Town of Greenbush Newsletter

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2017 TAX LIENS
The Town will be mailing the annual foreclosure notices for the 2017 tax liens that are still outstanding in late March 2019. The notice states that the 2017 tax liens will need to be paid before May 9, 2019 to avoid losing your property to the Town for non-payment of taxes. Taxpayers should take heed and respond immediately to these notices. Mortgage holders and other lien holders will also be given this same notice that they could lose their rights of redemption as the Town’s tax lien, by law, supercedes any other lien including the mortgage holder’s lien. Questions can be directed to Gilberte Mayo, Deputy Treasurer regarding these notices by calling the Town Office at 207-826-2050 or email at: greenbush.tax@myottmail.com.

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G&G Trailblazers Snowmobile Club News
Trail Master – Laurence Crosby 827-1421. January finally arrived, but not lots of snow to fill in the trails. The trails are open, but not currently signed. There are active logging and trucking activities in different areas that have some roads to our trails closed. RIDE AT YOUR OWN RISK! USE A SAFE SPEED. Be aware of snow depths, ice conditions, and washouts! BE ALERT – BE SAFE! Watch out for wildlife as well. For more information, go to our Facebook page -- G&G Trailblazers.


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Fire Department News
During 2018, the Greenbush Fire Department responded to 151 emergency calls. These included 53 fire responses and 98 medical calls. The fire responses included: 6 structure fires, 1 chimney fire, 2 wild land fires, 2 vehicle fires, 1 debris fire, 5 motor vehicle accidents, 3 standbys for other departments. These responses included 17 requests from other communities. The Town has received aid this year from Miliford Fire, Bradley Fire, Passadumkeag Fire, Howland Fire, and Old Town Ambulance.

Shovel Your Doorways and Walkways
As snow finally arrives just a little reminder please shovel your walkways and steps. We tend to find that some residences only shovel the walkway they use and leave the others covered in snow. It has been especially bad this year with the ice buildup. In home fire safety it is always good to have two ways out of your house just in case the first is blocked by fire. That second entrance may also be the preferred entrance for an ambulance stretcher in time of a medical emergency. Help us help you by keeping all entrances clear of snow and ice.

Fire Safety
Unfortunately this is the time of year we see a lot of fires due to the heating season. We encourage prevention with all of your heating sources, however that does not always prevent a fire from happening. Have, and practice, a home escape plan especially if you have children. Also check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly and change your batteries regularly










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​​Helen S. Dunn School News
We’ll be holding our PreK/Kindergarten Registration on Friday, March 15th. Please call Barbara Ouellette at 826-2000 to set up a time to come to school with your child. Pre-K Registration is for all children who will be 4 years old by October 15th and Kindergarten Registration is for any student who is currently not enrolled in our Pre-K Program. Our full-day Pre-kindergarten program is for children who will be 4 years old on or before October 15th. The Pre-K program builds school readiness, beginning literacy skills, and a strong foundation for promoting positive social interactions in a classroom setting. The full-day Kindergarten is for children who will be 5 years old on or before October 15th. This program expands upon the foundational literacy work of the previous year and introduces a full spectrum of academics and positive social engagement opportunities to get your child off to the right start for their school career. Please bring the child’s original birth certificate and immunization record with you to the registration session. We look forward to working with you and your child. Non-residents are permitted into these programs as space allows.

8th Grade EventsThe 8th Grade will be making Super Bowl subs on Sunday, February 3rd. If you would like to purchase a Super Bowl sub, please contact Amy Bickford at 826-2000. All proceeds benefit the 8th Grade. Our 8th grade class will visit Orono High School on Wednesday, February 6th. The students should come to school as usual since they will be picked up here to participate in the Orono high school activities. All 8th Graders will also have the opportunity to visit Old Town High School at a later date for their Step-Up day. Representatives from NAEP will test students in Grade 8 in reading and math on February 7th. NAEP is a national assessment that looks at how students are achieving all across the United States.

WINTER BREAK: February 18 - 22
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Nomination papers will be available starting March 1, 2019 for anyone interested in running for one of the following board seats:
Board of Selectmen - 1 position for 3-year term
School Committee - 1 position for 3-year term
You must obtain signatures of at least 25 but not more than 100 people who are registered to vote in Greenbush to be eligible to be placed on the June 11, 2019 Municipal ballot.
All nomination papers must be turned in no later then 4:30 PM April 12, 2019.

Elections will be held in the Town Hall June 11, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
The Greenbush Municipal Town Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall.


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SNOW PLOWERS & SNOW SHOVELERS
Those businesses or individuals who might be interested in getting more work can leave your name and contact information with the Town Office if you want us to pass your information along to people who request those services. This includes plowing jobs or shoveling snow from roofs, etc. Contact Jeremiah Stone at 827-0029.

PARKING BAN
Reminder: There is a parking ban in town. Do not park along any roadway. The plow drivers need to be able to access the roads to be sure to clear up any snowfall and to keep the snow banks cleared back. Thank you.

PLOWING OR BLOWING SNOW INTO THE ROADS
Reminder: Please do not blow or plow snow into the roadway. First it is against the law and secondly you could cause someone to have an accident, especially if the town plows can’t get back to plow the snow again after the snow has been removed from the roadway.

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2019 Dog Licenses were due for renewal in December 2018. All dogs need to be licensed upon reaching the age of 6 months in the town where the owner resides, or after the dog has been with the family for 10 days, if adopted. Licenses cost: $6 for dogs that have been spayed/neutered or $11 for unaltered animals. These are the same fees for first time dog licenses or a license renewal. State Law requires a $25.00 late fee after January 31st. Please be sure to bring in proof of current rabies vaccine as well as spay/neuter certificate at time of licensing.

HELP FIX ME Maine’s Low Income Spay/Neuter Program. 1-800-367-1317 or (207) 287-7621
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Annual Report 2019
If you want to avoid having your name printed in the annual report for not paying your taxes, please pay all your real estate and personal property taxes before April 30, 2019. Thank you
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Are you eligible for a partial real estate tax exemption?
Homestead Exemption:  If you have owned a homestead property (primary residence) in Maine for at least twelve months and occupied that property on April 1, you may be eligible.

Veteran Exemption:  If you served during a federally recognized war period, were honorably discharged, and have reached the age of 62 or have been certified by the Veteran's Administration as 100% disabled, you may be eligible.  A copy of your discharge papers (DD214) is required when you apply.

Blind Exemption:  If you have been diagnosed as blind by a licensed doctor, you may be eligible.  A letter from the doctor stating that you are legally blind is required when you apply.

Please call the Town Office for a blank application form for any of these exemptions.  Applications must be received at the Town Office on or before April 1 in order to qualify for the upcoming tax bill.

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PO BOX 230  GREENBUSH, ME  04418                HOURS:  MON & THURS    12:00 NOON - 6:30 PM
PHONE:  (207)826-2050  FAX:  (207)826-2190                      TUES-WED-FRI    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM