August, 2016

Summer in Scarborough

Concerts in the Park 2016

What a fantastic summer for the Concert in the Park series sponsored by the Scarborough Community Chamber of Commerce and Scarborough Community Services. We can't wait to see the schedule for 2017!

 SummerFest 2016 - Friday, August 19
(Rain Date: Saturday, August 20) 

When summer comes to a close and the school shopping ensues, Scarborough Community Services gears up for their annual SummerFest event. Held on the third Friday in August for the past 19 years, SummerFest has served as one of the best places to gather with friends, family, and neighbors to celebrate another beautiful summer season come and gone.
This event is not only the perfect place to catch up with everyone, it also functions as an annual fundraiser for many local non-profits, including service organizations, school sports groups, and several local churches. Event vendors offer everything from fun activities, games, and crafts to dinner and dessert items.
This year's SummerFest is scheduled for Friday, August 19, and everyone involved is crossing their fingers for great weather and a great turnout.

Public Water Source for Scarborough Residents

This Summer's drought is starting to impact some residents in Southern Maine including some in our own community. 

Scarborough has a free public water dispensing site at our Dunstan Fire Station located at 639 US Rte. 1. The attached photo illustrates the facility and the location of the spigot on the western (Saco) side of the building along with the signs to direct the public.  Residents do not need to enter the facility or ask permission, the water supply is always accessible 24/7.  Residents will need to bring their own containers to transport the water.

New Welcome Signs Arrive

The new "Welcome to Scarborough" signs arrived last month!  
The signs are installed at the various gateways into the Town - such as Route One (North and South) and Haigis Parkway. The signs coordinate with the wayfinding signs that were installed a few years ago.
The colors reflect a reinterpretation of traditional coastal colors and are intended to represent sunsets and driftwood.  
They replace a series of older signs that had seen better days.

New Fire Truck Arrives in Town
By Chief B. Michael Thurlow

I'm pleased to report that our newest fire truck has arrived. The Truck Committee has completed its final inspection and accepted delivery. 

As we reach this milestone I really want to thank the members of the truck committee for all their work on this project.  

We are fortunate to have a group of very seasoned committee members who collectively have worked on dozens of apparatus purchases over the years.  Their input, expertise, and institutional knowledge is what makes our procurement process so successful.  Thanks to all involved for the role you played in brining another major apparatus replacement process to a successful conclusion within budget!

Eastern Road Striping Pilot Project
By Planning & Codes Department

The Town of Scarborough and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine are partnering on a Pilot Project on the Eastern Road.  As you see along Eastern Road there are new pavement markings delineating 4 foot wide shoulder areas along both sides of the road. These dashed white lines are delineated as advisory lanes for walkers, joggers and bikers.

Given the amount of bicycle and pedestrian activity on the Eastern Road, and the potential for even more as the Eastern Trail connection is completed, this stripping is intended to add additional priority and safety for walkers, joggers and cyclists. As shown in the diagram, motorists are advised to drive close to the center of the roadway and bike and pedestrians are advised to generally use the bicycle/pedestrian lanes along both sides. That said, motorists are permitted to encroach into the bike/pedestrian lane when safe and there are no ob-structions and likewise, pedestrians and cyclists can encroach into the center lane when safe and there are no motorists. This is the advisory nature of the dashed lane markings.

For more information, please visit our website at A survey will also be available later this summer to collect feedback and comments from all users.

Home Key Safes Aid 1st Responders
By Chief B. Michael Thurlow

For several years the Scarborough Fire Department, and many other departments, have adopted a program where businesses voluntarily place a key safe on their commercial properties.
The program has worked so well for commercial properties over the years the Knox Company, which makes the commercial key safes, has now expanded the program to a residential line of safes called HomeBox. Knox HomeBox can be installed directly to a home, or they have models that hang over a door that don't require fasteners or permanent mounting.

These safes are manufactured by the Knox Company, an American company that specializes in manufacturing these secure devices.  Each community is assigned a unique Knox master key that opens all the safes installed in their community.  Those master keys are kept in safes mounted in our fire apparatus for security purposes so they can only be accessed by first responders when needed to gain access to a home or business.

Providing first responders with a quick and secure way to make entry during a fire or a medical emergency when the patient may not be able to greet responders at the door can make a big difference in how that particular call goes when the call is urgent in nature. The key system also saves us from having to force entry which often causes damage to doors or windows when we need to make access.

