Selectmen’s Meeting 03/24/20

The Selectmen’s Meeting for tonight is cancelled due to COVID-19 and the Town Office being closed to the public. We are looking for a way to host the meeting through a telephone conference or online for next meeting.

Thank you for your understanding!

Effective 03/17/20

The Town Office will be closed to the public as of 03/17/20. Essential services will still be provided and run as usual. We will be using the library drop box to receive all paperwork and payments required to conduct business, as the library will be closed. We are asking that everyone call the Town Office (246-4401) to see what is needed, how much the service will cost, and for any questions or concerns. We will also be receiving payments for taxes, registrations etc via mail as usual. We would also like to let people know that Inland Fisheries & Wildlife are capable of processing hunting, fishing, and registrations directly through their website if you are not a new customer (https://www.maine.gov/ifw/hunting-trapping/licenses-permits/index.html) and the State of Maine offers re-registration services (https://www1.maine.gov/online/bmv/rapid-renewal/). Using online services will reduce face to face contact and the spread of the virus. I’d like to remind everyone not to panic, but to take this seriously and adhere to the recommendation of social distancing. This will remain in effect until 03/31/20, and then we will re-assess. Thank you.

COVID-19

We wanted to give you all some helpful information in regards to the COVID-19 virus. I find it beneficial to be proactive rather than reactive in regards to illness. Remember to always wash your hands, be careful not to touch your face, and always cover your coughs and sneezes. Drink plenty of fluids, and do please stay home if you are running a fever or vomiting. It’s recommended to only return to work or school if you are symptom free for 24 hours. Please note that the CDC website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html) is an extremely useful place to gather reputable knowledge such as symptoms and prevention of COVID-19.

This is also available if people have questions. From the Maine.gov website

MAINE GOVERNMENT NEWS

211 now available to answer general questions about COVID-19

March 11, 2020
Human Services

Maine has no confirmed cases

AUGUSTA – The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) and 211 Maine announced today a new option for Mainers to get answers to questions about the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at any time. This service is available by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your ZIP code to 898-211, or emailing info@211maine.org.

Maine has no confirmed cases or presumptive positive tests for COVID-19. Maine CDC will inform the public if positive tests are confirmed and will offer regular updates on testing recommendations. The number of COVID-19 tests for Maine people will be updated daily Monday through Friday on Maine CDC’s coronavirus webpage.

211 Maine is a free, confidential information and referral service that connects people of all ages across Maine to local services. Maine CDC worked closely with 211 Maine to incorporate answers to general questions about COVID-19 to the 211 resource. Calls, texts, and emails to 211 are answered 24/7 by a person here in the state.

211 Maine is equipped to answer general questions about the 2019 novel coronavirus, including how Maine people can best protect themselves, options for testing, and travel considerations. Anyone looking for specific medical advice regarding symptoms they may be experiencing is strongly urged to call their medical provider, an urgent care center, or 911, depending on the severity of their symptoms.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, shortness of breath, and lower respiratory distress. Health care providers will make the initial determination on whether COVID-19 testing is advisable. In cases where it is, medical providers will alert the Maine CDC to coordinate testing. As appropriate, health providers will take samples and submit them to Maine CDC.

The best thing that Maine people can do to protect their health is to take the same preventive measures that help to avoid catching a cold: Wash your hands often. Cover coughs and sneezes. Stay home if you are sick.

Maine CDC continues comprehensive planning to ensure Maine is ready should the virus affect people here. Governor Janet Mills has convened a Coronavirus Response Team, led by Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah, charged with coordinating State government’s response across departments and local agencies and health authorities to the potential spread of COVID-19.

