Town of Greenbush Newsletter

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The Town will be mailing the annual foreclosure notices for the 2016 tax liens that are still outstanding on February 20, 2018.  The notices state the 2016 tax liens will need to be paid before April 4, 2018 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, supersedes any other lien including the mortgage holder's lien.  Questions can be directed to Gilberte Mayo, Deputy Tax 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.  The cold weather has come and with it lots of snow.  The club members have placed signs up indicating the trails in town and all trails are being groomed.  Mother nature being as she is - doesn't always produce good snow conditions.  We have sen our share of spring like conditions.  With the weather unpredictable, trail conditions change constantly.  Please stay on marked trails.  The club members have received permission to use the land on the marked trails from the landowners.  We must respect the landowners and use only the marked trails.  Watch your speed!  Be aware of the trails that you ride.  Watch for downed trees, open water and animals of all sorts.  The next meeting of the club is scheduled for February 3, 2018 at the clubhouse in Greenfield.

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Fire Department News
The Greenbush Fire Department is pleased to announce its first Citizen's Fire Academy!  This rewarding class will given citizens an introduction to the hands-on training that firefighters receive.  This will be a special opportunity to meet your firefighters and better understand the services you pay for as well as experience the excitement of firefighting and EMS fire responding.  The Academy will be held over an eleven-week period starting February 26, 2018 and ending May 7, 2018 with a graduation ceremony at Town Hall.  Regular classes are scheduled each Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with one Saturday class.  The course will cover topics such as how to respond to an emergency, personal protective equipment, radios, fire extinguishers, fire behavior, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), first aid, CPR and AED, GPS and much more with lots of hands on training.  There are a limited number of seats available.  Please contact Fire Chief Don Burr at 207-356-1541 or email: esb911@aol.com.  Completed applications for the fire academy must be returned no later than Friday, February 23, 2018 either by mail or in person to the Town Office.

The Fire Department ended 2017 with 176 emergency responses.  The call breakdown was 116 EMS calls and 60 fire calls.  The fire call breakdown is as follows:  10 structure fires, 1 electrical fire, 2 wild land fires, 1 vehicle fire, 1 rubbish fire, 8 car accidents, 1 CO call, 23 alarm activation calls, 1 extrication call, 20 utility calls, 6 service calls, 4 cancelled en-route calls, 1 standby call, and 1 odor call.  Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxicd detectors monthly, and change your batteries when you change your clocks.

Shovel Your Doorways and Walkways
As snow finally arrives, just a little reminder to 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 and ice.  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 an 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 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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REMINDER:
The Town Office only accepts payment in the form of cash, check o money order.  There is a new ATM machine located at the Town Office for your convenience.

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HOUSEHOLD TRASH & LANDFILL INFORMATION    
Curbside pickup is scheduled on Friday. The rubbish service requests that you have your household trash put out by 7 AM to ensure pick up. Please do your best to make sure you have animal-proof containers to avoid having critters whether wild or domestic strewing trash around the neighborhood. The rubbish service workers are not responsible for cleaning up any scattered trash.

The landfill closed for the winter on October 28th. It will reopen in May 2018. Universal Waste (TV’s, computers & components, florescent & energy saving bulbs & like electrical items) may be disposed of at the town office during regular business hours during the winter months.

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MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS AND NOMINATION PAPERS
Nomination papers will be available beginning February 27, 2018 for anyone interested in running for any of the following elected positions:

Board of Selectman - 1 position for a three year term
School Committee - 1 position for a one year term and 2 positions for a three year term

You must obtain signatures from at least 25 but no more than 100 registered voters of Greenbush to be eligible to be placed on the June 12, 2018 Municipal ballot.  All nomination papers must be returned no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 9, 2018.

Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Town Hall.

The Greenbush Municipal Town Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall.

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SNOW PLOWERS OR 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 snow shoveling roofs, etc.

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 SNOW BLOWING 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 plow truck drivers can't get back to plow the snow again after the snow has been removed from the roadway.
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                         Town Office will be closed for upcoming holidays:
 

Monday, February 19, 2018 - President's Day
Monday, April 16, 2018 - Patriot's Day

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2018 DOG LICENSES:
All dogs must be licensed before February 1, 2018.  State law requires a $25.00 late fee for any dog registered after that date.  Bring in the dogs rabies certificate as well as the spay/neuter certificate for licensing.

HELP FIX ME - Maine's Low Income spay/neuter Program:
1-800-367-1317 or 207-287-7621
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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