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Have you heard of the Betty White Challenge? To honor the late, super-great, Betty White, people are being encouraged to donate $5.00 to their local animal rescue or shelter. We have two great local options, Safe Haven Humane Society here in Wells and the Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk. If cats are your passion, you may wish to donate to Safe Haven. If you lean more towards dogs, rabbits, and other furry animals, a donation to AWS may be more your style.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

All non-emergency Town services will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2022 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fire Department
Mark Dupuis, Fire Chief
Happy New Year. May this New Year be a step forward, bringing on new adventures and new achievements!

Chief Dupuis and Captain Jeff Nawfel went out to the Pierce Manufacturing factory in Appleton Wisconsin to establish and confirm all the technical details of our new Tower Truck including axle weights, aerial tip weight, maximum speed, and many of the details that were needed to ensure the build is done exactly as specified and meets all NFPA national standards as well as all DOT requirements. The facility was amazing, and it became very apparent that we will be getting the highest quality truck on the market today! We are looking forward to the truck being completed sometime in mid to late Summer. As things progress, we will continue to share updates.

In December our crews responded to several fires in homes, including two a week apart that required a full first alarm be transmitted requiring mutual aid from three departments to assist with the extinguishing and overhaul of the residence. With that I want to thank all our off duty and call firefighters who responded to these incidents. They worked together to ensure the fires were unable to spread beyond the rooms of their origin and helped to keep the homeowners from a much more significant loss. If it wasn’t for their courageousness and teamwork, it could have been a different outcome.

We were glad to be able to participate in the Christmas Parade this year as normal. It was nice to see everyone get together during this ongoing pandemic for the holiday season. Thank you to all who participated. It was truly a joyous event.
Michael Yorke, Harbor Master
With the clamming season underway you might notice a lot more activity on the intertidal shore of Wells Harbor. Recreational clam diggers can harvest one peck of clams per day on every other weekend and Holidays till the end of March. Clam licenses purchased from the Town are required to participate.

Duck hunting season has been upon us as well, creating more than usual winter traffic at the boat launch.

We have a few resident seals this winter showing up at random tides and times, sunning themselves on the Marsh shores and docks on warm days. Many Loons have arrived for the winter, if you have a powerful camera lens you can catch them feasting on Green Crabs which is appreciated by all.

Last but not least, the new Shellfish building is coming along nicely thanks to many volunteers who are lending their time and experience at the construction trade. Special thanks to all whom have helped, this building is sure to be a valuable asset to the citizens of Wells.
Police Department
Jo-Ann Putnam, Chief of Police
On Tuesday January 4, 2022, four members of our agency were pinned at the Select Board meeting. Our newly promoted supervisors are Sergeant Christopher Baez, Sergeant William Jepson, Corporal Jeffrey Galasyn and Corporal Karl Roy. The ceremony included introductions from Chief Putnam and the badge pinning by Select Board Chair Sean Roche. The promotional process included a letter of intent and essay, written exam, oral board, and a command staff interview. All four members are joining Sgt. Timothy Cetrano who was previously promoted from this promotion process.

Corporal Jeffrey Galasyn (pictured top left) started his career as a Summer Reserve Officer for the Wells Police Department; in September of 2014 he became a full time Officer. Cpl. Galasyn is a certified forensic interviewer through the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) where he has received numerous recognitions for his forensic interviews with children who disclose abuse. In York County, Cpl. Galasyn is the only law enforcement officer to conduct forensic interviews with the CAC. Cpl. Galasyn is a certified Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) instructor and has been teaching classes for 3 years now. Cpl. Galasyn is a certified instructor through the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. He has been training young officers since 2017, when he became a Field Training Officer.

Sgt. William Jepson (pictured top right) started working for the Wells Police Department in November of 2013. Sgt. Jepson quickly became a leader in operating under influence enforcement which earned him the training as a Certified Intoxilyzer Instructor and Drug Recognition Expert. Sgt. Jepson is a certified instructor through the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. He also has been mentoring young officers as a Field Training Officer since 2018.