For more information

Contact 211 Maine for answers to frequently asked questions on COVID-19:

AED’s to Eustis

EUSTIS – At a recent meeting of the Eustis Selectmen, Stratton-Eustis Lions Club President, Sally Iverson, presented two Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Units to Select Chairman, Stephen St. Jean and Selectman, Jeffrey Lecander, for the town of Eustis and Stratton Village for the use of the public in emergency situations. 
The Lions purchased the units with a $1,000 Sugarloaf Charitable Trust grant and an additional $473 from their activity fund.
The AED units will be stored and available to the public at the Pines Market and Flagstaff General Store because of their extended hours of operation and seven days a week availability.  The stores will have prominent signs notifying the public that the units are available there and will have easy to follow operating instructions included with each unit.  When needed, the units can be checked out for emergency situations or while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. 
“We are excited and happy to present these units to the town” said Lion President, Iverson.  “We enjoy following our motto ‘We Serve’ when it comes to this community”  she continued. (The Original Irregular)

Sally Iverson also explained that she would like to thank the members of the community since they played a role in the donations for the AED through collecting bottles and cans! Thanks everyone for making this happen!

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Annual Town Meeting

Annual Town Meeting will be hosted at the Community Building on Saturday March 7th at 9:00 am.

Voting for Selectmen will occur on Friday March 6th from 4pm-8pm.

Agenda 02/25/20

Agenda: Selectmen’s Meeting

Date: February 25th, 2020

#1 Accept Minutes from 01/28/20 + 02/11/20

#2 Community Building

#3 SeaCoast Security Panel

#4 Tax Commitment

#5 Animal Control Officer

#6 Plowing at Bottom of Ridge Road

#7 Sally Iverson/AED’s

#8 General Assistance Ordinance

Sign Town Warrants and Water Department Warrants.

Other Business:     

Agenda 02/11/20

Agenda: Selectmen’s Meeting

Date: February 11th, 2020

#1 Accept Minutes from 1/28/20

#2 Community Building

#3 SeaCoast Security Panel

#4 Tax Commitment

#5 Animal Control Officer

Sign Town Warrants and Water Department Warrants.

Other Business:     

Nomination Papers

Nomination papers available December 12th for the following positions:

Selectman: 2 positions available for a 3 year term.

School Board: 1 positions available for a 3 year term.

Planning Board: 1 position available for a 3 year term.
1 position available for a 2 year term.

All nomination papers need to be returned to the Town Office by January 21st, 2020 with at least 25 resident signatures, and no more than 75.

07/30/19 Agenda

Agenda: Selectmen’s Meeting

Date: July 30th, 2019

#1 Accept Minutes from 07/16/19

#2 Will Schnorr/John Nile

#3 Beverly Lavigne

Sign Town Warrants and Water Department Warrants.

Other Business:

NECEC Meeting

New England Clean Energy Connect Informational Meeting

When: August 28th, 2019 at 6pm

Where: Eustis Community Building

Central Maine Power (CMP) is proposing to build a 145-mile, high-voltage, direct current transmission line, called the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC), from Quebec to an interconnection with the existing New England grid in Lewiston. This informational meeting will allow representatives to present information and answer questions.

Planning Board Site Visit

Notice

Eustis Planning Board will be conducting a site visit at 49 Eustis Village Road. Map U17 Lot 30 to view proposed campground site. Submitted by Steve Joyal. Site visit will be on Wednesday July 24th, 2019 at 4:30 pm.

07/16/19 Agenda

Agenda: Selectmen’s Meeting

Date: July 16th, 2019

#1 Accept Minutes from 07/02/19

#2 Paving

#3 CMP Informational Hearing

#4 Executive Session

Sign Town Warrants and Water Department Warrants. Other Business:

07/02/19 Agenda

Agenda: Selectmen’s Meeting

Date: July 2nd, 2019

#1 Accept Minutes from 06/18/19

#2 James Brochu

#3 July 4th Holiday

#4 Stratton Plaza

Sign Town Warrants and Water Department Warrants.

