News & Announcements
Monday Town News
Special Town Meeting/Hearing
Broadband Committee Meetings
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.
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
There's been a recent update to the Maine Rental Relief Program that may be of some help! Please see the link below.
Special Selectmen's Meeting & Broadband Committee Meeting
Appeal Meeting 3/3/21
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.
Upcoming Town Business
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!!
Free Drive-Thru Farm Stand
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
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!!
Governor Mills New Order For Face Coverings
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!
Link to full order:
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.
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.
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
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!
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!!
Upcoming Meetings For Somerville
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
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!
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