Volunteers Wanted!

The Town of Eustis is looking for volunteers to serve on a Road Committee and a Comprehensive Committee. If you are interested, please contact the Town Office at 207-246-4401. Thank you!

Independence Day Closures

Goodmorning!
Transfer Station & Library will be closed on Saturday, July 4th for Independence Day.
Town Office will be closed on Friday, July 3rd for Independence Day.

Enjoy your weekend!

Agenda 06/30/20

Agenda: Selectmen’s Meeting

Date: June 30th, 2020

#1 Accept minutes from 06/16/20

#2 Plow Bids

#3 Road Committee/Comprehensive Committee

#4 Little League

Sign Town Warrants and Water Department Warrants.

Other Business:     

Agenda 06/16/20

Agenda: Selectmen’s Meeting

Date: June 16th, 2020

#1 Community Building Rental

#2 Millie Howard/Summer Rec

#3 Raise for Tina

#4 Andy Brann

#5 Trails Outside Dining  

Sign Town Warrants and Water Department Warrants.

Other Business:     

Agenda 06/02/20

Agenda: Selectmen’s Meeting

Date: June 2nd, 2020

#1 Accept Minutes from 05/19/20

#2 Millie Howard/Summer Rec

#3 Amber Davis/Cleaning

#4 Library/Handicap Ramp

#5 Eddie Hastings

#6 8th Grade Graduation/Signs

#7 Stratton Plaza Liquor License

#8 Backstrap Extension of License

#9 Community Building Use

#10 Trails End

Sign Town Warrants and Water Department Warrants.

Other Business:     

Hydrant Flushing

The Eustis Water Department plans to conduct daytime hydrant flushing and gate valve exercising sometime during the weeks of June 8th-12th + June 15th-19th. Customers may experience brief losses of water pressure and/or moments of discolored water. Please do not panic if you experience this, please be patient and allow the water to run until discoloration is discontinued. Eustis Water Department will do everything to minimize the inconvenience of this, this process is is important to keep our distribution mains cleaned. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding, please contact the Town Office at 207-246-4401 if you have any questions or concerned.

Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes 5/5/20

Town of Eustis
Selectmen’s Meeting
May 5,2020
Present: Steve St. Jean, Jed Whiting, Jeff Lecander, Brandy Farnsworth, and Amanda Brochu
Attending: Tina O’Donnell, Kathy Fearon, Mercedes Freeman, Jim Brochu, Kirk Williams, Lori Lemont, Edie Dunlap and Andy Brann
Agenda #1 Meeting opened via Zoom with Jed motioning to accept minutes from the April 21st meeting as written and Brandi seconding it. All were in favor.
Agenda #2 Opening the town office- Steve consulted MMA and they thought reopening was fine. After discussion, it was decided that the town office can reopen to the public using safety precautions such as: masks, requiring hand sanitizer, limiting to two people in the lobby with a line for one to stand back to wait, keeping the glass window closed, etc. Jed made a motion that we reopen on Thursday May 7th as long as we can do so safely. Steve seconded it. All were in favor so motion passed. Discussion then turned to bringing back Mercedes and Tina. Kathy stated she needed them both. Options were discussed on how to do it safely with three in the office. Mercedes agreed to come back on Monday the 11th and Tina on Wednesday the 6th.
Agenda # 3 Opening the Library= Wendy submitted a letter asking for changes to make the library more safe. Steve stated that the library opening to the public would be at least June. Curbside pickup was discussed as well as a barrier that Wendy requested at the desk. The computers that patrons use would also need to be separated- it was decided that would be easy to do with a network cable. Steve made a motion that the library possibly reopen on June 1st after these changes were made and that Wendy purchase the barrier. Jed seconded it. All were in favor, motion passed. An outside kiosk that Wendy suggested was decided against for sanitary reasons.
Steve made a motion that the library return to curbside pick up on Monday the 11th. Jed seconded it. All were in favor so motion passed.
Agenda # 4 Audra’s contract- Audra submitted a 3 year contract with a requested increase of $500 per year. Brandi made a motion to accept this contract, Jed seconded it. All were in favor. Motion passed.
Agenda #5 Jeff brought up the winter roads contract. Should we receive money back from Absolute Services as this was a light snow year? Andy says it was average and that he did more sanding. It was decided to find out the 10 year average and the total snow fall for this year and to then discuss it when they could meet in person.
Agenda #6 Blanchard Park- Jed wondered if by June 1st the park could be reopened with signage promoting social distancing and other safe practices. This will be discussed more next meeting.
Agenda #7 Informational-
Jed stated that Stratton Lumber was visited by the State Police about the chipping noise starting very early in the morning. If we get complaints from residents, this is not coming from Stratton Lumber, but ReEnergy. When the chipper works at Stratton Lumber, it will not start so early.
Summer Rec program was discussed. Transportation will be an issue as we cannot have more than 10 kids on a bus. It was discussed that parents would have to transport and so would need to keep it local. It was decided to ask Millie Howard to attend the next meeting with the schedule of activities.
Steve mentioned that there was no increase in the school budget again this year.
Patty Simpson is working on a grant from Weyerhaeuser for the food pantry.
Jeff mentioned that $5000 was received from Helix for Blanchard Park and that it would be used for climbing equipment and for the skating rink.
Edie Dunlap is working on a grant for $82,000 for the Flagstaff ATV club in which the club will get 70% of it for the trails.
Steve made a motion that the meeting be adjourned. Jed seconded it. All were in favor and the meeting was adjourned.