Other Business:

In Remembrance~

Sharon Marie (Hanscom) Farnsworth passed on June 19, 2019 at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine with her husband of 44 years holding her hand. Sharon was a beautiful and wonderful wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend. So humble and Kind. With open heart and hands, she provided care and attention to so many others. Sharon was born on February 24, 1956 at Bar Harbor hospital to Albert Raymond Hanscom III and Alice Lilian Fox and attended elementary schools in Ellsworth and then Trenton on the mainland but did graduate from Mount Desert Island High School in 1974 where her favorite subject was Home Economics. After graduating she began work at the Bar Harbor hospital in food services. On April 12, 1975 she married Peter Bion Farnsworth of Bar Harbor. They married at the little white country church in Trenton, Maine that Sharon loved to attend while growing up in Trenton. She then went with Peter up to Clayton Lake-T11 R14, in the North Maine Woods between the Allagash and St. John Rivers where Peter was employed as a Forest Technician for International Paper Co. and set up home in a tiny 8’ X 38’ mobile home. Sharon loved living at Clayton Lake where there were only 7 other permanent residents. She loved going out to Quebec, Canada to eat at the small French-Canadian restaurant in St. Justine. Margo Holden had been living at Clayton Lake for many years and had raised her children there and now took Sharon under her wing and taught her to be a Maine north woods woman. It was here that Sharon assisted Margo at the post office, registered deer and bear, went fishing and rambling the woods roads with her friend Paule, collected bugs for the Maine Forest Service entomology department, learned to fire a shotgun at a partridge, met her first bear and moose, picked fiddleheads, worked on all her sewing and needlepoint and embroidery crafts, and canoed and camped on the Allagash and St. John rivers. It was here at Clayton Lake that Sharon earned her CB radio handle of “Colgate Lady” for her dazzling “Colgate smile”. Sharon took part in establishing the library at Clayton Lake. Sharon and Peter’s first of 3 children- Sarah was born in Presque Isle in 1978 and is their “Clayton Lake/Allagash” baby. In 1980 Sharon supported Peter when he left Clayton Lake to go to Maine Bible Institute and see where life and God’s direction might lead them. It led them to Hartland-St. Albans area where Joshua was born at Waterville, Maine in 1981. In the last year of bible school, they moved to Greenfield, Maine where Peter was a student pastor of a small country church and Katherine was born in 1983 at Bangor, Maine. In August of 1983, after bible school, they moved to Stratton, Maine. It was here that for the next 36 years Sharon continued her work of caring and supporting her community. She worked tirelessly behind the scenes as a young pastor’s wife, raised her children and cared for a host of other children. Her door as well as her hands and heart were always open to anyone in need of care. She was a safe haven for many. She got involved in the local school, assisted in the library, worked as a cued speech assistant, helped with dispatch and support of the fire department. She absolutely loved to travel with Vernon Bean and Scotty Spatcher to help set up fireworks shows. She helped with elder care, literacy volunteers and cooked many a meal for a lot of folks. She became famous for her potato casserole recipe she obtained from her Kansas son-in-law Clinton. While living at Coburn Gore, Maine when Peter was working for the Immigration Service and Customs Service, she became the “Den Mother” to many of the officers stationed at the Port of Entry. Sharon loved to knit and sew and do craft projects. She loved to read and enjoyed being the assistant for her dear friend Wendy who is the Librarian of the Stratton Public Library. Sharon also loved her annual quilt shop hop trips around the state with Peter and her friends Liz and Sandi, and Tony and Frida. She loved going to camp at Donnell Pond, Franklin, Maine. She loved being a grandmother and a favorite aunt to her 4 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and nephews. She loved friends and family. Picnics and dances. Country music not Classic. Birds and animals especially horses. Wind towers and Peace and quiet. In 2001 Sharon underwent her first heart procedure to correct a misfiring electrical heart impulse. In 2014 she had to undergo major heart surgery to perform a bypass and get a new aortic valve. It was during this operation that the surgeon discovered the aortic artery aneurysm and repaired it-undoubtedly saving her life. But it led to a difficult and dark 11 days in intensive care at Maine Medical Center in Portland and then rehabilitation in Sandy River rehab. in Farmington. But she did return to us in Stratton and picked up her work of care and support of her friends and family. She continued to give her heart unselfishly to others. And then her heart was too weak to fully support her other organs. She was admitted to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington and received excellent care in attempts to control an onset of Atrial Fibrillation. But a major ventricular tachycardia episode resulted in transport to Maine Medical Center in Portland where the resulting degradation of vital organs could not be reversed to any meaningful quality of life and she now had the difficult courage to give her last bit of heart to her husband and children by sparing them from both hers and their further pain and struggle and quietly holding her husband’s hand allowed her creator God to take her hand from his and usher her into her heavenly home. Sharon is loved and remembered by her husband Peter; her daughter Sarah and husband Robert Sillanpaa and grandsons Wiekko and Bion of New Vineyard; son Joshua and wife Brandi and granddaughters Emma and Brenna of Stratton; daughter Katherine and husband Clinton Phillips of Wichita, Kansas; sister Trisha and husband Bill Howard of Trenton; sister Mary and husband Brian Gordius of Bass Harbor; and all their children, her great nieces and nephews, remaining aunts, uncles, cousins and all their families as well as all of her husbands’ family. She loves you all, each and every one. She is predeceased by her father Albert Raymond Hanscom III and her mother Alice Lilian (Fox)Hanscom. The family wishes to thank all the medical and support people of Franklin Memorial Hospital of Farmington and the entire cardiac care teams and nursing staff of Maine Medical Center in Portland for their devoted medical care and efforts throughout this difficult ordeal. You did not lose her, you merely let a kind and humble soul let go with dignity and courage. In lieu of flowers please donate to your local library or animal or horse rescue organization. Always be humble and kind. A celebration of Sharon’s life will be held on Sunday, July 14 at 11AM at the Stratton School in Stratton, Maine.

