TOWN OF BELGRADE
Belgrade Town Office:
Center for All
www.townofbelgrade.com December 2014
FROM THE TOWN MANAGER
of the articles being voted on at the 2015 Town Meeting will be dealing with
paving. The plan is to pave three miles
of the West road. Starting at Sunset
Grill, going south on the West Road and stopping near Jack Sutton’s
property. The road work will include
preparation work, reclaim, driveways, shoulders, pave 20’ wide by 1.5” finish
lift and a .5 shim lift.
will be the second winter season that we will be spraying a wetting solution
onto the sand/salt as its being put out onto the road. According to M-DOT,
Local Road Center, we will be using 50% less of the sand/salt mixture by
wetting the mixture. We reduced the sand allotment by 500 yards in the 2015 budget
the wetting solution helps the mixture stick to the roadway and melts the snow
from the pavement up, which makes for more slush during heavy snow periods. The
solution used is made by M-DOT at their Fairfield facility and is called
We will also be doing one
plow loop using just the wet salt solution with no sand added. This is the same
way the State maintains all their roads at this time. The changeover to salt priority from sand
priority means you’re driving conditions will change as the process will be to
melt the majority of the snow not to plow it off. The Select Board does have
the right to remove the salt priority plowing loop if they feel it’s not
working. And this year for the first
time the contractor has the right not to use straight salt if they feel it’s
YOU NEED HELP:
We are here to help residents that are having problems
making ends meet. Please do not go without food, or heat, or electricity, or
medications. Come into the Town Office and see me as we usually can help most
people one way or another. We do have some emergency funds that we can use,
usually just one time, and we have plenty of food as the Belgrade/Rome Food
Bank is doing an excellent job keeping the shelves full. And thanks to everyone that has donated to
the food bank as it was and is greatly appreciated.
Remember we offer a monthly TAX PAYMENT PLAN and you can
now get burning permits on line!
Come in and visit anytime; my door is always open. Have a great and healthy holiday season,
Corner At the General Election, held November 4th,
Belgrade voters cast 1694 votes. I
registered 120 new voters on Election Day.
Election results for the Town of Belgrade are available on our
website. For comparison 418 voters cast
a ballot in the General Election in 2013.
The next election will be in March, for the Annual Town
Meeting. Nomination papers will be
available December 24th, 2014 for the positions that follow:
Selectpersons - three year term 1
Road Commissioner- one year term
Dog licenses are due by December 31st. There is a mandatory $25.00 late fee that starts February 1st. To license your dog, we need a current rabies
certificate, and proof that he/she has been spayed or neutered. You may also register your dog online, which
is available on our website.
The Town Office will be closed for the holidays on the
days that follow:
27th & 28th - Thanksgiving
25th & 26th - Christmas
1st. & 2nd - New Years
Town Office will close at 1:00 pm on December 24th & noon on
INFORMATION - Looking for a few good people!
of the things that make Belgrade such a wonderful community is the level of
civic engagement. The people who volunteer to serve on a Town Board/Committee
help set the course of the Town’s future.
A few hours of your time can really make a difference. The Town has boards/committees that cover
nearly every topic, so you are bound to find one that fits your interests or
that can use your life experience.
Please consider joining one of the following boards/committees;
of Assessment Review has two openings
of Parks & Recreation has four openings and two Alternate positions
Committee has one opening
Station & Recycling Committee has two openings
of Assessment Review has one opening
notify the town office if you are interested or visit the town website at www.townofbelgrade.com for a committee
Town of Belgrade is now offering businesses the opportunity to advertise in the
newsletter, beginning with the first newsletter in 2015. There are four quarterly
newsletters. Businesses may submit their business card to the town office along
with a fee of $15.00 per newsletter or for the year a fee of $60. All requests for advertising must be
prepaid one month prior to the newsletter mailing. Quarterly
newsletters come out March 1st, June 1st, September 1st
and December 1st. Please
address your submission to Town of Belgrade Newsletter, 6 Manchester Road,
Belgrade, ME, 04917
checks need to be made out to “Town of Belgrade” and Attention: Mary Vogel and
addressed to, 6 Manchester Road, Belgrade, ME
“TOWN OFFICE GIVING
Town Office has a holiday "Giving Tree" to assist local teens ages 13
through 17. The tree is on display at
the Town Office and is decorated with tags for residents to choose from. Donors
must return the wrapped gift, with the tag attached, to the Town office no
later than Thursday, December 17th.
of the items requested are;
Winter Hats &
Gloves, Playing Cards, Puzzles, Board games, Arts/Craft Supplies, Country CD’s,
PG-13 and under movies, and Sports
Equipment (footballs, baseball gloves, basketballs, Ping Pong Paddles/balls,
you would like to choose a tag and cannot make it into the office, call and we
will pull a tag and write your name on it.
Any help you can provide during this holiday season, to these teens, is
appreciated. For more information, call the office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
weekdays at 495-2258.
NEWS FROM THE FIRE
Fire Department would like to remind residents to take precautions and make
sure your chimneys are clean during this winter heating season.
Other Holiday and
Christmas tree fire safety tips include:
• Making sure all exits are accessible, and not blocked by
decorations or trees.
• Keep the non-artificial trees watered. Shorts in electrical
lights or open flames can easily catch a dry, neglected tree on fire.
• Do not place the tree close to a heat source, including a
fireplace or heat vent.
• Never put branches or needles in a fireplace or wood burning
• Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots,
gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or
wear before putting them up.
* During your travel in winter months please take extra
precaution for slippery and snowy road ways
FISHERIES & WILDLIFE
Starting December 1st you
will be able to:
boats for 2015
2015 Hunting & Fishing licenses
Just a quick reminder, you can now
register snowmobiles for the 2015 season.
