Searsmont News – Waldo County VillageSoup
Not much fun moving the snow around. Yet that leaves an artist’s canvas and a blank book for images and stories. Tracks tell of deer coming from the woods and over the stone wall to the small beech for
nibble on the buds, then return to the safety of the hemlocks. Traces draw the portrait of a mysterious quadruped with a trailing tail. And the snowshoe footprints remind us of two-footed people appreciating the beauty of it all after a snowfall here in Searsmont.
The selectors’ weekly working session on Feb. 7 looked at the Route 3 solar farm project (current owners may be selling the lease), possible refinancing of the new fire station loan, and an assessment of the former fire station (is there any buyer interest?). They discussed a town assembly mandate item regarding bulletin boards, state road mowing (the job of the state), and the city’s legal reserve accounts.
On Feb. 8, after a short monthly meeting of elected officials, only a handful of Searsmonters attended the 2022 budget hearing. Most were department heads. The breeders have been frugal and the numbers are startling. “Consolidated departmental budgets,” $1,190,000 last year, are expected to rise just 2% to $1,215,000. Even with $81,000 added to reserve accounts, the municipal budget presented to voters (not including projected revenues) will be less than $1,300,000. We’ll provide more details soon, but as a preview of upcoming attractions: Roads and Bridges set to increase by $20,000, Rescue by $8,000, Fire Department by $8,000, and Transfer Station $10,000 with no bags to buy.
The library will be closed on Saturday February 19. Lots of appreciation for Lesia Sochor’s art exhibit, including “Series of Threads” oils, sewing pattern collages, and “bodice” collection. His artwork and greeting cards are on sale, with proceeds from the card going to the library.
Enter and enjoy recent acquisitions, including “Apple Varieties in Maine” by Frederick Charles Bradford, “The Nature of Nature” by Enric Sala, the last three Alexander McCall Smith “No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency”, “The Horsewoman” by James Patterson and “End of Days” by Brad Taylor. Children will enjoy “The Lego Architecture Book” and “George’s Marvelous Medicine”, and the whole family will enjoy new DVDs, including “A Lego Brickumentary”, “The Four Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Starring The Beatles” and “Moana”.
H. Joyce Withee Scholarship
The Library Board is accepting applications until April 30 for the Withee Scholarship. This is a $500 tuition or book award given to a Searsmonter studying library and information science or elementary education in any accredited program. The scholarship is named after the beloved Searsmonter who founded the library.
Send a letter to Searsmont Public Library, PO Box 56, Searsmont ME 04973, and let the administrators know who you are, what you are studying and where, the date you expect to complete your studies and the cost of tuition fees. schooling or books. Also include a “statement of career purpose or goals”. The 2022 price will be announced in mid-May.
It was disappointing that so few Searsmonters came out to ask questions and voice their opinions during the budget hearing. The selectors have done a good job rubbing nickels to cut taxes, but we’re hoping for a livelier discussion at the town meeting.
The municipal office reminds us that free salt and sand from the Searsmont salt shed is limited to two 5-gallon buckets per resident per storm. Take the small shed on the left, not the big pile.
With snow, ice, sleet, slush, cold rain and wind, the roads can be risky despite the best efforts of Searsmont snowplows and sanders. Yards and walkways are adventures too. So be careful there.