Senior Services Available at the Scarborough Public Library
by Nick McKelvy, Trustee, Scarborough Public Library

The Town of Scarborough has a significant, and growing, senior population. There are a number of retirement communities in town and, per a recent survey, 31% of Scarborough households include at least one adult age 65 or older. The Scarborough Public Library fills a unique role for our community's seniors by providing opportunities for personal enrichment, for developing new skills and for forging social connections. It does everything.

On a most fundamental level, the physical building of the library is a welcoming environment for those who live alone and who may not have other reasons to venture out.  The library offers seniors access to information and media that they might not otherwise be able to afford due to income restrictions. Thanks to the library's collections and staff, seniors can continue to read their favorite books, peruse their favorite magazines and watch their favorite movies even if they are living on a fixed income. The library is centrally located in town and the entrance is close to the parking lot.

Sprinkler System Saves Lives & Building 
By Chief B. Michael Thurlow

A couple of weeks ago we had another perfect example of the importance of sprinkler systems.  We were called to a reported structure fire at a brand new 12-unit apartment building in the Dunstan neighborhood of our community.  This building has only been occupied for a few months and is fully leased.  The fire started accidently in a bathroom of one of the apartments shortly after the tenant left to go to work. 

The fire started small and triggered a local smoke detector in that individual apartment.  Unfortunately, since the tenant had already left, no one was home to hear the smoke detector or investigate the problem.  In multi-tenant residential occupancies like this, that is how smoke detectors are installed.  There are detectors in the individual apartments that only ring locally to alert the individuals in that apartment.  This prevents activation of the entire building's fire alarm system and the evacuation of the facility due to burnt toast or other minor events that cause a small amount of smoke in a single unit. 

In addition to the local smoke detectors there are additional smoke detectors in the hallways and other common areas that are tied into the fire alarm system so that if a fire gets big enough to spread smoke outside of a single apartment, the system will sound the alarms throughout the building and notify the fire department.

Interesting & Helpful Facts about Recycling
Topic of the Month: Plastic
Compiled by Scarborough Public Works

There are many items generally not accepted in the curbside recycling bins. One example is plastic bags, wraps, and film. Most facilities are set up to handle predominantly rigid (hard) materials that are easier to separate.  They don't accept softer items such as your ready-for-retirement college sweatshirt, your beer-stained carpeting or your stash of used grocery bags.  It's not that used plastic bags, wraps, and film can't be recycled into new materials - they simply require a different collection system and processing equipment than many curbside recycling programs provide.  

Did you know? 
  • It takes 500 - 1,000 years for plastic to degrade.
  • The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year.
  • Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the Earth 4 times.
  • Plastic chemicals can be absorbed by the body. 93% of Americans age six or older test positive for BPA (a plastic chemical).  

Record Number of Incoming SMCC Students Selected for Public Safety Live-in Program

by B. Michael Thurlow, Fire Chief & Professor Steve Willis, Department Chair SMCC

A record-high 41 new Southern Maine Community College students have been selected to serve as live-in students at fire stations in 17 area municipalities for the 2016-17 academic year. 
Students who participate in SMCC's live-in program receive fire-rescue and emergency medical services training and live and work at fire stations while enrolled as full-time Fire Science, Paramedicine and Criminal Justice students at SMCC.
Now in its 27th year, the program started with just six students - two each at the South Portland, Gorham and Scarborough fire departments. This year's participants will serve at 31 fire-EMS stations in 17 municipalities stretching from Kennebunk in the south to Topsham in the east to as far inland as Raymond.
Here in Scarborough we are welcoming six new students this year, 1 from Maine, 2 each from both New Hampshire and Connecticut, and 1 from Vermont.  These six new live-in students will be joining 7 veterans some of whom have already earned one Associates' Degree in Fire Science, and are now working on a second degree in Paramedicine.

2016 Parking Regulations at Higgins Beach

Parking Regulations at Higgins Beach, Effective from May 1st to September 15th, from  6 A.M. to 10 P.M.  Violations  will be ticketed at an $80 charge, (If paid within 30 days each charge will be $40).

The following are now in effect:
  • One hour of free metered parking may be used every 3 hours.
  • Your car, SUV, van, pick-up or motorcycle MUST be fully within one of the metered spaces.
  • A parking voucher MUST be obtained from the kiosk as soon as your vehicle is in place. 
  • A single voucher MUST be clearly displayed on the driver's side dashboard.
  • The voucher MUST match the license plate(s) on the car.
  • A Public Lot is available at 41 Ocean Avenue for $10 per day or with a Seasonal Beach Pass, which may be purchased from the Town Clerk's Office - Route 1.
  • No RVs, large vans, buses or campers are allowed to park anywhere in Higgins Beach.
  • The DROP-OFF zone, marked in green, is available for 5 minutes. Violators will be ticketed.
  • There is NO ON-STREET PARKING anywhere else in Higgins Beach.

The Following Restrictions Apply to Dogs on Beaches 
  • From April 1 to Labor Day dogs shall be restricted in the Restricted Areas of each Beach as set forth in Section 604.2(11).
  • From May 15th to Labor Day (i) no dogs on any Beach from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and (ii) dogs on leash from 5:00 p.m. to dusk.
  • From the day after Labor Day to May 14th dogs on leash from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • If directed by the Animal Control Officer or a law enforcement officer a Responsible Party may be required to leash their dog.
  • No dogs on any beach from 30 minutes after sunset (dusk) to 30 minutes before sunrise (dawn).
  • Whenever a portion of a beach has been roped off, fenced off or otherwise demarcated or posted as a protected area in order to protect the nesting site of a piping plover or of any other endangered species protected under federal law, no dog shall approach within 200 feet of such protected area.
  • Dogs shall be on leash while entering or exiting vehicles and the Beach.
  • At all times not otherwise addressed above, dogs shall be under Voice and Sight Control.
Best Wishes to Retiring Town Employees
by Heidi McNinch, Human Resources

Marcia McGinnis, Administrative Coordinator for the Community Services Department, retired on July 15th.  Marcia began her career with the Town in 1998 as the Deputy Town Clerk and moved to the Community Services Department in 2006. Throughout her career with the Town, Marcia received numerous commendations for her work and for the past 10 years helped keep the Community Services Department running smoothly and efficiently with enthusiasm.
The husband and wife team of Dan and Cheryl Plowman are retiring on September 2nd.  Dan began his career in 2010 as a part time employee with the Community Services and Public Works Departments.  Dan assisted the Community Services Department with Seasonal Beach Care and Grounds Maintenance and the Public Works Department as a Seasonal Operations Driver/Laborer. In August 2014, Dan became a full time Maintenance Worker with the Public Works Department where he assisted with road maintenance, constructions and repairs, and in snow and ice removal.

Chery began her career with the Town as a part time Finance Clerk with the Collections Department in August of 2013.  In November of 2013, Cheryl was hired full time with the Collections Department where she provides Town citizens and visitors with friendly customer service while processing and collecting property and excise taxes.

Frank Nappi is retiring from the Public Works Department on September 1st after 27 years of dedicated service to the Town.  Frank joined the Public Works Department in 1989 in the Vehicle Maintenance Division working as a Mechanic.  After 5 years, Frank joined the Operations Team where he performs varied maintenance work on Town streets and operates trucks and sanders in snow removal.  

About the Scarborough Town Newsletter
Welcome to the official newsletter of the Town of Scarborough, Maine.  Brought to you by a team of Town staff, our mission is to keep you informed about town events and activities.  

Please note that the newsletter articles are intended to be brief and will often point you back to a link on the Town's Website or Facebook page. The website is the heart of the communication network within town and is the central repository for information on Town government.

Thanks for reading!  If you have ideas for stories, please email us.  

Your newsletter team:

Tody Justice, Town Clerk Laura Bean, Library
Bill Reichl, Community Services Mark Mitchell, Codes & Planning
Heidi McNinch, Human Resources Brian Longstaff, Codes & Planning
Jaclyn Mandrake, Human Resources Chief Michael Thurlow, Fire Department
Jaime Higgins & Kim Sperlich, Police Department Ruth Porter, Finance
Mike Shaw & Jolene Bouchard, Public Works Sean Bushway, IT
Magdalena Slawiec & Karen Martin, SEDCO Tom Hall, Town Manager

2016 Scarborough Town Council
William Donovan, Chair
Shawn Babine, Vice Chair
Chris Caiazzo
Jean-Marie Caterina
Peter Hayes
Will Rowan
Katherine St. Clair