They all make a great holiday gifts so stop by the office to pick them
Belgrade Public Library
124 Depot Road
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-7; Wednesdays 2-6; Saturdays 10-1
It’s official! The
Library will be keeping its Saturday hours indefinitely. We have gained many new patrons and the
number of visitors to the library on Saturdays has shown the new hours to be a
success. We are so happy to continue
With Old Man Winter fast approaching, this is the perfect
time to visit the library and prepare to cuddle up with a warm blanket and a
cup of hot cocoa. Come browse the new
DVDs and Audio Books added to our collection.
Check out one of our newest bestsellers.
Grab a picture book to share with your little ones. Perhaps one of our cookbooks will inspire a
new holiday dish. Or better yet,
reenergize by joining us for book club and story time.
Did you know that the library is now a donation site for
the Belgrade Food Pantry? You can now
drop off non-perishable food and household items at the library to help others
less fortunate in your community. We are
looking forward to a great collaboration to benefit all of Belgrade.
Come join us this winter.
Some of our ongoing events include (all programs are free and open to
- Story Time & Crafts (every Thursday
morning at 10:30am)
- Minecraft (the last
Thursday of every month at 3pm)
- Book Club (second Tuesday
of every month at 10:30am)
Don’t forget that our wi-fi extends outside the building
and is available 24/7.
As always new books are being added to our collection. Check out the new titles on display or search
our catalog online at the library website.
Let us know if you have suggestions to enhance our library collection! Don’t forget to check out the library website
or our Facebook page (facebook/BelgradePublicLibrary) for more information and
Janet Patterson - Library Director
1 Center Drive
Fall has flown by here at
the Recreation Department. It is amazing
how quickly time passes when you are having fun! And we have been having tons of fun here!
Just look what is
happening every week……
Toddler Open Gym at 9:30 on Monday mornings. It is a great opportunity for little ones to
run around and play together. Moms,
Dads, Grandparents and all adults that love them are welcome to join in any
Mondays from 3:30 - 5:00pm Youth basketball open gym, adult
supervision required. Cost is $1.
Monday evenings drop in for Ping
Pong in the gym starting at 5:30pm.
Monday and Tuesday afternoons are Kids in the Kitchen Cooking
Class. Although it started as a
one afternoon class, it quickly filled up and we added a second class. We will be offering another class sometime
after the New Year.
The new Gentle Yoga Class on Wednesday mornings is so popular we
added an additional class. Now you can
join Julia Galbraith at either 9:00am or
10:00am. The 45 minute class costs
$36 for 6 weeks or $7 for drop-ins.
Wednesdays starting at 7:00pm and Sundays at 6:00pm are Adult
Basketball. These pickup games are a
$1 per night.
Thursday evenings Julia Galbraith teaches Yoga from 6 – 7pm. Cost is $50 for 6 weeks or $10 for drop-ins.
We are here each week day
for After School Enrichment Program
(ASEP) until parent pick up at 5:30pm.
We offer Kidzone from 7:30am –
5:30pm on school vacation days and teacher workshop days. We are also here on RSU #18 snow days as long
as the Town of Belgrade is open. Check
our FaceBook page for questionable days.
Special Events coming up
December 6th, marks the Belgrade
Center for All Seasons 9th Holiday Fair and Gingerbread House Contest. From 9:00am-3:00pm crafters and vendors
will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to purchase their exceptional
products. At 10:00am, our 3rd Gingerbread House Contest will kick
off. You may bring a house made at home
or decorate a house here using one of the Recreation Dept. gingerbread house
kits. Individuals, families and groups are encouraged to enter. Prizes will be awarded; judging begins at 2:00pm. There is a $10 per house entry fee. Later that day, the 17th Annual
Belgrade Lakes Village Holiday Stroll begins with the tree lighting at 4:00pm.
*Friday, December 12th
from 6:00 – 8:00pm join us for our Annual Santa Movie and Model Train
Night. This is
such an exciting evening! You can visit
with Santa and Mrs. Claus; watch the amazing model train displays provided by
the Great Falls Model Railroad Club and the Maine 3-Railers Club and enjoy
popcorn, cocoa and a movie!!! You can have
your Christmas photos taken with Santa for $5; proceeds will go towards our new
playground. This is a fantastic family
Please be sure to visit us soon!
Look for information on reduced lift
ticket prices to Sugarloaf in 2015!
Don’t forget the Pot Luck Dinner at the North Belgrade
Community Center on the second Saturday of each month. The dinner starts at 5:00pm and everyone is
Both the Community Center
for All Seasons and the North Belgrade Community Center are available for
rentals. Please contact us if you need a
If there are additional
classes or activities you would like to see offered or are willing to teach at
either facility please contact us.
Belgrade Board of Parks and Recreation meets the fourth Monday of the month at
6:00pm at the Center for All Seasons.
If you are interested in recreation in Belgrade, please join us at our
next meeting. To find out what is happening or to learn more about the
programs, call 495-3481 or visit: http://www.townofbelgrade.com/belgrade-center-for-all-seasons and be sure to like
us on Facebook. Sign up for our monthly
E-Newsletter on our website or facebook page or email your info to us at email@example.com
SPECIAL NEEDS FOOD PANTRY
The Food Pantry has seen an
increased number of clients needing our services. The reasons are many – the
end of the gardening season means local food is no longer available; colder weather
means having to spend limited funds to pay heating bills; seasonal jobs are
finished, etc. There are many reasons –
and the Food Pantry has been able to meet the needs of all who have visited. We are open Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 in
the Belgrade Town Office.
The holiday season is a busy
time at the Food Pantry –
· Our local high school
and primary school hold an annual Food Drive and the Pantry receives a large
food donation of canned and boxed goods which are essential to keeping our
shelves stocked. This involves many
hours of additional volunteer help to sort, count and stock items.
· The Pantry provides
an annual “Holiday Food Basket” for all eligible residents who have
registered. This December 16th
we will be distributing turkeys, fresh potatoes and squash, vegetables, fresh
fruit, milk, pies and all the fixins’ for a great holiday dinner. Last year over 45 baskets were
distributed. This event also takes many
· The Pantry has also
been attempting to shop regularly at Good Shepherd in Auburn where we are able
to buy substantially more product for our dollar – once again, additional time
to drive, shop and stock shelves.
