parking.  These were issues that were brought up at the public meeting held at the Pine Point Fire Station on March 22, 2016.  It was very clear from public feedback that parking along both sides of Pine Point Road within a narrow paved shoulder was not a safe condition and modifications to the overall footprint of the corridor were necessary.  Staff and the Committee took the feedback from the residents and have provided a proposed cross-section design that provides a safe and balanced approach to resolve many of the issues along this corridor.

To view the Presentation presented to the Town Council on February 15, 2017 please see the attached document.

Phillips Brook Watershed Management Plan Meeting - February 27, 2017

posted Feb 16, 2017, 12:14 PM by Colette Mathieson

The Town of Scarborough will host a public meeting about the development of a watershed-based management plan (WMP) for
Phillips Brook at the Dunstan Fire Station on Monday, February 27, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

In partnership with the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District, Maine DEP and stakeholders, the Town of Scarborough has begun the implementation of an EPA grant to develop a WMP for Phillips Brook in Scarborough, Maine.  Phillips Brook watershed is comprised of a little over one square mile of area in the Dunstan Corner neighborhood and drains to the Scarborough River and ultimately, the Scarborough Marsh,  Dunstan Corner has a great potential for growth and development over the next decade.

Phillips Brook is listed as an Urban Impaired Stream in Maine DEP's Chapter 502 and is currently listed on DEP's 303(d) list of impaired waters as it does not meeting tis Class C water quality standards for dissolved oxygen and aquatic habitat.  The cause of impairment of Phillips Brook is largely unknown but may be partially related to stormwater runoff from impervious cover, a historic impoundment, floodplain fill, and development in the lower watershed that has encroached on the stream channel, floodplain, and wetlands areas.  The majority of the Watershed lies within Scarborough's "regulated area" under the NPDES Phase II Stormwater Program.

The WMP process, which involves local landowners, land trusts, governmental agencies and representatives from the Town of Scarborough, will help develop strategies to protect and improve the water quality of Phillips Brook.  The WMP will also incorporate stakeholder recommendations and will be designed to address existing development, redevelopment and new development in accordance with current zoning and Comprehensive Plan for the Town of Scarborough.  The watershed needs will be prioritized based on environmental benefits and impacts; estimated costs; right of way requirements; and feasibility of implementation.  Most importantly, the plan will clearly detail what work is needed in order to improve and protect the water quality and aquatic habitat of Phillips Brook and identify an implementation strategy that includes cost estimates, funding strategy and sources, roles and responsibilities and completion schedules.

For Additional information regarding the plan and meeting contact: 

Angela Blanchette, Town Engineer


posted Feb 12, 2017, 1:11 PM by Tody Justice

Due to the inclement weather Town Offices will closed on Monday, February 13th. Please be safe and stay at home if you can.


posted Feb 9, 2017, 8:50 AM by Colette Mathieson

Due to the inclement weather Town Hall will be closing at noon today (Thursday, February 9, 2017).  Please be safe and stay
at home if you can.

Cancelled Finance Committee Meetings - February 9, 2017

posted Feb 8, 2017, 6:35 AM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Feb 9, 2017, 4:00 AM ]

Due to the Snow Storm today both the Joint Town/School Finance Committee meeting scheduled for 2 p.m. and the Town Finance Committee meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. in Council
Chambers have been cancelled.

Financial Statement Presentation by Macpage LLC

posted Feb 7, 2017, 4:55 AM by Colette Mathieson

Are you interested in becoming more informed in the Town of Scarborough's financial state? The attached presentation by
Macpage LLC is intended as a tool to assist in understanding its financial results.  The information contained in the publication should be read in conjunction with the 2016 Audited Financial Statements found by clicking on the link. The full presentation may be viewed by viewing the attached document.

Tuesday, February 28th, Special Municipal Election Information

posted Feb 6, 2017, 9:36 AM by Tracy Cole   [ updated Feb 10, 2017, 8:53 AM ]

Absentee Ballots are now available at Town Hall in the Town Clerk’s Office during regular business hours. You may

request an absentee ballot by completing the Application for an Absentee Ballot form below and mail to the Scarborough Town Clerk's Office at P.O. Box 360, Scarborough, ME 04070-0360 or the voter can contact the Town Clerk's Office at 730-4020 to make their request for an absentee ballot to be mailed to them. The deadline to order absentee ballots is Thursday, February 23, 2017, by 4:00 p.m.


Starting Friday, February 24, 2017 and including Monday, February 27, 2017, the Voter must complete a Special Circumstance Application [see below] stating one of the four reasons:

                    An unexpected absence from the municipality during the entire time the polls are open on election day;

                    A physical disability,

                    An inability to travel to the polls because the voter is a resident of a coastal island ward or precinct; or

                    An incapacity or illness that has resulted in the voter being unable to leave home or a treatment facility.

 This special circumstances application must be signed by the voter.  NOTE:  The deadline for returning absentee ballots has not changed. 

Voting will take place at the Municipal Building, located at 259 U.S. Route One on Election Day, Tuesday, February 28, 2017, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. For further information on Absentee Voting and Voter Registration, please contact the Scarborough Town Clerk's Office at 730‑4020.


posted Jan 20, 2017, 6:58 AM by Tody Justice   [ updated Jan 20, 2017, 6:59 AM ]

Nomination papers are available to fill a vacancy on the Board of Education, from Thursday, January 19, 2017, through close of

business [4:00 p.m.] on Monday, January 30, 2017. This vacancy was created by the resignation of Kathryn Miles, with a term to expire in 2018. The Special Municipal Election will be held Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at the Municipal Building, located at 259 US Route One. If you have any questions, please contact the Town Clerk's Office at 730-4020.

Town of Scarborough Legal Opinion - Avenue Two

posted Dec 22, 2016, 4:59 AM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Jan 23, 2017, 6:43 AM by Tody Justice ]

"The Town received a written legal opinion from the Town Attorney (Legal Opinion) regarding the legal issues and it's legal
rights regarding the undeveloped portion of Avenue 2.  The Town Council will meet in Executive Session with the Town Attorney at 6:00 PM on January 4, 2017 and a public workshop on the matter has been scheduled for February 1, 2017 at 5:30 PM at which time the public will be able to hear from the Town Attorney and offer comment."

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