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Town of Scarborough's Planapalooza - September 25th

posted Sep 20, 2017, 11:11 AM by Colette Mathieson

It's almost here! The Town of Scarborough's Planapalooza™ takes place the week of September 25th with the goal of enlisting participants from all over

Scarborough to help design the town's future and develop the 2018 update of the Comprehensive Plan.

 

For more information please visit ScarboroughEngaged.org.

Maine Water - Water Main Replacement - Avenue 1 & Tasker Avenue

posted Sep 13, 2017, 10:19 AM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Sep 13, 2017, 10:25 AM ]

About the Project:

This project is expected to begin Monday, September 18th and be completed by the end of October.

The Avenue 1 and Tasker Avenue Water Main Replacement Project will be completed on both Avenue 1 and Tasker Avenue between Jones Creek Drive and King

Street in Scarborough. The project includes the installation of approximately 710 linear feet of new 2-inch diameter high-density polyethylene water main. The construction includes replacement of customer service pipe and curb stop valves and pavement and site restoration.

Maine Water intends for the new water main to be placed beside the existing water main while the existing main remains in service throughout construction. Once the new water main has passed pressure and leakage tests and been disinfected the customer services will be transferred to the new water main.

The construction contact has been awarded to Bowdoin Excavation of Yarmouth. They will be completing construction of this project on behalf of Maine Water Company. 


For more information follow the link: http://www.mainewater.com/construction/current-projects/scarborough-avenue-1-tasker-avenue


Press Release - Update on Special School Budget Referendum Vote

posted Sep 6, 2017, 6:55 AM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 10:03 AM ]

PRESS RELEASE   

Issued September 6, 2017 at 12:30 PM-

 

The 420 uncounted school budget validation votes identified this morning have been tallied and the total unofficial results are below. The

outcome of the election, the passage of the School budget, remains the same:

 

2,402 Yes

2,226 No

       1 Blank

4629  Total     27.5% voter participation

 

The integrity of the election process and confidence in our abilities to conduct fair and open elections is paramount. Voters should be comforted by the fact that the post-election redundancies that are in place are effective in identifying any inconsistencies and most importantly that the process works.  However, to reassure our residents that we are committed to conducting fair, transparent, efficient, and accurate elections we have requested that the office of the Secretary of State conduct an audit of our election processes and procedures to identify any weaknesses and recommend best practices. In fact, the Town Manager, Tom Hall, and the Town Clerk, Tody Justice, spoke with Secretary of State Mathew Dunlap this morning and Secretary Dunlap has agreed to the request. He added that he has “full confidence in how Scarborough conducts its elections”.

 

The above results will be validated by the Town Council at their regular public meeting this evening.  Please feel free to contact either the Town Manager or the Town Clerk if you have further questions.





Contact: Thomas Hall, Town Manager   thall@Ci.scarborough.me.us

                  (207) 730-4031

 

Unofficial Results of the September 5th School Budget Validation Referendum

posted Sep 5, 2017, 6:46 PM by Tody Justice

Please see attached document for Election Results for the School Budget Validation Referendum held on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

Scarborough Tax Rate Estimated at $16.49

posted Aug 31, 2017, 5:10 PM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Aug 31, 2017, 5:11 PM ]

The Town has finalized the new valuation of the Town at $3,785,288,042.  This new total valuation, when combined with the approved budget,

produces a tax rate of $16.49/$1000, a 3.58% over last year. 

 

The new valuation was the result of a total net increase of $9,005,542.  This is an incredibly small amount of increase compared to our historical average and is due to an abnormally high amount of exemptions this year, totaling nearly $53,000,000.  The two largest components of the new exemptions relate to the increase in the Homestead exemption amount which exempted $24,252,000 in value and $14,578,000 in personal property value that qualified for the BETE exemption.  

 

The resultant tax rate is coincidentally the “cautious” tax rate estimate that has been published throughout the budget process. More detailed information from the Assessor will be provided regarding the factors affecting the valuation as well as the tax rate.  We expect to finalize the tax commitment next week with tax bills sent during the week of September 11 and a due date for the first half payment on October 15.