Agenda 06/04/19

Agenda: Selectmen’s Meeting

Date: June 4th, 2019

#1 Accept Minutes from 05/21/19

#2 Ingrid Mallory

#3 Jeff Brickley

#4 Katie Richards

Sign Town Warrants and Water Department Warrants. Other Business:

Agenda 05/07/19

Agenda: Selectmen’s Meeting

Date: May 7th, 2019                             

#1 Accept Minutes from 04/23/19

#2 Spillover Motel

#3 Kenny Wing

Sign Town Warrants and Water Department Warrants.

Other Business:     

**Now Hiring**

The Town of Eustis is seeking an individual to fill a part time (20-25 hrs) position of Deputy Clerk. Responsibilities include daily interactions between tax payers, an understanding of property tax collection, motor vehicle registrations, licensing/recreational vehicle registrations, general municipal operations in addition to assisting the Town Clerk, Treasurer, Tax Collector, and Customer Service Clerk. Training will be made available to the selected individual. Must be reliable. Applications are available at the Town Office. You may also email a resume to eustisdeputy@roadrunner.com, or mail one to P.O. Box 350 Stratton Maine 04982.

Agenda 04/23/19

Agenda: Selectmen’s Meeting

Date: April 23rd, 2019

#1 Accept Minutes from 04/09/19

#2 Bank Decision

Sign Town Warrants and Water Department Warrants. Other Business:

Agenda 04/09/19

Agenda: Selectmen’s Meeting

Date: April 9th, 2019

#1 Accept Minutes from 03/26/19

#2 Skowhegan Savings Bank

#3 Andy Brann

#4 Waste Management

#5 Bank Decision

#6 Planning Board

Sign Town Warrants and Water Department Warrants. Other Business:

Agenda 03/26/19

Agenda: Selectmen’s Meeting

Date: March 26th, 2019

#1 Accept Minutes from 03/12/19

#2 Andy Brann

#3 TD Bank

#4 Bangor Savings

#5 Franklin Savings Bank

#6 Animal Control Officer

#7 Executive Session

Sign Town Warrants and Water Department Warrants. Other Business:

Agenda 03/12/19

Agenda: Selectmen’s Meeting

Date: March 12th, 2019

#1 Accept Minutes from 02/26/19

#2 Selectmen’s Meeting Evaluation of Conduct

#3 Bank

#4 Planning Board Member

Sign Town Warrants and Water Department Warrants.

Other Business:

Agenda 02/12/19

Agenda: Selectmen’s Meeting
Date: February 12th, 2019

#1 Accept the Minutes from 01/29/19 Selectmen’s Meeting/Budget Hearing

#2 Executive Session

#3 Library Donations

#4 Water Department

#5 Kenny Wing

Sign Town Warrants and Water Department Warrants.
Other Business: