Compost Bin Promo
Residents of Waldoboro, Friendship, Cushing, and surrounding areas: Tired of seeing all those kitchen leftovers from preparing meals and snacks get thrown out in the trash or eaten by critters in your makeshift composting bin in the backyard? Here's your chance to turn those scraps into a rich soil amendment. As part of Earth Day 2014 celebrations, Waldoboro is again participating in a statewide backyard composting bin sale. It's estimated that 25 percent of the average household's waste consists of yard trimmings and kitchen scraps which can be easily composted. Composting can
Review the New FEMA Maps
All Interested Parties- Review FEMA Maps
On February 7th, 2014 the Town received the updated preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and updated Preliminary Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report for Lincoln County, Maine. The Town received both a DVD with the flood hazard information as well as a hard copy of Waldoboro’s preliminary coastal FIRM panels and FIS report. The preliminary copies were sent at this time to give the community an opportunity to review them to identify changes and corrections to non-technical information- including, corporate limits, road names, bridges, stream names etc. on the FIRM of in the FIS report. All comments must be submitted to the FEMA Regional Service Center (contact information can be found in the report or with the Town Planner).
These maps could affect your insurance premiums. Maps are located in the Town Office. Please see Planning & Development Director Willa Antczak.
Municipal Services Cut? Property Taxes Up? Here's Why:
The state Legislature, current governor and his predecessor have been ignoring Maine’s 42-year-old Municipal Revenue Sharing law in recent years, raiding $73 million from that program this year (FY 2014) in order to “balance” the state’s $6.3 billion budget. Worse, in FY 2015, as things currently stand, the fund would plummet from $60 million to $20 million (by law, it should be $146 million). Because of the Legislature’s ongoing actions, we are seeing consecutive years of forced property tax increases and reductions in municipal services. The trend is bad and it may get much worse.
There is legislation – LR 2721 – to hold the line, more or less, at $60 million in FY 2015. From the Maine Municipal Association's (MMA) viewpoint, this is revenue sharing’s last stand. If legislators do not preserve what’s left of a property tax-relief program that they’ve already cut by more than half, then there really is no bond, no commitment – no remaining trust – between state and local governments. If LR 2721 is not supported, state legislators appear willing to put state spending demands ahead of homeowners and business owners who pay property taxes and rely on core municipal services. MMA has heard this loud and clear from our 487 members, largest to smallest, north to south and east to west.
Starting this weekend, MMA is launching a statewide public-information campaign aimed at informing citizens about Municipal Revenue Sharing and how it affects them. The message is to support the communities and local property taxpayers. Here’s the link to the website for the Revenue Sharing campaign, which includes a short 30 second video: http://www.mainerevenuesharing.com
Winter Parking Ban
The annual winter parking ban is from November 1st until April 1st. The Ordinance reads as follows:
- No vehicle shall be parked at any time on a public way so as to interfere with snow removal or street sweeping operations.
- No vehicle shall be parked on any street in the Town of Waldoboro between the hours of 12:00 O'clock
RSU/MSAD 40 Board of School Directors Vacancy
The Waldoboro Board of Selectmen is seeking residents interested in being appointed to serve on the RSU#40 Board of Directors on an interim basis until the June 2014 Annual Municipal Election.
If interested please reply by completing the Boards & Committees application (available at the town office or by clicking here) and return it to the Town Manager’s office, P.O. Box J, Waldoboro, ME 04572.
Recycle Bins for Sale
The Town Office is carrying recycle bins for your convenience. Just like our compost bins, we will be passing these onto you at COST, if you choose to purchase them. You do not have to be a resident to purchase these.
We are stocking these recycle bins in response to many comments from residents who are looking for an easy way to sort their recyclables at home. Remember… recycling is required at the Transfer Station whether you bring your trash there or have someone else do it for you.
Recycling, it’s the right thing to do
...and it reduces the costs of running your Transfer Station.
The Waldoboro Transfer Station has begun to strictly enforce the recycling requirements in the “Waldoboro Solid Waste Disposal and Required Recycling Ordinance”. Waldoboro’s voters approved this ordinance on June 12, 2012 and it became effective on August 17, 2012.
From now on ONLY garbage and trash may be thrown into the hopper. All recyclables must be deposited in the appropriate recycling containers as directed by the Transfer Station staff. Anyone who doesn’t recycle all their recyclables will be required to pay a dumping fee of $13.50 per uncompacted cubic yard. This equates to $0.60 per 30-gallon bag or $1.20 per contractor bag.
The Ordinance also calls for trash haulers to deposit all the recyclables they collect from their customers in Waldoboro, Cushing or Friendship, or to pay a dumping fee of $13.50 per estimated uncompacted cubic yard ($35.00 per estimated compacted cubic yard). So if you have a trash hauler pick up your trash, please remember to do your part by separating your garbage and trash from your recyclables. Information
Funds Available for Malfunctioning Septic Systems
Some Waldoboro Facts
The Town of Waldoboro, per the 2010 census, has a population of 5,075. There is a total land area of 73 square miles, making it one of the largest towns in the area. The total water area is around 7 square miles.
There are 103.18 miles of roads:
- 12.55 miles of State highways (maintained year round by the State),
- 29.97 miles of State aid roads (plowed by the Town and maintained by the State),
- 47.87 miles of paved Town roads (maintained year round by the Town),
- 9.79 miles of gravel roads (maintained year round by the Town), and
- 3.00 miles for the transfer station and parks (maintained year round by the Town).
The fiscal year 2013 total property valuation is $509,128,000 representing 3,042 parcels at a tax rate of $13.50 per $1,000 valuation. The municipal appropriation is $3,650,446.
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