Selectmen’s meeting Agenda 5/19/20

Agenda: Selectmen’s Meeting
Date: May 19, 2020
#1 Accept Minutes from 05/05/2020
#2 ATV Club
#3 Millie Howard
#4 Library
#5 Jim Tyson
#6
Sign Town Warrants and Water Department Warrants.
Other Business:

NO BURN

Transfer Station will not be burning today 05/13/20. Thank you for your understanding.

Selectmen’s Meeting April 21,2020

Present: Steve St. Jean, Jed Whiting, Jeff Lecander, Brandy Farnsworth, and Amanda Brochu
Attending: Tina O’Donnell, Kathy Fearon, Jim Brochu, Lori LeMont, Kirk Williams, Bob White, Millie Howard, and Andy Brann
Agenda #1 Meeting opened with Jed motioning to accept minutes from the April 7th meeting as written and Steve seconding it. All were in favor.
Agenda #2 Transfer Station- Jeff Jorgenson has expressed that he is almost out of PPE. The transfer station is an essential service and at times he has to interact with people. The fire department has an order of PPE coming and will share. It was discussed that something should be put on Facebook and the town website reminding people to social distance, use safe practices, and not loiter. Also, that we should encourage people to make less trips.
Agenda # 3 Tax Commitment- The budget this year is $160,000 above last year. Steve suggested taking $100,000 from surplus to buy this down. It was mentioned that the school budget might be higher this year and so the question was asked that if this is not enough can we revisit this. Kathy said yes we can as many times as we need. Steve made a motion to move the $100,000 from surplus and Jeff seconded it. All were in favor.
Agenda # 4 Family Fun Days- Amanda stated that they would be moving Family Fun Days to the 1st weekend in August to coincide with alumni weekend. The fireworks will also be moved.
Agenda #5 Tina O’Donnell’s 3 month review- It was decided to put this off until they can meet in person and that any raise would be retroactive.
Agenda #6 Youth Program- Millie Howard asked if she should continue to plan for the summer rec program. It was decided that she would continue to plan, but keep activities more local and outside as much as possible. Millie also asked if the kayaks and canoes could be moved to Cathedral pines in the next week as where they are now stored, the person has requested they be moved. The board is meeting on Thursday and if they can’t be, it was mentioned that the house at the water department is empty.
Agenda #6 Blanchard Park- Jeff wondered about the park concerning social distancing guidelines and the fact that we cannot have someone there disinfecting after use. It was decided to close the park and that signs would be posted.
Jed made a motion that the meeting be adjourned. Steve seconded it. All were in favor and the meeting was adjourned.

Selectmen’s Meeting April 7,2020

Present: Steve St. Jean, Jed Whiting, Jeff Lecander, Brandy Farnsworth, and Amanda Brochu
Attending: Tina O’Donnell, Kathy Fearon, Jim Brochu, Lori LeMont, Eileen Drummond, Leanne Delcourt, and Andy Brann
Meeting opened with Jed motioning to accept minutes as written and Steve seconding it. All were in favor.
Agenda #1 As Patty Simpson was not able to attend the meeting, Jeff Lecander spoke on her behalf. A Caring Calls program has been set up to make calls to Seniors in the area to check on them and to see if they need help. More information is on the towns Facebook page.
Agenda # 2 Short term rentals- Jed said that there is concern in the area about people from out of state coming to stay here to get out of the cities and could potentially bring the virus here. Steve said that the governor recently closed all motels/hotels and that short term rentals were included in that. Leanne mentioned that they can rent to people providing essential services and Brandy mentioned that they would need a letter saying that they are essential.
Agenda # 3 Jed said that he has been approached about a community fund for people affected by Covid 19. Leanne said that Jen Reese has headed up Stratton Community Volunteers which has raised quite a bit of money to help. Fotters is set up to take donations of cash or groceries. Also, the Morse’s with Sugarloaf Chapel has money for immediate needs.
Agenda #4 Andy Brann wanted to mention that the SBA has money to help small business and that they have good information, easy access, and were lots of help.
Brandy requested that the selectman go into executive session.

Selectmen’s Meeting 04/07/20

**We will be using ZOOM for the upcoming Selectmen’s Meeting on 04/07/20 at 6:00pm**

This means you can join in from the comfort of your own home! The link provided will bring you to the correct web page, from there you’re going to hit “open zoom” and it will connect you to the meeting through your computer! Make sure you enter in the Meeting ID provided below.

If you don’t have access to audio or don’t have a camera on your computer, or don’t have access to a computer- you are able to join through the phone- by dialing the number provided below, you call in and enter the meeting ID and you will be connected!

***Join Zoom Meeting Through a Computer/Audio/Camera:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2913946952

***Join Zoom Meeting Through Your Telephone:
1-929-436-2866

***Meeting ID: 291 394 6952

Please call Mercedes if you have any questions at the Town Office prior to the meeting.

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!

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: