October 15, 2019
Hurd Park Lot at Pine Point
Please join us at the Pine Point Fire Station at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 29 or at the Town Hall on Tuesday, November 26 at 6:00 pm for an information session regarding a redesign of the Hurd Park lot at Pine Point. There will be an opportunity for residents to provide input on the design of the lot and plenty of time to ask questions about the process. Your voice matters, please come
add it to the conversation!
A Community Center for Scarborough?
John Cloutier and Paul Johnson, Town Council
The Scarborough Town Council has commissioned an advisory committee to evaluate one option for bringing a Community Center to our town. A critical first step in this process is to better understand the core components that Scarborough residents would like to see included and to gauge the public's willingness to pay for some of the more expensive amenities such as a swimming pool. Please add your voice to this process by completing a brief survey that can be found at various locations across town, including the Town Clerk's Office and Public Library, or online .
The option under review would incorporate a Community Center into a commercial recreational facility that is being planned by The Downs and Edge Sports Group (ESG). The Edge Facility is expected to include an Ice Rink with spectator seating, indoor and outdoor Turf Field, ProShop and concession area. All of these amenities are privately owned and would not be included in the town's community center; but, they could complement a potential community center as they would be under the same roof.
Last November, a Community Center was contemplated as a key component of the Scarborough Downs Credit Enhancement Agreement and this project could benefit from that work as it provides a potential mechanism for funding the Community Center if it is part of a leased facility. The Committee will compare the benefits and taxpayer impact  of a partnership with The Downs and ESG against the alternative of financing the Community Center through a bond referendum with a town-owned facility on the Municipal Campus.
It is important to clarify that this work is being undertaken to allow the Town Council to make as informed of a decision as possible about the opportunity at hand. We hope that you will engage and share your thoughts with us as we move forward.

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Habits Improve, But There's Still Work to Do
Jami Fitch, Sustainability Coordinator
Plastic bags and wrap clog the machines at ecomaine.
Over the summer, the Town embarked on a new recycling outreach program where interns were hired to check recycling carts on our Tuesday collection route. For eight weeks between June and August, the interns lifted lids on recycling carts to make sure they only contained items that could be recycled. Carts were then marked with a colored tag based on what they contained:
-         GREEN tags meant you're doing a great job recycling!
-         YELLOW  tags meant the cart contained a few items that were not recyclable.
-         RED  tags meant the cart contained too many items that are not recyclable and were not picked up that week.

During the outreach program, we were happy to see recycling habits improve! The number of carts tagged with green tags increased from 52% at the beginning of the program to 84% at the end of the program, and the number of carts tagged with yellow tags decreased from 42% to 10%. Carts tagged with red tags stayed about the same throughout the eight-week program.

Data from ecomaine also showed better recycling habits. The amount contamination, or items in recycling carts that can't be recycled, decreased from 26% before the program to 19% at the end of the program. Ecomaine rejects recycling loads that have more than 26% contamination. Rejected recycling loads are processed like trash and cost the Town a lot more than clean recycling loads. In July and August 2018, ecomaine rejected 67 of our recycling loads because they contained too many items that could not be recycled. In July and August 2019, only 10 of our recycling loads were rejected.

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Fire Truck Referendum Question 
B. Michael Thurlow, Fire Chief
This fall's local ballot contains a referendum question asking Scarborough voters if they are in favor of authorizing up to $660,000 in bonds to fund the cost of a new fire truck. It wouldn't be appropriate for me to advocate for citizens to vote a certain way, however it is my duty to provide as much accurate information as possible so that the electorate can make an informed decision when they cast their ballot.

There are three primary reasons that drive the replacement of fire apparatus. The first is a broad category of condition which factors the age, shape and reliability of the truck. The second is the cost of maintenance which generally increases with age, usage, and availability of replacement parts. The third is safety which, as with any other vehicle or mechanical device, is affected by age and use.