Thanks to the donations of
our community we are able to continue to provide this needed service to our neighbors. It is the holiday time of year and we hope
all will remember the Food Pantry generously.
We are also always eager for new, able-bodied volunteers to help with
this valuable outreach. If you are
interested in offering your services, please call Marylou Butterfield,
Friends of the Belgrade Public Library
fundraising activities this summer, the Friends wound down the season by having
a new steel roof installed on the garage at the library. Because the garage is
a viable storage space for both the library and the Friends, we needed to make
sure that the roof, which was in need of repair, was replaced.
will have a table or two at the craft fair at the Belgrade Center for All
Seasons on Saturday, December 6th from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. We have
homemade jellies, jams and pickles, hand knit mittens and other hand knit
items; Christmas Cards, All Occasion Cards and replicas of the new library done
by Cat’s Meow, plus other items too numerous to mention.
We hope that you will come
and support the Friends for all of their hard work to maintain the new Belgrade
Public Library for the community of Belgrade. See you on December 6th at the
Society: As the new Chair of the Belgrade Historical
Society (the Society), I am pleased to say that this has been an exciting year
for the society, a year filled with accomplishments. At our annual June meeting we
reorganized…adopting new by-laws for our Society. We established a web presence at: www.belgradehistoricalsociety.org and a facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/belgradehistorical. These are good sources for you to learn more
about the history of Belgrade and our lakes region and to keep up to date with
We have been continuously updating and improving the
exhibition at the Center for all Seasons (CFAS) and have acquired display cases
and purchased new secure storage for our collection. We also provided a full
schedule of educational programs that were very well attended. (Note: We are currently developing programs for the
upcoming year. As soon as they are
finalized you will be able to view the schedule online.) We are actively working on our strategic plan
and expect to put a draft out to our membership early next year.
”We have nearly tripled the number of memberships to
nearly 100.” Note: We have membership
applications available at the CFAS or you can become a member using the
website. Our 2015 membership campaign is
beginning in December…please consider becoming an active member in the
Society. By joining you will become part
of a rejuvenated organization dedicated to preserving our history and providing
a source of educational materials for both our full-time and seasonal residents
and others who are researching our town and region.
As part of our efforts to preserve the Old Town Meeting
House, we have worked to make necessary repairs, re-setting the granite
foundation, replacing sills, replacing siding, and repairing the porch. We are now finalizing plans for our full
preservation/restoration of the facility and in the near future we hope to be
able to announce these plans and the start of our first major fund-raising
campaign to fully implement the plan.
This is truly an exciting time for our organization.
At this time I want to express my thanks and gratitude to
all who have made this a successful year and on behalf of the entire Society
wish everyone the best of Holiday Seasons
Saturday, December 6th,
- 3:00pm @ BELGRADE COMMUNITY CENTER FOR ALL SEASONS
Fair and Gingerbread House Contest! Start your
day off shopping at the Holiday Fair or entering the Gingerbread House Contest. Gingerbread House judging at 2:00 pm. Enjoy lunch & goodies in the Holiday
12:00 - 3:00pm BELGRADE REGIONAL HEALTH
CENTER ~ snowshoeing, igloo building and Olaf Snowman
Contest ~ fun Winter activities regardless of the weather! Hot Cocoa and a toasty fire too!
WINGS HILL INN ~ Cookie
Walk($): Collect a box of cookies made by local bakers to take home!
4 -7pm STROLL THE VILLAGE AND ENJOY THE HOLIDAY
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS.
4:00 PM LIGHTING THE GIANT TREE IN THE
Join the Messalonskee High School Chorus and stroll
through the Village singing carols.
PHYSICAL THERAPY and COLORSTORM PRINTING ~ Open House
& Refreshments while you wait for the Horse Drawn Wagon ride through the
KEY CLUB at Colorstorm ~make a Memorial Luminaire to put
around the Village Tree.
CHURCH ~ Chowder
tasting supper, homemade Candy Shop, & crafts.
FIRE & RESCUE AND DELTA AMBULANCE @ Marina Storage ~ Demos
REAL ESTATE @ Marina Storage will have a giving tree.
1830’S HOUSE ~ Free homemade sugar cookies and hot cranberry
spiced cider. Raffle drawing for a Holiday gift basket.
LAKES RESOURCE CENTER ~ Santa arrives at 5:00! Conservation and
local art displays, gingerbread cookies too!
~THE VILLAGE INN ~ "Warm
yourself by the fire and enjoy Complimentary Fireside Appetizers and Holiday
Punch from 4- 5 PM! Dinner Served 5 - 9 PM. Don't Miss our Last Night Of The
STORE ~ Make your own S’MORES in front of a cozy outdoor
fire! Music By Gerry Fotter! Outdoor
movie (weather permitting). Specials on
Holiday Decorating Merchandise in the Gift Shop.
~MHS ROBOTICS CLUB @ the Belgrade
Lakes Post Office ~ Demos and Chili Dogs and Waffle sales
BELGRADE LAKES WELLNESS CENTER AND DAY SPA ~ Stop in to Write A Letter To Santa and enjoy
cookies and hot cocoa.
REAL ESTATE ~ Come inside
to enjoy music by Five Foot Ficus, visit with Frosty the Snowman and have a
refreshment while you wait for the Horse Drawn Wagon to take you through the
BOAT SHOP ~ Winter Fun
Sledding on the hill at Wings Hill Inn (weather permitting).
UP FOR RAFFLES AT PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES!
Enjoy the beautiful lights and luminaries throughout the Village! Sponsored by the Belgrade Lakes Region
Business Group www.belgradelakesmaine.com
Special Thanks to the Belgrade & Rome
questionable weather check our facebook page:
News from the
Belgrade Regional Health Center
BRHC held a very successful free flu shot clinic on Saturday Oct.11, 2014
during the Harvest Festival. There is
still an ample supply of flu shot doses
available for all Health Center patients.
staff reports that the walking trial
at the BRHC is being utilized at all hours during the day and on weekends. Some use it as a good relaxer after a day at
work. It will be open during the winter
months for snowshoeing. For those who do not own snowshoes and would
like to give it a try, the staff is trying to collect a few pairs in various
sizes that can be borrowed for an hour or so.
