News & Announcements

Wednesday News & Selectmen's Meeting

Hi Folks,


I hope you are all doing well! That rain sure made things pop right up overnight with more greenery and it's amazing. I am loving the late spring early summer flowers that are coming along, adding some wonderful colors to the mix!


Not much this week from the office or committees just humming along with end of fiscal year stuff. We do have a Selectmen's meeting tonight. It will be here at the Town Office at 6:00PM and also on zoom. We have limited seating but we will try to accommodate as many as we can.


Hope you all have a fabulous rest of the week!!


~Erica

6/8/21 Elections Results

Hello Folks,


Below are the results of the 6/8/21 election

Referendum Questions: I am not including the few blanks/voids

Question 1: PASSED 94 YES 53 NO

Question 2: PASSED 108 YES 39 NO

Question 3: PASSED 104 YES 43 NO

Question 4: PASSED 106 YES 42 NO

Question 5: PASSED 109 YES 39 NO

Question 6: PASSED 96 YES 50 NO

Question 7: PASSED 105 YES 36 NO

Question 8: PASSED 80 YES 59 NO

Question 9: PASSED 78 YES 60 NO

Question 10: PASSED 109 YES 33 NO

Question 11: PASSED 93 YES 49 NO

Question 12: PASSED 96 YES 45 NO

Question 13: PASSED 116 YES 22 NO

Question 14: PASSED 114 YES 29 NO

Question 15: PASSED 109 YES 33 NO

Question 16: PASSED 122 YES 21 NO

Question 17: PASSED 78 YES 71 NO

Question 18: PASSED 92 YES 51 NO

Question 19: PASSED 92 YES 49 NO

Question 20: PASSED 105 YES 32 NO

Question 21: PASSED 79 YES 58 NO

Question 22: PASSED 124 YES 15 NO


RSU 12 Budget Questions:

Question 1: 81 YES to 66 NO with 2 Blanks

Question 2: 76 YES to 68 NO with 5 Blanks


Town Officials Elections:


First Selectmen

Christopher Johnson 87

Write Ins:

Willard Pierpont 55

Joe Biden 1

David Rafuse 1

Michael Cox 1

Blank/Void 3


RSU12 Board Member

Deborah Myers 129

Write Ins:

Frank Hample 2

Russell Gates 2

Blank/Void 17


Road Commissioner

Willard Pierpont 112

Write Ins:

Jesse Turner 4

Daryl Horak 3

Ralph Turner 2

Blank/Void 29


We had 153 voters in total!! Some did not do all the ballots, however what a great turn out! Congratulations to those who ran and got their respective seats! Oaths will need to be done before the first meetings in July for the new fiscal year. A huge THANK YOU to my poll works and counters! You were all AMAZING as always!! I truly appreciate all of you!! ~Erica

Roadside and Landfill Mowing Bids

The Town is accepting bids for roadside and landfill mowing/maintenance. The mowing only needs to be done once a year and we are accepting bids until June 7th 2021 . Please contact the clerk for bid packets.

Job Openings

The Town Office has the immediate job openings.

Job Opening: Town Clerk/Registrar of Voters/General Assistance Admin Town of Somerville. This is a permanent part-time position, working 20 hours/week with an opportunity of 21.5 hours/week. This position involves extensive contact with the public and requires the ability to communicate courteously, fairly, effectively and keep accurate records. Requires excellent administrative skills for Board of Selectmen schedule, correspondence, and meeting records. Municipal experience is preferred.

Job Opening: Tax Collector Town of Somerville. This is a permanent part-time position, working 20 hours/week with an opportunity of 21.5 hours / week. Primary responsibilities include vehicle registration, property and excise tax collection, and management of liens. This position involves extensive contact with the public and requires the ability to communicate courteously, fairly, and effectively. Must have prior experience with conducting financial transactions and money handling. Municipal experience is preferred.

Applicants must submit an application; a resume may be attached. The application form and job descriptions are available at www.somervillemaine.org at the bottom of the home page or call Somerville Town Office at 549-3828 for more information. Applications will be accepted for each position until filled.

The Town of Somerville is an equal opportunity employer.

Broadband Passes!!

It was a close one BUT the Broadband referendum question has passed with the votes as follows:

45 votes for NO

49 votes for YES

Keep an eye out for updates as things progress!

Special Town Meeting/Hearing

Hi Folks,


This Wednesday we have the Hearing via zoom and in-person at the Somerville Elementary School gym at 6PM for the Special Town Meeting to be held by Referendum on 4/20. Masks and distancing are required.


The gym will be closed during an Executive Session of the Board of Selectmen starting at 5:30PM, and will be opened for the hearing at 6 PM, with the remainder of the Board of Selectmen meeting continuing after the hearing. For Zoom or call in info, please contact the me.