The Fire Department has a formal apparatus replacement plan that was first established in the 1940's. In 2019 that plan was updated to reflect current demands on our department's apparatus, and addresses changes required in part by the use of corrosive chemicals to promote rapid ice melt on our roads. The updated replacement plan analyzed ongoing maintenance expenses with cost of ownership including purchase price, replacement cost, and projected resale value. It references the consensus standards from the National Fire Protection Association that govern the design, maintenance, and replacement of fire apparatus. The replacement plan is a proactive planning tool to forecast expenditures for capital items well in advance in an attempt to avoid reactive, unplanned expenses after a failure of a critical piece of apparatus mid-budget. The fire department's replacement plan is considered along with those from police, public works, and other departments as the Town Manager prepares the annual capital improvement budget requests to balance the capital needs of all departments in town.

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Bond Referenda Questions
The November 5, 2019 Town of Scarborough ballot will ask voters to decide on three projects to be paid for with bonds. Materials found on our website, and the article on the fire truck bond above, can help you make an informed decision when you vote. For additional information on any of the bond questions please contact the Town Clerk's office, (207) 730-4020.

Residential Revaluation Recap Workshop
Larissa Crockett, Assistant Town Manager
The Town Council held a workshop on October 2, 2019 on the recently completed residential revaluation. This workshop was for the Council to ask questions about the process, results, and future revaluation efforts. It also provided staff with the opportunity to report to the Council and the public about how this process can be improved in the future. A video recording of the workshop and the slide show presented during this workshop are linked below. 

As part of the workshop a number of new tools were presented, all of which can be found on the Assessing Department web page. There are links to the Vision online database where you can look at property cards and a document that will help you read the property cardsWe have also created  a GIS map  that allows you to explore how property values changed as a result of the revaluation with an accompanying  video tutorial on how to use the map . If you discover an error on your property card there is a link from the map to an online corrections form. All of these tools are published online for your convenience. Our staff is still available to answer your questions during regular business hours by phone, (207) 730-4060, or in person at the Town Hall. You can also request that a copy of your property card be mailed to you by calling the Assessing Department at the number above. 

13th Year of Award for Annual Financial Report
Ruth Porter, Finance Director
For the thirteenth consecutive year, the Town of Scarborough has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the Town's Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports. This is a prestigious award and in order to receive the Certificate of Achievement award, a government must publish an easily readable and efficiently organized comprehensive annual financial report. This report must satisfy both generally accepted accounting principles and applicable legal requirements. This achievement is something the Town and its citizens should be very proud of.
The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is prepared in accordance with Town Charter, State Statutes and accounting principles generally accepted (GAAP) in the United States of America. We encourage you to review all the information it has to offer. The Introductory Section includes the Letter of Transmittal, which is a summary of the Town's activity for the 2018 fiscal year as well as short term and long term planning goals. The Management's Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) immediately following the Independent Auditor's Report provides a narrative introduction, overview, and analysis of the Town's financial statements. The Financial Section provides statements and schedules along with notes to supplement the information this section provides. The Statistical Section part of the annual report presents tables containing historic information as a context for understanding what the information in the financial statements, note disclosures and supplementary information says about the Town's overall financial health. We believe once you start reading it, you will be surprised how interesting all this information can be.
Halloween Safety Tips
Stephen Kramer, Program Coordinator, Community Services
Halloween is an exciting time of the year for kids, with Halloween falling on Thursday, October 31. Scarborough Community Services  wanted to pass along some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
  • See and be seen! Reflective tap, flashlights and glow sticks make children visible to drivers and each other.
  • Masks and costumes should never block a child's vision.
  • Use the buddy system, children should trick or treat in groups, not alone.
  • Remind children to wait until home to eat candy.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
Scarborough Community Services wishes everyone a safe and fun Halloween!

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 Catherine Morrison, Public Library
Stephen Kramer, Community Services Donald Begin, IT
Heidi McNinch, Human Resources Brian Longstaff, Codes & Planning
Kelly Johnston, Scarborough Public Schools
Michael Thurlow, Fire Department
Kim Sperlich, Police Department Ruth Porter, Finance
Leona Oceania, Public Works Larissa Crockett, Administration
Magdalena Slawiec, SEDCO

2019 Scarborough Town Council
Peter Hayes, Chair
Katy Foley, Vice Chair
Jean-Marie Caterina
John Cloutier
William Donovan
Don Hamill
Paul Johnson