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Washington news Jan. 07

By Charlotte Henderson | Jan 07, 2021

Planning Board kicks off 2021

Starting right off in the new year, the Washington Planning Board will hold a public hearing on a solar array application for Waldoboro Road.

Since we’re still in COVID-19 time, the Planning Board is taking steps to make a public event happen safely. They will hold the hearing Tuesday, Jan. 12, in the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library at 7 p.m. The hearing is on behalf of SRE Solar Origination 1 LLC for a Solar Array at 712 Waldoboro Road.

The Planning Board requests that members of our community write any concerns, questions or comments and submit them now to the Washington Planning Board via email at townclerk@fairpoint.net or drop them off. Be sure to include your own contact information. They hope to get responses today or tomorrow.

If you would like to attend the Public Hearing, contact the board via email or call 845-2897 by Jan. 7 so they can set up the room appropriately. A Zoom meeting will be set up if there is interest, so include an email or phone number so you can receive an invitation.

Town officials needed

Our town needs candidates for one Select Board seat and one SAD 40 School Board position, each for three-year terms. To run for elected office nomination papers must be turned in to the Town Office by Monday, Jan. 25.

Nomination papers include information and a petition with at least 25 (no more than 100) signatures of registered Washington voters. Papers are available at the Town Office and they can answer any questions you might have.

The municipal election is Friday, March 26, in the Bryant Room of the Gibbs Library. The Annual Town Meeting is Saturday, March 27, at 10 a.m. at Prescott School. The select board conducts the business of our little town.

If you want to know how things work, this is a great opportunity to serve and engage in democracy at its ground level. Washington is delegated two School Board seats and those people represent our town in the regional district. Our community needs our participation.

Other opportunities in town gov’t

There are also open seats on the town Appeals Board and Planning Board which are filled through appointment by the select board. The Appeals Board and Planning Board both study uses or proposed uses of properties in town based on compliance with ordinances and land use regulations and then determine approval.

If you would like to serve on these or other committees, send a letter (P.O. Box 408), fax (845-2131) or email (townclerk@fairpoint.net) to the select board letting them know your interest.

One more opening

The Town of Washington is seeking qualified applicants for a part-time position of Code Enforcement Officer (CEO). This is a highly responsible professional position. The complete requirements are on the town website at washington.maine.gov.

Minimum qualifications for applicants include a working knowledge and understanding of municipal zoning, shore land zoning, storm water program management, and certification as a Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) and Local Plumbing Inspector (LPI) or current participation in a training class while working with current Certified CEO.

Applications are available online (washington.maine.gov) or at the town office (40 Old Union Road). Send a completed application along with a cover letter and resume to P.O. Box 408, Washington ME 04574. The application window remains open until the position is filled.

New Year gift from the “universe”

Some things just “happen” and can be totally wonderful. For me, here’s one.

On New Year’s Eve, Jere retired for the night. I was just ending my day and pondering the idea of staying up ‘til midnight-plus-one-minute to greet the new year. Each little chore brought the midnight hour closer and, of course, I decided to stay up.

Soon enough, it was 11:56 p.m. I went onto my back porch. The neighborhood was dark and silent and the night sky, now clear of earlier clouds, was black velvet sprinkled with ten-thousand diamond stars. Truly awesome. We have an antique dinner bell hanging there and, just at midnight, I rang that bell like crazy. I didn’t expect to hear anything from the silent night, of course.

But, wait! I heard a pop. Then more, then fireworks lit the sky far across the lake! They continued for several minutes and I watched rapt, with a smile on my face that was so big, it almost hurt. Then it was quiet. I gazed again into the cosmos and just said, “Happy New Year to You, too.” Then I blew a kiss toward the unknown-to-me folks whose fireworks created enchanting first moments of 2021 for me.

Happy 2021, everyone, no exceptions.

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