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Forum on Increase in Crime in Wells
The Select Board will host a community forum on the increase in crime in Wells on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 in the Town Hall meeting room. The forum will also be live streamed on our Facebook page, YouTube channel, website, and on the local cable access channel. You can submit questions for the panel to answer at You will also have the opportunity to ask questions at the forum.
All non-emergency services will be closed on Monday, February 21, in honor of President's Day.
Fire Department
Mark Dupuis, Fire Chief

We continue to recruit for more call firefighters and have been successful in obtaining one additional firefighter with considerable experience. We are grateful that we can add an experienced member to our team as we continue to reach out into the community looking for more that might be willing to be a contributing member of the Wells community.

The Fire Department also had Central Maine Power provide training classes with the firefighters on the risks of high voltage power and the inherent dangers of dealing with downed power lines, dropped transformers and vehicles coming into contact with high tension lines. This training event included safety practices and common issues faced when responding to emergency incidents involving Central Maine Power’s systems and basic first aid and common injuries resulting from electrical contact. These types of training are beneficial to the department and the community.

The Firefighters also contributed to the warming days at the Wells Ogunquit Senior Center this month providing local cuisine from For the Love of Food and Drink on Saturday January 22nd. The weather was downright cold, but the hot food helped to take the chill out of the air for our seniors! It was great to chat with the residents and answer questions about how our department is doing.

We have also started the process of recruiting members of the Ocean Rescue team. We have already been in contact with 14 past lifeguards who are interested in coming back this year! We are hoping as the year progresses, we will hear from more. We would like to thank one of our captains Zach Collins and returning guard Tyler Wood for taking time on Thursday to deliver recruitment flyers to the surrounding businesses and schools. 
Wells Public Library
Cindy Appleby, Library Director
Wondering what to do during school vacation next week? Come have fun at the library!

  • Tuesday the 22nd from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. it’s Kids’ Crafternoon. All ages are welcome to drop in and make some art.
  • Wednesday the 23rd at 10:30 a.m. come see Bryson Lang and his hilarious juggling/comedy show.
  • Thursday the 24th at 6:00 p.m. it’s our Year of the Tiger Party. We’ll have crafts, games and delicacies to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year.
  • Friday the 25th at 3:00 p.m. it’s LEGO time! Come build and create with our LEGOs. Or try your hand at Rubik’s Cube.

For adults, we have a UFO Talk with Chris Pittman on Thursday the 24th at 5:30 p.m. to discuss what might lie beyond our starry skies.

On Wednesday, March 1st at 4:30 p.m. our nonfiction book group will meet via Zoom to discuss Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol by Nell Irvin Painter.

Stop by and admire the quilts of Janet Hines in the Ethel Weymouth Gallery through February. An artist’s reception will be held Saturday, February 19th at 10:30 a.m.

The library will be closed Monday, February 21st for Presidents’ Day.
Harbor Update
Michael Yorke, Harbor Master
February has been a quiet month so far, the cold, ice and snow have kept all but the hardiest of visitors away.

Progress continues on the new Shellfish lab as Velux installs the skylight they donated. Our volunteers have been faithfully showing up to work on good weather days as we move closer to making the building watertight.

February is the billing time for moorings and slips. An electronic bill will be sent out soon followed by a hard copy in the mail. Fees have remained the same for the 2022 season.

Ending on what may be a good note, a flock of geese was seen flying North over the harbor this week, let’s hope they know something we don’t.

Planning Department
Michael Livingston, Town Engineer/Planner
The Planning Department continues to work on potential ordinance changes for the June Town Meeting: Cluster Subdivisions and Multifamily Developments and continues providing support materials for the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee.

The Planning Board has one vacant member position to be appointed by the Board of Selectmen. If you are interested in serving on the Planning Board, please submit the Town's volunteer application to Larissa Crockett, Town Manager, by Friday, February 25, 2022.

The Planning Board is currently reviewing several projects that are nearing final approval: Outside play area for the Town Activity Center, Relocation of Diary Queen on Route One, Wesley by the Sea Phase 4, River Landing Subdivision, Parker Ridge Subdivision, Grand Trail Phase 3 Subdivision, and Dell Downeast Subdivision. Several application reviews remain suspended until the snow cover is gone in April in order to conduct site walks. Construction monitoring continues on active projects. 
Community Partners
Identifying House Styles: The 20th Century
Wells/Ogunquit Historical Society
Please join us as HSWO Executive Director, Bryce Waldrop, guides us through 20th-century house styles in Maine. The period brought many styles, technology, and material changes to building construction, leaving a rich legacy of homes in our neighborhoods. 

Date: March 24, 2022
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Zoom
Tickets are available through our website.
208 Sanford Road
Wells, ME 04090