Please see attached the Total Tax Rate Computation Sheet.

Announcement - Passports By Appointment

posted Aug 30, 2017, 10:12 AM by Colette Mathieson

Effective September 12, 2017 - Due to the increased volume of passports being processed through the Scarborough Community Services Department, we have
decided to process passports by appointment only.  This decision was made in an effort to reduce wait times, increase processing speeds and improve your overall experience. We will be accepting appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.  When you call to make your appointment, our agents will ask you a few questions to help ensure you have the proper documentation and materials needed to create a smooth process.

Thank you for your support and understanding in advance.  Please watch for our PASSPORT DAYS, we will be hosting multiple Saturdays throughout the year to help meet your passport needs.  Please contact us at 730-4150 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

Public Safety Building Informational Sessions

posted Aug 17, 2017, 12:27 PM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Aug 28, 2017, 12:02 PM ]

Please consider attending one of these neighborhood public outreach informational sessions conveniently scheduled at each of our neighborhood fire stations.
Learn about the project, review the plans and perspective drawings, and ask questions of the Building Committee.

All sessions start at 6:30 pm at the following locations:

Black Point Fire Station           - 9/7/17
Pleasant Hill Fire Station         - 9/19/17
No. Scarborough Fire Station    - 10/2/17
Pine Point Fire Station             - 10/10/17
Dunstan Fire Station                 - 10/12/17

Public Safety Open House @ the Public Safety Building on Saturday, October 14, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Come and join fun activities, food, and events for all ages

Updated Scarborough Road Paving Schedule - August 25th through August 29th

posted Aug 15, 2017, 6:34 AM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Aug 23, 2017, 5:02 AM ]

Pike Industries has a major change to the road work schedule for Broad Turn Road. The paving work on Broad Turn Road will be from August 25th through

August 29th.  There will be no road work performed on the weekend.

 

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

School Budget Validation Referendum Election - Tuesday, September 5th

posted Aug 2, 2017, 6:42 PM by Tody Justice   [ updated Aug 30, 2017, 11:57 AM ]

Voting will take place in Town Council Chambers at the Scarborough Municipal Building located at 259 US Route One from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday,

September 5, 2017.

 

The Absentee Ballot for the School Budget Validation Referendum Election is available in the Town Clerk’s Office during regular business hours. HOWEVER, any Absentee Ballot [1- Sample below] issued between Thursday, August 3rd through to Wednesday, August 16th cannot be returned before the Town Council adopts the FY2018 School Budget, which is scheduled for Tuesday, August 16th. Therefore, your ballot can not be returned until Thursday, August 17th. 

 

Voting in the presence of the Town Clerk without a reason will begin on Thursday, August 17th and end on Thursday, August 31st during regular business hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, except for the first and third Wednesday, we are open until 6:30 p.m.

 

The voter may request an absentee ballot by completing theApplication for an Absentee Ballot [2- Application below] form and mailing it 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 207-730-4020 to make their request for an absentee ballot to be mailed to them.

 

Starting on Friday, September 1st and Monday, September 4th [Closed due to Federal Holiday] the voter must fill out a ‘Special Circumstance Application” [3- Application below] and check the appropriate box that applies:


I will be absent from my municipality of residence unexpectedly during the entire time the polls are open on Election Day.

I have a physical disability.

    I am unable to leave my home or treatment facility due to an incapacity or illness;

    I am a resident of a coastal island ward or precinct and am unable to travel to the Polls.

Detailed information about the school budget may be found on the Scarborough Schools Web site: http://www.scarboroughschools.org/board-of-education/budget

 

Unitil Installation - Eastern Rd.

posted Aug 1, 2017, 12:16 PM by Colette Mathieson

Unitil gas is going to continue laying gas mains on the Eastern road starting August 7th. This work is a continuation of the pipe installed last summer. Work is
scheduled to take from August 7th until September 8th.  During this time one way traffic will be maintained from 7 AM to 7 PM with two way traffic outside of these times.  Two way traffic will be in place on the weekends with weekly trench paving.

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