If anyone has a pair of snowshoes that are no longer being used, you
might consider calling Wendi Wainer, the practice manager, at 495-3323.
staff will be participating in the Christmas
Stroll, Saturday December 6. There
will be winter activities at the Health Center from 12:00 – 3:00. Stop by and see them. All are welcome.
Another Dam Committee
it or not, there is actually a Dam(s) Committee! And I am not referring to the fictitious
yet gripping comic-mystery novel “The Dam Committee” and its sequel “More Dam
Trouble” by Belgrade’s very own noted author, Earl H. Smith.
Belgrade Village Spillway Dam with water flowing over the
The actual Dams Committee is an
inter-local Agreement for the management of all of the Belgrade area dams to
control those waters within our watershed.
Specifically the spillway dam in the Belgrade Lakes Village, the Wings
Mill Dam at the lower end of Long Pond, the dam at Salmon Lake and lastly, the
Oakland dam for our neighbors on Messalonskee/Snow Pond. This Agreement was adopted back on October
16,1987 by the Towns of Belgrade, Rome and Oakland, all which
available volunteer delegates.
you can well image managing the water
of the seven
in the Belgrade
is no easy
based on the many unpredictable snow and rain events, the variations in
watershed slopes, the needs of our State Departments of Environmental
Protection and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and not to mention, those of Essex
Hydro who generate local power with the Oakland dam.
make matters ‘worse’, one inch of rain falling on Great Pond actually results
in a 1.5-2” increase in Great Pond’s water level. Due to the relative mountainous and steep
slopes of the Long Pond watershed, that increase is approximately 3” for every
inch of rainfall – and it may take two to three days to see that increase. In addition, with such a runoff and due to
the hydrology involved of a lake with a gate open, it is not uncommon to see a
6” difference between the dam at Wings Mill and upper Long Pond 9 miles
with just 2 inches of rain! The reason
why your dock on upper Long Pond maybe under water yet the dam at Wings Mill
registers only 1” or so above full pond.
Wings Mill (Long Pond)
The spring objective this year was to
open the gates to allow for the inevitable Spring melt and run-off without
flooding our friends at Castle Island Camps, in particular! This summer, the Dams Committee wisely chose
to keep all of the ponds ideally 3” above full pond in the event we encountered
another dry summer – which fortunately was not the case. Full pond incidentally is when water levels
are right at the top of the respective spillways without running over.
the official Fall Lake Drawdown, the DEP mandates that by October 31st,
the lakes are drawn down to their winter levels, 1.0-1.5’ below full for Salmon
Lake and 1.5-2’ below full for both Long and Great Ponds. Of course this is an ideal and all dependent
on the whims of Mother Nature!
So please be
considerate and understanding
the hours put in by your local and, did I forget to
“volunteer” Dams Committee members as
try in all earnest to protect our beautiful Belgrade Lakes watershed! See you next summer!
Greenan, Rome delegate and Secretary,
Lakes Watershed Dams Committee
SPIRIT OF AMERICA TRIBUTE
Once again the Town will participate in the Spirit
of America Tribute, please take the time to fill out and submit your nomination
for someone who exemplifies the individual qualities of this award. This nomination is
for service to community.
Spirit of America Foundation is a public charity that was established in
Maine, to encourage and promote volunteerism.
Its recognition program has spread through more than twenty-six cities
and towns in Maine. The Spirit of America Foundation Tribute historically is
presented to honor local Individual(s), organization (s) and /or projects for
community service. The award recognizes individuals and organizations in
appreciation of exemplary community service.
Please submit your nomination to the town office by March
Town of Belgrade
Spirit of America Tribute
drop this form off at the Belgrade Town Office or mail it to 6 Manchester Road,
Belgrade, ME 04917
TOWN OF BELGRADE FALL
Belgrade Town Office: 495-2258
Center for All Seasons: 495-3481
Belgrade Library: 495-3508
Belgrade Transfer Station: 495-3326
Website: www.townofbelgrade.com September 2014
NOTES FROM THE TOWN MANAGER
Report on the
Belgrade Transfer Station: This year we started taking Maine Stream Waste (MSW)
from the Town of Rome along with their recyclables. Belgrade Residents have
increased their recycling to the point that we have a huge increase in the
amount of recyclables coming into the facility. Because of the demand at the
recycling building the Select Board voted to open the transfer station to the
public on Thursdays from noon to five.
This action didn’t increase the cost of running the facility as the
workers were already working on that day from seven to three. The workers now
come in at 9:00 a.m. and process recyclables until noon (12:00 p.m.) then are
open to the public until 5:00 p.m..
Select Board has directed me to work up a complete cost analysis of installing
truck scales at the transfer station. Everything we have removed from the
transfer station is billed to us by the pound and we have no way of weighing
anything; so, we are measuring loads and charging by the cubic foot. The huge problem with this method is that
different items have different weights. A cubic foot of pressure treated wood
is a lot heavier than a cubic foot of pine boards and we are charging the same
rate for both items.
cost of the scales installed along with a scaling building and the earth work
is estimated to be in the $50,000.00 range. We will know more about better of
the cost once the cost analysis report is completed. We would also have to have
an employee stationed at the scales who is a licensed scalier and the location
of the scales is also a problem as we don’t want to change our present traffic
flow pattern into the facility.
