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LISBON/LISBON FALLS, MAINE USA
In Oberservance of
Thanksgiving the following Town Departments will be closed on Thursday,
November 22 and Friday, November 23rd: Town Offices, Library, MTM and
Transfer Station. The Lisbon Police Department will remain open for
Thank you and we wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
Lisbon Conservation Commission Meeting Report
October 16, 2018, at Frank’s.
Conservation Commission of October 16, 2018, was called to order at
6:00 pm. Attending were members Richard Nadeau, Alan Seamens and
Richard Main, Also attending was Alan Ward (Council Representative) and
Mark Stevens(Staff Advisor.) Annica McGuirk was excused.
discussed four town properties: Village/Lisbon Street, Summer Street
Park, Gazebo Memorial Park and Capital Avenue Park. The Village Street
property is slated for cleanup and use as “green space” by Lisbon
residents. A portion of the recently awarded community block grant
allots monies for the projected uses.
The Summer Street
Park has had some cleanup of undergrowth to provide for parking and
increased uasge. At some point in the future, the tentative thoughts
are to identify the park as “dog friendly.”
that Gazebo Memorial Park really did not need replacement of the two
invasive Norway Maple and, as a Commission, voted to recommend placement
of urban friendly trees in another town space – location to be
The members of the Commission also discussed
future uses of the Capital Avenue Park. Discussion of possible picnic
tables (in addition to the one there), chairs or benches and an area for
light recreation. Handicap parking is also projected.
of the Commission also discussed possible use of municipal “brownfield”
sites for municipal solar farms. Richard will research other
municipalities which have created solar farms and get specific
information on cost, payback and result. The Commission will invite a
representative of the industry to the next meeting, November 19, at MTM
A discussion followed about community composting
programs. Richard will check out programs in other municipalities and
feasibility of creating such a program in Lisbon. We are mindful that
such a program is labor intensive and requires a large space for the
The Commission hopes to encourage such programs which have a true benefit to the community and reduce tax costs.
Senior's Thanksgiving Dinner Date Change due to the weather
Thankgiving dinner will be held at the MTM Center located at 18 School Street tomorrow, Thursday November 15,
at noon instead of Friday because of the weather forcast. Please call
the Lisbon Parks and Recreation for more information. Office 353-2289
Public Hearing Notice - Liquor Lic for Walts- Special Entertainment Permit for Coombs Mountfort
For December 4, 2018 Council Agenda
Notice is hereby given
that the Lisbon Town Council intends to hold a public hearing on
December 4, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Town Office Public Meeting Room to
hear comments on a new Liquor License for Walt’s Place, located at 13
Village Street in Lisbon, ME.
The Council will also hold a public
hearing on December 4, 2018 at 7PM to hear comments on a renewal Special
Entertainment Permit for the Coombs-Mountfort American Legion Post 158
located at 10 Webster Road, Lisbon, ME.
The public is invited to attend.
The Lisbon Water
Departments business office will be closed November 15, 2018, for staff
to receive mandatory training. If you have a water emergency please call
the Lisbon Police Dept. at 353-2500 and a water technician will contact
A Rabies Clinic will be
held at the Lisbon Road Animal Hospital located at 1981 Lisbon Road, in
Lewiston on December 8, 2018 from 12:00 PM until done. Call 784-5421
for an appointment. The fee is $20 per pet cash or checks only! Dogs
must be on leashes and cats in carriers. Please bring in last years
Dog licenses expire December 31, 2018. Renew your dog's license prior to January 31, 2019 to avoid the $25 late fee per dog.
Now that we have elected the
same individuals to the Town Council, we can expect the same results from
them.This is to say that the new
Council will continue to spend our TAX DOLLARS instead of making any attempt to
reduce the operating cost of the town which in turn would reduce the taxes on
The people have presented two options that
would reduce the operating cost by nearly $300,000.00 yearly and both have been
ignored by the Town Council.They are:
(1)Closing the Lisbon Communication Center would save the taxpayers approximately $200,000.00 every year.
Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) every year would save approximately $100,000.00
The Lisbon Communication
Center currently performs the dispatching of Police, Fire, and Medical for the
town of Lisbon.It use to perform dispatching for Sabattus
and Durham but they determined it was not cost effective and decided to go to
the Androscoggin County Dispatch. Utilizing
Androscoggin County Dispatch for these services is much more efficient because it
eliminates an additional step in the process.
The Cost of Living Allowance (COLA)
was established by the Federal Government to offset a recession but Lisbon has
NOT been in a recession for many years.However,
the Town Manager uses COLA to cover-up wage increases for every employee of the
town.For the past three years, the
taxpayers have paid the Town Manager between $1,200.00 and $1,800.00 every
year.This is outrageous to force the
taxpayers to pay this.
By using COLA to cover-up wage increases,
bad employees are rewarded the same as outstanding employees and to me this is
not fair.Wage increase should be awarded ONLY to
employees that are exceeding normal standards.I personally do not like
paying for employees who are not doing their jobs up to the normal level
required; maybe you do.
In both cases, the Town Council has rejected the
opportunity to save residents their hard earned money. To me, this is
very disgraceful and not what these individuals were elected to do.I
believe it is their job to, at least try, to reduce spending so we can reduce our
taxes.Lisbon is currently 2nd
in the County for highest taxes; Lewiston is number one.I have no doubt that if
these Councilors do not put a stop to spending Lisbon will pass Lewiston.This is NOT what I am looking forward too.
Call your Councilors and demand that they start reducing our spending
Town Council meeting of October 2, 2018, Executive Session, the Town Council
approved the purchase of the Worumbo Mill property.The motion was made by Councilor Kolbe and
seconded by Councilor LaRochelle moved that the Town enter into an agreement
for purchase of real estate at 1 Canal Street, Tax Map U05, Lot 14 with payment for the real estate not to
exceed $30,000.00 contingent upon the town entering into an agreement
to obtain access to the real estate for purposes of conducting environmental
assessment; and contingent on the results of said environmental assessment, and
that the Town Manager be authorized to negotiate the final terms of the
agreements and to execute the agreements and all related documents on behalf of
agenda of the Conservation Commission meeting of October 18, 2018, this
purchase was to be discussed.However, I
contacted a member of the commission and it was never discussed.I
contacted the Town Manager, Mrs. Diane Barnes, on November 1, 2018 and learned
quite a bit of information I want to share with residents of Lisbon.
Mrs. Barnes, the town has received a Brownfield grant of $200,000.00for the purpose of conducting Phase I and II
environmental assessments.These funds will
be used to conduct assessment on the property at 1 Canal Street.This assessment is broken down into two
Phases.Phase I is a review of all the
documentation (which includes the Maine Environmental Protection Agency’s report
from years ago) and Phase II is an analysis of the soil.The town has entered into an agreement with a
company called TRC to perform Phase 1 and 2 on October 31, 2018. Phase
1 will begin next month and Phase 2 will begin in the spring.
concerned because the last time Councilor Fern LaRochelle was on the Town
Council; he tried to have the town purchase this same property from the
Millers.This original deal was behind closed doors, in Executive Session,
but the people voted NOT to purchase the property. I believe that this was due to the fact of the Maine
Environmental Protection Agency report on toxic material under the surface and
the fact it is in a flood zone.
Councilor LaRochelle is back on the Town Council and the purchase of this
property comes up again.I am concerned because I do not feel the
people are being provided ALL the facts here.According to Mrs. Barnes, the Town wants to purchase this
property to put a parking lot on it to service the downtown area.As you know
from previous letters, I personally do not trust Fern LaRochelle.This is just me and my opinion.It
is strange that the ONLY time this property comes up is when he is on the Town
As I learn more about this property and
its purchase, I will pass it along to the people.
Slovak Catholic Assoc - Special Entertainment Permit on Nov. 13, 2018
The Lisbon Town Council
will hold a public hearing on November 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Town
Office at 300 Lisbon Street in the Public Meeting Room to consider a
renewal Special Entertainment Permit for the Slovak Catholic
Association, located at 26 Avery Street in Lisbon Falls, Maine. The
public is invited to attend.