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Water Quality Advisory for Beaches

Water Quality Advisory effective Monday, August 15, 2022 for Scarborough beaches

The Town of Scarborough is issuing a water quality advisory for beaches after high levels of E. coli were detected in the Scarborough River during routine testing. Additional samples have been taken and results will be shared when available.

New Property Tax Law LD 290 Effective August 8

Property Tax Stabilization for Senior Citizens, also known as the Property Tax Stabilization Program, is a new State program that allows certain senior residents to stabilize, or freeze, the property taxes on their homestead. Applications will be accepted by the Town of Scarborough Assessing Office starting (but not prior to) August 8, 2022 through December 1, 2022. 

Time to Move Forward on Managing Growth

By Jon Anderson, Town Councilor

On July 13th, the Council held a workshop to review the draft terms of a GMO exemption for The Downs. The Town Manager, in consultation with Council Chair and Vice Chair, was charged to negotiate with the Downs to establish mutually agreeable terms that could allow for an exemption to the Growth Management Ordinance (GMO). This has become more complicated than it needs to be. Residents want a slower pace of growth. There has been nothing tangible offered that would convince me that a faster pace of growth is in the best interest of the general welfare of the residents. I love the idea of a vibrant “town center”, but given the feedback from the community and the risk to the Town, I’m not convinced the tradeoff is there to justify an exemption. I’m ready to vote no.

August 1 Town Newsletter

What's in store for the month ahead? Everything synonymous with summer: Beach days, farmers market Sundays, a golf and even an event dedicated to the season itself— Summerfest! Take advantage of Scarborough amenities (beaches, parks, trails, and more) in these few weeks before school starts up again. And, reluctantly or not, when you are ready to plan for Fall, be sure to check out the many program opportunities our great Community Services department has in store for you. Read on for a snapshot of current happenings.

Gorham Road Construction Resumes August 1

The Gorham Road Improvement Project will begin its next phase on August 1. Gorham Road (Route 114) will be under construction from Dragonfly Drive to Ridgeway Road. Please seek alternate routes.

Board & Committee Updates

While many Town-wide topics of interest are reviewed at the council level, most all discussions begin in municipal committees. Read our first newsletter dedicated solely on the work of our citizen boards and committees. Read on for a brief overview of what our more active committees have been working on in 2022 and their goals looking ahead.

Scarborough Police Hosted Conversation on Homelessness

On Thursday July 14, Scarborough Police Department held a “Community Conversation” in the Public Safety building. Our goal was to provide education on the growing homelessness population while collectively hearing from residents. Learn more about the presentation and statistics on homelessness in Maine.

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