Too Good to Throw
“Too Good to Throw Away”, shop is way too small for the amount of goods being
dropped off and picked up there. Some of
the Select Board members want to close the shop because of the operational
problems caused by the volume of items while others are open to
discussion. We do have a cement pad that
is currently being using as a drop off area for item that have freon. We could
build a building on that cement pad that would be big enough to handle the flow
of free items being dropped off and picked up which should fix the present
operational problems with overflow items being left outside. We would be
looking at a 24 ft X 24 ft building designed like a two vehicle garage with a
side door and a couple of windows. The
cement pad is already in place; so, we would have to put down a row of cement blocks
then either purchase a garage package or have a garage built.
main reason we developed the Solid Waste and Recycling Committee was to help
reduce the cost of running the transfer station. Over the years the Committee
has greatly reduced the overall operational cost of the facility and it now
seems there is only one change left that should be addressed that being
MANDITORY RECYCLING. We already have in place mandatory clear bags and the
Commercial Haulers are suppose to keep their customers recycling items
separated as they pick them up. Some of
the commercial haulers do a good job at recycling while others don’t. Most residents do a good job at recycling
with most items; however, a lot of glass containers are not being recycled and
they are heavy and costly items going into the MSW hopper.
believe the Committee is going to recommend to the Select Board that mandatory
recycling needs to be implemented in order to reduce our cost of running the
facility. We presently raise over $100,000 for tipping and trucking fee for the
disposal of MSW and the Committee believes we could help reduce that cost if we
had mandatory recycling. Mandatory
recycling can only be approved by a vote at Town Meeting.
would be greatly appreciated if you would take the time and complete the
following questionnaire: Please drop off
the completed questionnaire at town office or at the transfer station –thank
_________________________________: I am a property owner in Belgrade.
Do you support the purchase of truck scales for the transfer station? ___Yes ___N0
Vote to close down the Too Good to Throw Away Shop? ____Yes ___No
to build a bigger building for the Too Good to Throw Away Shop? ___yes ___No
Town Warrant article asking to implement mandatory recycling? ___Yes ___No
Burton has been hired to fill the new position of Firefighter 1& 2 / Paramedic
for the Town of Belgrade. He was employed by Delta Ambulance Service serving as
their Captain; he also has eighteen years of service with the Belgrade Fire
Department.Travis will be working four days a week in 10 hour shifts and we
have several per-diem paramedics signed up to work the fifth 10 hour shift
giving the Town 50 hours a week of scheduled rescue service. We have purchased
a new rescue vehicle which should be in service in late October of this year.
believe all of our, “Welcome to Belgrade” sign have been installed. We still
have some base work to do on a couple of them by adding some blocks &
shrubs and we are going to light the CFAS sign.
We still have a four foot wide two sided sign for the North Belgrade
Community Center left to install.
just completed having the other half of the Peninsula Park lot surveyed (south
side towards Day’s Store) and will be installing a fence along that side of our
lot from RT # 27 to Upper Long Pond. This section is about 0.7 acres in size
and will be opened up to the public once the fence is installed. Opening up the
south side of the Peninsula Park lot will greatly increase public access to
Upper Long Pond. The Town also owns a
small piece of land on Great Pond directly across the road from this section of
Peninsula Park. We are also looking at using this land in some way to serve the
Select Board has directed me to contact several land owners to see if they
would be interested in selling their property to the Town for the purpose of
building a new Town Office. All the
locations were chosen due to their central location in the Town and their size
as parking is very important for a Town office. The Select Board would like to
have two or three location to present to the voters at our next Town meeting
and let the voters decide which location they want. The Town of Greene has offered to give us
their building plans and we have made several trips down to their office to
view the design.
was our intention to have the paving projects completed in August as we bid out
the paving package in early June. A long
wet season along with a lot more pre paving repairs than expected has caused us
to go into September before the paving project could be done. I have been told
that September 22 will be starting day for our paving program and the paving
should be completed that week contingent on the weather. We apologize to the
residents of the Chandler Road who have had to put up with dust for the entire
summer season, but the contractor would not come into Belgrade until all the
roads were ready to be paved at one time. We appreciate your patience.
those of you who like to set off fireworks at all hours of the night and set
them off over your neighbor’s property or out over one of the lakes, please
take notice! At this point the Select
Board has chosen to not act on the complaints that have been coming into the
office dealing with fireworks. (I believe if this continues the Board may take
some action). This is a common sense issue to me. Don’t fire rockets over your
neighbor’s property; as they are picking up the pieces and bring them into me
in baggies. Don’t fire them off over the water into some ones sail boat mask or
power boat. Stop setting them off prior to 10:00 p.m. or so at night just out
of common sense. It will be too bad if a select few force the Select Board into
taking action against setting off fireworks as a whole. Common sense people common sense! Remember we
offer a monthly TAX PAYMENT PLAN and you can now get burning permits on line!
in and visit anytime; my door is always open. Have a great and healthy Fall!
Gill, Town Manager
from the Town Clerk:
The General Election is held nationally on the first Tuesday
following the first Monday in November. In 2014, voters will elect the
Governor, one United States Senator, United States Representatives to Congress,
members of the Maine Legislature (Senators and Representatives) and certain
county officers. County officers may include Judge of Probate, Register of
Probate, County Treasurer, Register of Deeds, Sheriff, District Attorney and
County Commissioner. Absentee ballots will be available 30 – 45 days
before the general election at the town office.
You can apply for an absentee ballot in person, online, by mail or by
telephone. The last day an absentee
ballot may be requested is October 30th. An absentee ballot is available after this
day for special circumstances, only.
Voting will be held at the Center for all Seasons from 8:00 am to 8:00
Boston Post Gold cane is given to the oldest accepting resident of the
community. Howard Boston is the latest
willing recipient. He was awarded the cane on July 15, 2014. His daughter, Selectman Ernest Rice, former
Town Clerk, Cheryl Cook and I were in attendance. Legislature Dennis L. Keschl
provided Mr. Boston with a legislative sentiment.
behalf of the Board of Selectpersons, the Town Manager and Town Office Staff, I
would like to congratulate Mr. Boston for being awarded this honor.
Please welcome the
“New” Transfer Station Manager Kenneth Scheno, he is from Mount Vernon and
has several years of experience in solid waste operations.
New Additional Hours have been implemented
at the Transfer Station in addition to the Wednesdays from 11 am to 7 p.m. and
Saturdays from 7 am to 3 p.m., the Transfer Station will now be open on
Thursdays from 12 p.m. (Noon) until 5 p.m.
