News & Updates
Zoning Ordinance Revision

The City of Saco recently solicited feedback from the community through an online survey, as part of the city’s zoning ordinance revision process.

Our Zoning Ordinance was adopted in 1985 and while it has been amended over the years, this is the first time we will be taking a comprehensive look at the city’s zoning and land use practices.

At a City Council meeting last month, Saco’s City Administrator, Kevin Sutherland, announced that if the city received at least 1,000 responses he would jump into the ocean. We received 1,080 responses, so on Thursday, January 31st at 8:00 AM, Kevin made good on that promise and jumped into the ocean in Camp Ellis. Watch the Facebook Live post here .

Through the survey, Saco’s waterfront is one of the six topics the community expressed the greatest interest in discussing further at a zoning and land-use workshop. Other topics include downtown, Route 1, Parks and Recreation, transportation, suburban and rural, and Housing.

A  Zoning Workshop will be held on February 7th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at People’s Choice Credit Union located at 23 Industrial Park Road. All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP using our Survey Monkey link here .
Winter Travel Safety Tips
With winter upon us, here are some helpful items to have on hand in your vehicle when you travel. Check out the Emergency Car Kit checklist from the Maine Department of Transportation.

  • Water in small bottles that can thaw quickly;
  • Spare cell phone charger;
  • Jumper cables or portable battery charger;
  • Energy boosting snacks;
  • Tire pressure gauge and tire sealant;
  • Battery-powered weather radio;
  • Tire jack and lug wrench;
  • Hand warmers;
  • First aid kit;
  • Tow strap;
  • Headlamp or flashlight;
  • Snow shovel and ice scraper;
  • Pocket knife or multi-tool;
  • Warm blanket or sleeping bag; and
  • Road flares or reflective hazard triangles.

Winter Driving Precautions:
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly
  • Leave yourself double the stopping distance from dry pavement conditions
  • Stay clear from emergency snow removal equipment
  • Plan trips around inclement weather whenever possible
Don't Toss It, Swap It!
Got an old table in your garage? A lawnmower that works, but you don't need it anymore? See if you can swap it! This area was created at the Transfer Facility for residents to leave "usable" items and materials for other residents to use. Residents may drop off items that have some useful life in them as well as pick up something that might be of use to them! Although it is called a "Swap Shop" you do not need to take an item if you leave an item. 
Pre-Kindergarten Registration
The Saco School Department is expanding the Pre-Kindergarten program for the 2019-2020 school year. Pre-Kindergarten is for children who will be four years of age on or before October 15, 2019.

Visit sacoschools.org to complete the pre-registration form. This form will help us to prepare for the 2019-2020 school year. The form will also be used to let parents and guardians know when the enrollment site is open and to keep families up to date on all Saco Pre-K news and events.

Please contact Jen Partridge at jpartridge@sacoschools.org or 207.284.4505 ext 7061 for more information.
Recycling Best Practices
Our waste provider has notified us that the City will be charged additional fees for contaminated recycling. Contamination is disposing of non-recyclable items in the recycling bin.

Please only place ACCEPTABLE items in your BROWN recycling cart. Items not accepted are listed on the back of this flyer along with some useful tips on how to recycle properly. 
Volunteering Opportunities

Do you have a desire to serve your community? Would you like to get out and meet new people? The City of Saco needs you!  To participate in the Senior Citizen Tax Work Off Program, individuals must be 60 years of age and must own their own home and reside at that property to be eligible to participate in the program. The program began on May 1, 2018 and continues through April 30, 2019. Volunteers are required to work at least 75 hours during that time in order to receive a credit of $750 towards their Saco property taxes, if volunteers are unable to work the full 75 hours, the tax credit will be prorated. Income limits for this program are $38,300 for a one person household and $43,800 for two person households. 

Volunteers are needed at the Saco Train Station. We are seeking either Individuals or Couples to serve as station host(s), greeting and assisting visitors to the train station. At the Saco station, hours are available in the mornings and evenings during the week and on weekends. We are also recruiting volunteers who do not qualify for the Tax Relief Program, but would like to volunteer to help the city.

Training will be provided upon acceptance into the Tax relief and regular volunteer program. Applications are available at Saco City Hall in the Human Resources office in the annex. Applications may be submitted at any time and will be accepted on a rolling basis (depending on program availability). Please contact Mary Starr, Senior Volunteer Coordinator at 207-468-0392 if you have any questions regarding the program. 
City Clerk's Department Video
What is a City Clerk? The Clerk's Office is responsible for maintaining vital records, voter registration and elections, and many more duties. Watch this informational video to learn more about what the office of the City Clerk does in Saco. Come see Michele, Ron, Will, and Judy in the City Clerk's Office. They are happy to assist you!
Energy & Sustainability
The Saco Energy & Sustainability Committee is currently in the process of reviewing Requests for Proposals for the city’s fuel and electricity contracts to ensure the most efficient energy costs. In November the committee oversaw the removal of the wind turbine on Saco Island. Councilor Nathan Johnston will be forming a turbine site committee in the spring to generate new energy-efficiency projects to re-purpose the remaining concrete pad. At their most recent meeting, the Saco Energy & Sustainability Committee discussed the feasibility of having electrical vehicle charging stations installed.
Handyman Program - Age Friendly Saco
Age Friendly Saco has a Handy Neighbor program in which volunteers do small repair and home maintenance jobs to make it easier for older adults (50+) to stay in their homes. The service is free. Materials may involve a charge. Donations to Age Friendly Saco are welcomed. If you have a small maintenance job, call 710-5029 and someone will get back to you.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Boards, committees, and commissions are designed to give citizens a voice in their government and provide a means of influencing decisions that shape the quality of life for residents. Participation on a board or commission is one of the most effective steps citizens can take in having an active voice in their government.

These meetings are open to the public. Visit the community calendar on our website to see meeting dates, times, and locations.
Camp Ellis Community Meeting
February 5th at 7:00 PM
City Hall Auditorium
Recognizing several community members are unable to attend the Camp Ellis Community Meeting this evening, we will record the meeting and air it on TATV (channel 1301), Town Hall Streams , and Facebook Live .

If you have any questions you'd like to ask during the meeting, please send them to ERoy@sacomaine.org, or submit them as comments through the Facebook Live feed.

For those who can attend, the meeting will be held in the City Hall Auditorium at 7:00 PM.
Zoning Workshop
February 7th at 6:00 PM
People's Choice Credit Union
Red Cross Blood Drive
February 9th - 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
Saco Central Fire Station
2017 Electrical Code
Informational Meeting
February 12th at 6:30 PM
City Hall Auditorium
Saco Route 112/Exit 36 Area Transportation Study
February 13th at 6:00 PM
City Hall Auditorium
Celebration of Love & Community
February 14th at 5:30 PM
Ferry Beach Retreat and
Conference Center
Swing into Spring
Dinner and Dance
March 16th at 5:00 PM
Saco Community Center
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