~Erica

Broadband Committee Meetings

Hi Folks,

The Broadband Committee will be meeting at 6:00PM via zoom each Friday in the month of April. If you'd like to join the meetings, just reach out and I can send you the zoom/phone links.

~Erica

Special Town Meeting, Absentee Ballots Available, Voting Day

Somerville will be having a Special Town Meeting Hearing on April 7th, 2021 at 6:00PM with our regular Selectmen's meeting to follow. We have the absentee ballots avail now that pertain to this Special Town Meeting. We will have in person voting available as well on April 20th, 2021 from 3:00Pm to 7:00PM right at the Town Office.

Update to the Rental Relief Program

Hi Folks,

There's been a recent update to the Maine Rental Relief Program that may be of some help! Please see the link below.

~Erica

https://mainehousing.org/programs-services/rental/rentaldetail/covid-19-rental-relief-program

Special Selectmen's Meeting & Broadband Committee Meeting

Hi Folks,


Just a quick note on a few meetings. Somerville's Select Board is having a Special Selectmen's Meeting 3/10/21 @ 5:45PM Via Zoom and at The RSU12 Gym. This is to accept a Budget Committee members resignation and to appoint a new member.


Also Somerville's Broadband Committee is Meeting 3/12/21 @ 6:00PM via Zoom.


~Erica

Upcoming Meetings

Hi Folks,


Just wanted to let you all know about a few meetings we have coming up!


The Somerville Select Board is only meeting on March 17th, 2021 at 6:00PM via Zoom only, they will not be holding two meetings this month. Contact the clerk for more information.


The Somerville Broadband Committee is meeting March 6th, 2021 at 4:00PM and March 9th, 2021 at 6:00PM both meetings will be via Zoom only. Contact the clerk for more information.


The Somerville Budget Committee is meeting March 10th, 2021 at 6:00PM at the RSU 12 Gym and Zoom. Contact the clerk for more information.

~Erica

Appeal Meeting 3/3/21

Hi Folks,

Just a quick note about an upcoming meeting for the Appeals Board. The board is meeting Wednesday March 3rd, 2021 at 6:00pm at the Somerville School Gym and via Zoom. Zoom details to follow.

~ Erica Tompkins

Nomination Papers

Hi Folks,


I just wanted to let you all know nomination papers are available for the following positions:

First Selectmen (3 year term)

Road Commissioner (1 year term)

RSU #12 Board Member (3year term)


We have papers in the office as well as by email. We are continuing with the email approach as COVID is still a concern. If you would like papers, please let me know.

~Erica

Upcoming Town Business

Hi Folks,

I have a few important things I wanted to share with you all.

First there has been some updates on the rental relief program which we have in the office, secondly nomination papers will be available by 2/8/2021 for the following positions: Road Commissioner (1 Year Term) RSU 12 School Board Member (3 Year Term) and First Selectmen (3 Year Term). We also have a Select Board Meeting this week 2/3/2021 at 6:00PM via Zoom.

See you all there!!

~Erica

Free Drive-Thru Farm Stand

Hi Folks,

We have another FREE drive-thru farm stand coming! Dates below.

Thursday Feb.4 from 3-5PM at the Wiscasset Community Center

Thursday Feb.11 from 3-5PM at the Waldoboro Town Office

Thursday Feb.18 from 3-5PM at the Sherman Lake Rest Stop in Newcastle

Thursday Feb.25 from 3-5PM at the Whitefield Calvary Baptist Church

Special Selectmen's Meeting 1/29/21

Hi Folks,

Just wanted to let you all know about the Special Selectmen's Meeting next week 1/29/21 for interviews for the Sexton position. This will be via Zoom only and I do not have the information just yet. Reach out next week if you'd like to join. These will be in executive session so those not involved with the interviews will be broken out into a different "room". If there is a decision made, that will be in the public "room" on zoom.

Have a fabulous weekend!!

~Erica

Governor Mills New Order For Face Coverings

Hi Folks,

Below you will see the link for the most recent Executive Order from Governor Mills. This order brings a stricter enforcement on face coverings, I have the highlights below.

Be Well and Stay Safe!

~Erica

Link to full order:

https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/sites/maine.gov.governor.mills/files/inline-files/An%20Order%20Simplifying%20and%20Strengthening%20Enforcement%20of%20Face%20Covering%20Requirements.pdf

Highlights:

I. ORDERS A. Enforcement of face covering requirements in indoor public settings. Owners and operators of indoor public settings must require all persons to wear face coverings in publicly accessible areas.

B. Exceptions.

I. Face coverings are not required for a person:

a. under age 2;

b. who has trouble breathing or related medical conditions, or who is otherwise unable to put on or remove the mask without assistance; c. with a developmental issue that is complicated or irritated by a face covering.

2. Nothing in this Order should be interpreted as prohibiting a reasonable accommodation for those with a disability, but due to the direct threat to public health and safety, no such accommodation may make it permissible for any person to enter or remain in any indoor public setting without a face covering.