These new hours will continue until Columbus Day in October. Then will
begin again the 1st week of May.
Hazardous Household Waste Collection Program October 2014
Town of Belgrade will be participating in a “Hazardous Household Waste Collection Program” this year. This event is being hosted by the Kennebec Valley Council of Governments
is an important event that provides citizens with the opportunity to dispose of
many items that the local Transfer Station and Recycling Center may not/does not accept. Such items include: oil/alkyd based paints
(no latex); stains, paint strippers/thinners; solvents (e.g. acetone),
varnishes and lacquers; wood preservatives; adhesives, waste fuels (kerosene,
gasoline, and diesel); degreasers and brake fluids; antifreeze; poisons,
insecticides, weed killers, pesticides, moth balls; many types of chemicals;
compressed gas cylinders, and many other items.
information about this program will be available at the Town Office on or about
October 1st. Remember you
need to pre-register at the Town Office to participate in the program. The location is yet to be determined. The Town will pay for the first unit (one
five-gallon container) for the first 25 (twenty-five) people that sign-up for
the program. This is a $27.50 value.
Notes from the
IF&W Agent: Snowmobile stickers
are available for registering for the 2014-2015 season. For those of you
interested in purchasing Recreational licenses they should be available by the
first of December.
Notes from the Tax
A reminder that 2014
Property taxes are due September 12th, interest begins the next day. We do accept credit
cards, with a 2.45% convenience fee. You may also pay online at townofbelgrade.com
and click on online services. You may use either a credit/debit card with the
convenience fee or your checking account for a fee of $1.50. You will need to
have your Real Estate account number to use the system.
Tax Relief Programs:
Town will set up a formal tax club upon your request, which provides tax payers
an opportunity to pay monthly, with interest accruing as normal or you may set
up your own payment schedule and send in monthly payments, please just enclose
your account number so payments may be properly applied. Please call the Town
Office for more information on either program.
Homestead Exemption: This program provides
a measure of property tax relief for individuals that have owned homestead
property in Maine for at least twelve months and make the property they occupy
on April 1st (first) their permanent residence. Property owners
would receive an exemption of $10,000. This program is not income based and
is available for all Maine Residents who meet the criteria. The forms are
available at the Town Office prior to April 1st to receive this
benefit. If you have already applied there is no need to send in an application
annually, once you receive this benefit, you will get it every year.
Veteran’s Exemption: This program
provides an exemption to residents who are veterans. The application is available at the Municipal
Office and on the Town of Belgrade website.
Requirement for this application is that you provide a copy of your
DD214 prior to April 1st of the year.
“Fall Lake Drawdown Activities”
Throughout the year our Dams Committee is actively
working and maintaining water levels on our lakes. However, there are three planned activities
that create public interest. These are
Lake Drawdown and Winter Management activities, Spring Refill, and our Summer
Water Level Management practices. The
Committee is now preparing for FALL LAKE DRAWDOWN activities.
Pursuant to the Belgrade Area Dams Committee’s
Water Management Plan,
Section I – FALL Draw downs and WINTER STORAGE of
the plan specifies that:
- “The primary objective of fall and winter water management is to
lower the lakes to accommodate increased rainfall and runoff which occurs
in the fall and again in late winter and early spring.” FALL DRAWDOWN
ACTIVITIES WILL DEPEND ON THE AMOUNT OF RAINFALL RECEIVED IN THIS AREA.
- Optimum drawdown levels:
SALMON LAKE - 1.0 to 1.5 feet below Spillway
Great Pond - 1.5 to 2.0
feet below spillway
Long Pond - 1.5 to 2.0
feet below Spillway
- Water level limits – At no time shall the lakes be drawn down lower
SALMON LAKE - 1.5 feet below
Great Pond - 2.5 feet
Long Pond - 2.5 feet
- General management programs: Draw downs must end by October 31st
to avoid adversely affecting fish and wildlife. Therefore, whatever lake level is achieved
by October 31st will be the lowest level at which the lake may
be kept throughout the winter, unless an unusual amount of rainfall in
September and October force emergency provision for additional
drawdown. Note: While there are more restrictive requirements
as to what levels must be achieved by various dates, due to significant
public interest in providing for lake use through Columbus Day weekend,
the Dams Committee has and will continue to try to meet the needs of
lake-side residents and, depending on water levels and the weather will
endeavor to manage water levels to minimize any impacts through Columbus
Day each year.
This “Public Notice” is provided as an on-going
attempt by the Belgrade Area Dams Committee’s to keep you informed of their
water level management activities for our lakes. If you have any questions about these
activities please contact your Town Office or the member of the Committee that
represents your town:
Belgrade:495-2258 Rome:397-4011 Oakland:465-7357
Dennis Purington Timothy
Comeford Donald Borman
Doug McCafferty Jack
George Hoy Richard
124 Depot Road
HOURS: Tuesdays and
Thursdays 10-7; Wednesdays 2-6; Saturdays 10-1
hard to believe that summer is almost gone and fall will be right around the
had a fantastic summer at the library with authors such as Susan Poulin, Paul
Betit, and Richard Beeman. Special
programs from Dinoman and Mad Science brought big crowds for our summer
reading. We were excited to offer a
glimpse of eReaders and Tablets at our Technology Zoo program as well as an
opportunity to participate in our Science Experiments program and a step
towards safety with our Child Identification program this summer. Our Story Time/Crafts programs and Minecraft
programs expanded imaginations and encouraged creativity. All in a short ten weeks!
school libraries even loaned us some of their books over the summer. This increased our collection by 225 items
during that ten week span – all of which were very popular! With schools and towns all facing budgetary
limitations, this collaboration enabled us to broaden our resources available
while allowing the community to utilize their tax dollars in multiple
ways. Many thanks to school librarians
Sylvia Jadczak, Liz McMahon, and Kate Bailey for this opportunity!
that’s not enough, we are expanding outside.