Corporal Karl Roy (pictured bottom left) started working for the Wells Police Department in June of 2019. Cpl. Roy came to Wells after working for the Clinton Police Department for 3 years. Cpl. Roy is a certified Drug Recognition Expert, Forensic Phlebotomist and EMT. Since 2019 he has been assigned with the agencies Criminal Investigation Division. Cpl. Roy is a certified instructor through the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

Sgt. Christopher Baez (pictured bottom right) started working for the Wells Police Department in July of 2012. During this time, some of Sgt. Baez’s responsibilities have included maintaining our fleet of cruisers, department equipment & radio infrastructure, evidence technician and property room manager. Sgt. Baez is currently working on a project to improve the towns radio communications infrastructure for Police, Fire, EMS and Public Works. One of Sgt. Baez’s proudest accomplishments is acting as the project manager for the town during the planning and construction of the Public Safety Complex. 
Cindy Appleby, Library Director
Winter is in full force but the library has plenty of books and DVDs to keep you cozily entertained on cold days.

AARP Tax Aide is returning to the library! Assistance will be available on Tuesdays starting February 1st through April 12th by appointment only. The library website will post the contact information for appointments as soon as we have it. Federal tax forms should be arriving soon, as well.

Calling all polar bears, seals and walruses! Come have a blast at our Arctic Party on Thursday, January 27th at 6:00 p.m. All ages welcome to celebrate winter with crafts, games and fun!

Wishful Reading meets on Tuesday, January 18th at 2:00 p.m. to discuss The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley.

February’s nonfiction book group will be discussing Lincoln’s Last Trial by Dan Abrams on Wednesday, February 2nd at 4:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Have you stopped by to see the beautiful quilts made by Maureen Johnston hanging in our Ethel Weymouth Art Gallery? They’ll be on display through January.

The library will be closed on Monday, January 17th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Planning Department
Michael Livingston, Town Engineer/Planner
The Planning Department is working on potential ordinance changes for the June Town Meeting: Cluster Subdivisions, Multifamily Developments, Update to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) to adjust for new state laws and the elimination of a sprinkler system requirements for Marijuana facilities.

The Planning Board is currently reviewing several projects that are nearing final approval: Relocation of Diary Queen on Route One, Parker Ridge Subdivision, Grand Trail Phase 3 Subdivision, and Dell Downeast Subdivision. Several application reviews have been suspended until the snow cover is gone in order to conduct site walks. Construction monitoring continues on active projects. The Harbor Road sidewalk project has been completed.
Wells Energy Committee - 3-Question Interview
Beth Widmayer, Chair
Here’s another short interview with a Wells resident who has taken steps to reduce their carbon footprint. If you know someone who has taken similar steps, we’d love to talk to them. Please contact WEAC Chair, Beth Widmayer.
3-QUESTION INTERVIEW: ELECTRIC VEHICLE with Wells resident, Paul Huffman

What do you like (and dislike) about your electric vehicle?
We like that we can drive a vehicle that is low maintenance and gets the equivalent of 104 MPG AND moves us away from fossil fuels and away from contributing to climate change. We bought our EV about a year ago and chose the Nissan Leaf mostly due to availability. So far it’s been very dependable. Safety (rated 5 out of 5) and handling seem fine, even in winter. No problems at all. As far as dislikes, the fact that charging stations are not as frequent as we’d like means that we still use our gas car for long trips
How costly has it been to own an EV?
EVs are a little more expensive upfront, but available incentives help a lot. Our Leaf cost us $26,500. The sticker price was $44k, but the dealer incentive reduced that to $36k.Then federal and state rebates and tax credits brought it down to $26.5k. We installed a 240v home charging system which ran $450. In terms of driving, we’ve only seen a slight increase in our electric bill, and gas prices are nuts! Insurance prices are same as regular cars. In terms of maintenance costs, it’s too soon to tell with our EV, but others have reported very low costs due to having fewer parts to go wrong.

What about range?
The range of our Leaf is 250 miles. But running heat or AC will slightly reduce the range by 10 to 15% on the hottest/coldest days. This is a second car for us, and for long trips we still use our gas car. We’d prefer to only use an electric car, but we have to wait a bit for fast charging stations to be available everywhere. So far we’ve only charged it at home. It takes about 8 hours (so overnight) for a full charge We use it for all trips within its range. For example, we can get to Portland and back 2 or 3 times on a full charge.
208 Sanford Road
Wells, ME 04090