Town Happenings

Hi Folks,

I wanted to send out a few updates that are taking place here in town.

Due to Covid-19 and veterinarian availability, we will not be hosting a rabies clinic this year. As soon as things change in our community, I will reach out to everyone.

With the winter months being slower and wanting to limit the risk for possible exposure, we have decided to go to one Selectmen's Meeting a month unless otherwise necessary. The next meeting is December 16th, 2020 at 6:00PM via Zoom.

A few events coming up that I wanted to share with you all. The first is Enchanted Village Gift Drop-Off. Drop off your wrapped holiday gift donations at LeBarn in Jefferson Village on Saturday, December 5th, and Saturday, December 12th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Gifts benefit Jefferson Area Food Pantry Gift ideas include games, puzzles, dolls, sleds, hats, gloves, coats and socks. There’s also a need for gifts for babies, toddlers and teens. and the second is the free food box drive-thru, which was amazing the last time it was done. Pass these along if you know of anyone who is in need or wanting to give back. The second is the free food box drive-thru, which was amazing the last time it was done. There is two locations this time, Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 from 11:00a.m.-4:00p.m. at the Wiscasset Community Center and Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 from 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m. at the Waldoboro Town Office. This is FREE to EVERYONE no matter location or income.

Pass these along if you know of anyone who is in need or wanting to give back.

Some other resources for those who may need some help during this trying time. There is a new rental relief program and HEAP assistance. Rent and Heat relief links: https://www.mainehousing.org/programs-services/rental/rentaldetail/covid-19-rental-relief-program

https://www.mainehousing.org/programs-services/energy (includes LiHEAP and weatherization)

Stay Safe Everyone! ~Erica

Town Office Changes

Hi Folks,

We wanted to reach out to everyone as soon as possible with news of some changes to the Town Office operation due to the exponential growth in the COVID-19 cases in Maine. For each of the last three days Maine set a new record for new cases in 24 hours - 127, then 151, and 183. Lincoln County cases are growing by the day as well, and the three counties around us all have higher numbers of cases.

While still wanting to offer in person services, we are changing to only one person in the office at a time and we are going back to by appointment only.

As colder wintery weather begins, we are working on ideas to make outdoor service more practical, in case the sharp rise continues, hoping to avoid closing the office completely. We ask for your continued support and patience, and urge everyone to use the online services, the drop box, or mail to conduct business where possible. The town website has links under services to conduct certain business online.

Thank you all for being absolutely amazing!

~Erica

11/4/2020

Hi Folks,

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, we are changing up how we conduct our Selectmen's Meetings. Starting with tonight's meeting and until further notice, all public participation will be remote via Zoom and only when absolutely necessary will there be office staff and board members in person. We will continue to keep everyone updated on the situation as it develops.

Below is tonight's agenda.

We are in this together and we WILL get through this together!

Thank you all for being amazing!!

~Erica

11/4/2020 Agenda

Upcoming Meetings For Somerville

Hi Folks,

Just letting you all know, we have a few meetings coming up with some more development for our great little town! Hope you all are doing great and we look forward to seeing you there!

The Town of Somerville will be holding a hearing for Tri-County Waste Referendum Questions on October 21st at the Somerville School Gym and via Zoom at 6PM. Masks and distancing are required.

Somerville Planning Board Hearing November 6th at the Somerville School Gym @6PM to have a final discussion for the subdivision on Turner Ridge. Masks and distancing are required.

The Town of Somerville will be holding a hearing for General Assistance Ordinance Appendices Adoption on November 18th, 2020 at the Somerville School Gym and via Zoom at 6PM. Masks and distancing are required. ~Erica

Dog Licenses

The new 2021 dog tags are ready! You can come in an get your dogs all licensed anytime we are in office.

All dog renewals must be completed by January 31, 2021. If you do not make it in by January 31st, there will be a $25.00 late fee per dog.

If you are licensing a wolf hybrid, service/search or rescue dog or obtaining a kennel license please contact the office.

Spayed and Neutered dogs are $6.00 each and Un-altered dogs are $11.00 each. You can also license your dog online at https://apps1.web.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/dog_license/index.pl

Free Foods Boxes for ALL Lincoln County residents

Lincoln County is distributing FREE food boxes starting Monday, October 26th at 6 locations around the county.

These boxes contain 20+ pounds of produce, meat and dairy products.

This event is funded by the USDA and any person, regardless of income or residency is encouraged to join in.

The locations will be drive-through service and the boxes will be loaded into your vehicle for you.

Please spread the word to your family, friends, neighbors of this event.

We have A LOT of boxes coming and want to make sure they don’t go to waste!

Absentee Ballots

Per the Secretary of the States Office, we should have ballots to mail, or call for pick up, by the first full week of October. I will be in touch as I get more information or as soon as I get the ballots. ~Erica

*posted 9/21/2020