The library added a beautiful blue bicycle rack this summer and some
outside patio furniture. Bike on down
and get comfy with a good book in the sunshine.
If computers and eBooks are your preference, no problem! Don’t forget that our wi-fi extends outside
the building and is available 24/7.
library is also happy to announce that, beginning in September, we are becoming
a donation site for the Belgrade Food Pantry.
You can now drop off non-perishable food and household items at the
library to help others less fortunate in your community. We are looking forward to a great
collaboration to benefit all of Belgrade.
join us this fall. Some of our ongoing
events include (all programs are free and open to the public):
- Story Time &
(every Thursday morning at 10:30am)
- Minecraft (the last
Thursday of every month at 3pm)
- Book Club (second Tuesday
of every month at 10:30am)
always new books are being added to our collection. Check out the new titles on display or search
our catalog online at the library website.
Let us know if you have suggestions to enhance our library
collection! Don’t forget to check out
the library website or our Facebook page (facebook/BelgradePublicLibrary) for
more information and updates.
Patterson - Library Director
Belgrade Recreation Department
1 Center Drive
Belgrade, Maine 04917
summer of 2014 was spectacular! Children attending Camp Golden Pond and Camp
Loon for Teens were able to enjoy swimming, field trips, boating and just being
kids. New this summer, Great Pond Yacht
Club offered Youth Sailing Camp. It was
wonderful to see the excitement in the eyes of the new sailors and we look
forward to collaborating with them again next year. Many thanks to the camp staff and volunteers
that made this summer fun for all of the children that attended; you have added
special memories to their lives.
After School Enrichment Program (ASEP)
has begun. School age children can come
to the Belgrade Community Center for All Seasons right off the Belgrade Central
School bus. Once here, children are
given a healthy snack, time do their homework, have the opportunity to play
games inside and out, and work on crafts until parent pickup at 5:30pm. We also offer Kidzone from 7:30 – 5:30 on
school vacation days and teacher workshop days.
is bringing many programs and events to the Rec. Dept. some old favorites and
Ping Pong at 5:30pm and beginning September 15 ~ 9:30am Toddler Open Gym
~ Pickleball at 5:30pm and beginning
September 23 ~ 3:30pm Kids in the
Kitchen Cooking Class for grades K – 5
~ Adult basketball at 7:00pm and
beginning September 17 ~ 10 - 10:45am
Low Impact/Gentle Yoga
~ Bridge at 12:30pm and Yoga at 6:00pm
On September 16, 17 or 18 ~ 3:00 - 4:45pm our
new Drama Club will have interviews & tryouts for parts in the
fractured fairy tale “Cinderella or the
Story of Bigfoot”. Drama Club will then begin meeting on Mondays and Fridays starting September 22
at 3:30pm, with a dinner theater/public performance on November 15th.
the Community Center for All Seasons:
September 13 ~ 4 - 7:00pm Elvis Tribute
Artist - EP Rock will be performing for a Team
Hallowell Fundraiser for the Dempsey Challenge
September 27 ~ 6:00pm Friends of John Skinner
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser & Auction
September 30 ~ 8:00am Bus Trip to Fryeburg
Fair leaving the Center for All Seasons at 8:00 am and returning at
6:30pm. Admission to the fair that day
is free for seniors over 65 years of age, however all ages are invited to make
the bus trip with us. Cost is $20 for Belgrade residents and $23 for
non-residents. Please be sure to contact
us early if you would like to go.
October 11th is Harvest Festival, with
fun family activities at the Center between 11:00am and 2:00pm. There will be a bounce house, pumpkin
carving, food, scarecrow stuffing, touch-a-truck, and so much more.
the Belgrade PTO/Rec Dept. Halloween
Party on October 24th and the Teen Zombie Dance the 25th
Sunday, November 9th we have a bus
trip to Boston on VIP Charter Bus, leaving the Center for All
Seasons at 7am return around 9pm, $45 per person.
are additional classes or activities you would like to see offered or are
willing to teach at either facility please contact us.
forget the Pot Luck Dinner at the North
Belgrade Community Center on the second Saturday of each month. The dinner starts at 5:00pm and everyone is
Belgrade Board of Parks and Recreation meets the fourth Monday of the month at
6:00pm at the Center for All Seasons.
If you are interested in recreation in Belgrade, please join us at our
next meeting on September 22nd.
out what is happening or to learn more about the programs and fees, call
495-3481 or visit: http://www.townofbelgrade.com/belgrade-center-for-all-seasons and be sure to like
us on Facebook.
“The Town would like to thank the Board and Committee
Volunteers who have stepped down from their positions this year, the town
appreciates your willingness to support town government by volunteering!”
For those of you who are interested in participating, we
have several openings; Board of Assessment Review (2), Board of Parks &
Recreation (2 Alternate Positions) and Transfer Station & Recycling
from our Lake Associations
Friends of Messalonskee Report - 30,000
Pounds and Still Counting
of Messalonskee greatly appreciates the Belgrade volunteers, Belgrade
businesses, the Town of Belgrade and FOM “friends” for making our efforts
possible this year. We have pulled over 30,000 pounds of milfoil, placed burlap
barriers, weighted with burlap sandbags, mapped several miles of shore line,
and unfortunately discovered many new areas of milfoil infestation.
all this possible were three interns, a licensed diver and a recent Marine
Biology graduate, an assistant boat captain, all from Unity College, and a
certified hookah diver and local resident. They worked collaboratively this
summer to map the shoreline for invasive aquatic plants and put in over 110
hours of Courtesy Boat Inspection (CBI) time at the boat launch ramps. Neighbors volunteered, hand-pulling and
filling onion bags with milfoil while The DASH boat (Diver Assisted Suction
Harvester) hummed, chugged and gurgled while vacuuming and separating the
invasive species from its home. The DASH
was put to work in various coves around the lake including the launch area and
boat channel headed toward the Route 27 Bridge. The adjacent marsh and Black
Tern Habitat were also areas of DASH activity.
Libby, FOM board member has coordinated a milfoil site visit to Lake Messalonskee
with the commissioners of Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and
Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IF&W) to view a typical infestation of
variable milfoil and see first hand the potential destruction of the watershed.
are seeking “Cove Coordinators”, who might be boaters, swimmers, dock walkers
and property owners to adopt a cove and keep an eye out for invasive
plants. We will provide you with plant
ID cards and onion bags, like those on the DASH boat, to pick up and contain
fragments. Scopes are available as well to aid and locate milfoil at the bottom
of the lake. Contact Ned Hammond 660
5069 or Janna Townsend 465 0928 for more information or updates. Please visit our website;
Conservation Alliance (BRCA)
continues to work in partnership with Belgrade Lakes Association and Friends of
Messalonskee to remove variable milfoil from Great Pond, Belgrade Stream, and
Messalonskee Lake. During the summer of 2014, over 10,000 gallons of
milfoil was removed from the Great Meadow Stream and Great Pond, significantly
decreasing the size of the milfoil infestation in this area. Efforts were
increased, thanks in part to funding from the Town of Belgrade, for removing
milfoil from Messalonskee Lake and Belgrade Stream. Priority areas this
year in the Belgrade Stream and Messalonskee Lake include:
Boat launches (both public and unofficial launch sites);
Areas close to uninfested waterbodies (the area next to Wing’s Mill Dam); and
Endangered wildlife habitat (Black Tern and Least Bittern habitat in
also built a Diver Assisted Suction Harvester (DASH) boat this year for doing
milfoil removal work. This boat was built with technical support from
staff at Colby College, and with funds from a USFWS grant, BRCA membership
contributions, and contributions from the Belgrade Lakes Association.
This new DASH will help increase efficiency and the effectiveness of our
Milfoil Program. Stay tuned for year-end program reports in the December
newsletter, and contact BRCA at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information. Thank you
Belgrade Historical Society
Belgrade Historical Society has had a productive year. Beginning with a
fascinating program on Maine Horse
Soldiers in the Civil War in January, eight additional programs were
scheduled for 2014. An ambitious membership campaign has doubled the number of
memberships, and at our Annual Meeting in June, members approved changes to our
by-laws to operate with a Board of Directors. The current Chair is former
Belgrade Town Manager and representative to the Maine Legislature, Dennis
Since that time, the Board has been
working hard in several areas. New archival storage units have been added to
the Belgrade History Room at the Center for All Seasons, with a plan to have as
large a portion of our collections as possible there when we open the room on a
regular basis for those interested in learning more about Belgrade’s history.
Curator Nancy Mairs has been assisted by other volunteers in organizing and
cataloging various documents and artifacts in our collection, some of which are
on display in this room.
The Belgrade Historical Society is
dedicated to the preservation of the Old Town House on Cemetery Road, where
town meetings were held as early as 1815. Thanks to assistance from Hammond
Lumber, in the last year volunteers were able to remove large water tank from
the building, and the Town of Belgrade rebuilt the porch in time for
traditional Memorial Day Services.
Perhaps the highlight of our 2014
achievements has been the creation of a Belgrade Historical Society website.
For updates on upcoming events plus historical information and images, click on
“Alvah Watson and William Withers of Belgrade
(front seat) and friends returning from a successful hunting trip in the early
News from the Belgrade Regional
Many exciting things are
happening at the Belgrade Health Center all in an effort to help patients and
the community at large to lead a healthier lifestyle.
- A walking trail that follows the
perimeter of the property has recently been completed and open for anyone
to use. It is ADA accessible and will be open year round. Snowshoes and
cross country skis will be welcome in the winter months. It is an easy
walk through both a wooded area and out in the open. Enjoy the walk and
watch the seasons change.
- A new Healthy Gains class has
just begun which helps patients monitor their health issues, learn about
healthy lifestyles, diet , and exercise. Members can also take part in an
exercise program run by Jill Rancourt, a physical fitness trainer, at
Dockside in Belgrade Lakes. The next class will begin on Wednesday
November 12 from 5-6:30.
- A Cooking Matters course is also
available where participants learn to prep ingredients, cook healthy
meals, eat the meals, visit a local Hannaford to learn tips for stretching
a dollar and taking home a bag of groceries to prepare one of the meals
from the class.
- A Living Well Series has also
been well attended to help individuals with chronic illnesses such as
diabetes, chronic pain, and high blood pressure controls their situation
to make their lives more comfortable and manageable.
- A Pre-Diabetes Prevention Class was also brought
to the health center to help individuals learn skills to prevent diabetes.
These classes had full attendance. Call the BRHC to see when the next
class might begin.
- The annual Flu Shot Clinic will
take place from 9:00 – 12:00 on Oct. 11, the same day as the October Fest
in Belgrade. This is open to the public and free.
- Remember that the health center also
offers Behavioral Health Services.
Belgrade Regional Health Center is accepting new patients both adults
and children. Call for information on any of these programs that might be
on interest to you. 495-3323
Friends of the
Belgrade Public Library
The Friends of the Belgrade Public Library
would like to thank the people and visitors of Belgrade for another successful
fundraising season. The money raised will assist in the maintenance of the
building and provide for a new roof for the garage. Again our thanks!
Public Service Announcement
Whether you are a resident of Belgrade, a
surrounding town, or just concerned, John & Cindy Skinner need our
help. John is currently at Tufts Medical
Center in Boston undergoing treatment for Amyloidosis, a rare bone marrow
disorder, which will take several months.
John is receiving his treatment he will not be working and his income will be
drastically reduced. Friends of John
would like to help! On September 27th,
Friends of John Skinner will be holding a free spaghetti dinner with dessert
and a silent auction; a donation of any amount would be greatly appreciated and
ALL proceeds from this event
will go directly to John and Cindy to defray medical costs which are
join Friends of John Skinner at the Center for All Seasons on Friday September
27th, 5:00pm to 7:00pm and bring your appetites. Cards and letters (no flowers)
can be sent to John Skinner, Tufts Medical Center, North 8 Room 8037, 800
Washington St., Boston, MA 02111.