Photo of Goosefare Brook taken by Kevin Sutherland

Dear Saco Citizens,
Photo provided by Raven Padgett, Amtrak, Corporate Communications
The City and School Administration and Finance teams have begun discussing budget  projections for Fiscal Year 2019. At the City Council Meeting on February 5, 2018, we will be asking the City Council and Mayor to give  a budget directive/target to enable us to prepare the recommended budgets that will  be presented in March. 

Mayor Marston Lovell and I will be available by appointment on Wednesday afternoons from 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM on the second floor of City Hall. For more information or to make an appointment, call (207)282-4191. If you have any requests or concerns that you  would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact us to make an appointment. 
Best wishes,

Kevin Sutherland
City Administrator 

This month's articles were provided by the Public Works Department 
Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall... You don't even have to call.

Here it is February, and we're doing what most people think of when they think Public Works, plowing snow. While it is an essential task, and one we take pride in, did you know it represents less than 10% of our annual budget. The fact is, there are close to 100 services we provide this fine City, and often it's the rest of the year that keeps us on our toes.
Bonds Passed by Voters in November... Now What Happens?

Saco voters supported all three local bond questions asked on the November 2017 election ballot. So, what does passing $11.75 Million in bond projects mean for the community? How quickly are the results seen?
Images provided by the Public Works Department.
It's time to do more than talk about our Solid Waste Issues

Saco, once an innovator and a leader in our handling of municipal solid waste ("trash"), has been status quo for quite some time, while the rest of Greater Portland has caught up in waste reduction initiatives, and in many cases improved on what we helped start. Recognizing the room for improvement, as well as the economic and environmental benefits, the City Council has made "improving our solid waste disposal service results" one of its top priorities over the next two years.
Industrial Park Road Culvert Replacement at Goosefare Brook
Photo provided by the Public Works Department.

The existing culverts consisted of triple barrel, corrugated metal arch culverts (47" by  71") that were installed in the early 1980's. Based upon a culvert assessment, the culvert pipes were determined to be in poor condition. 

As part of the Goosefare Brook Watershed-Based Management Plan, this culvert crossing was identified by MIF&W as a fish barrier and recommended for replacement. Based upon the conditions of the culvert and scheduled Maine DOT paving project of Industrial Park Road (2018), the replacement of this culvert was included within the City's 2017 Capital Improvement Plan.
Sand Buckets for Seniors 

Age Friendly Saco, in collaboration with the Saco Public Works Department, will pick up 5-gallons of sand-salt mixture for any homebound resident older than 65 who needs it, and deliver it to their home in a pail provided by the Age Friendly Saco group.  To have it delivered, call (207)710-5029 and leave a message if no one is in the office. Or you can complete the application online. 

Check out the Community Calendar for upcoming meetings and events. 
Historic Preservation Lecture Series 

February 8th at 6:00 PM 
Pepperell Mill Campus

The Saco and Biddeford Historic Preservation Commissions have teamed up to  present: Historic Mills and Cityscapes of Biddeford and Saco  on February 8th, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the Pepperell Mill Campus in Biddeford. 

There are additional lectures planned for March, April, and May.  All events are free and open to the public. This series is a joint production of the Saco and Biddeford Historic Preservation Commissions. If you require disability accommodations, please call (207) 282-3487.
Coffee with Constituents

February 3rd at 9:30 AM
Rugged Spruce Cafe

Representatives from the Saco City Council and School Board will be available at the Rugged Spruce Cafe, located at  209 Main Street, on Saturday, February 3rd from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. 

Stop by for coffee and conversation with the members of the City Council and School Board. 
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