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.TAX ACQUIRED PROPERTIES FOR SALE

The Town of Greenbush has recently foreclosed on real estate accounts that have not paid the 2016 tax liens. The Town will be following a procedure where the previous owner(s) of the real estate will be contacted in writing to give them one more opportunity to purchase the property back. This buy back option will be open for a period of time that will require the homeowner to pay all back taxes in full. In most cases that will mean paying three year’s worth of taxes. The Town Manager has visited, in person, most of these taxpayers so you should all be aware if you are in jeopardy of losing your property. When you get your letter and you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Town Office.

If the property owner does not pay the taxes in full within that time period, then the Town will be forced to sell those properties. That tax property sale will occur with the Town advertising these properties in the newspaper and on our website with a sealed bid process. If you are interested in bidding on any of these properties, please call the Town Office and give Gilberte Mayo your name, address and telephone number so that you can be placed on the list to get the information.

The Town has to follow through with selling tax acquired properties so that all taxpayers are paying their fair share and the Town can keep the tax rate steady for all taxpayers.

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GREENBUSH - MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS
Although the deadline for nomination papers has passed, you can still run as a write-in candidate.
The following seats are coming up for elections in June:
Board of Selectmen – 1 seat for a 3-year term.
School Committee – 1 seat for 1-year term 2 seats for 3-year terms.

The following residents have taken out nomination papers. Charles Adams is running for re-election to the Board of Selectmen. Audrey Wood and Michael Williams are both running for a 3-year term on the Greenbush School Board. No one is running for the 1-year term on the Greenbush School Board. So that means that anyone can start a write in campaign to get elected to this short one-year term on the School Board.


Elections will be held in the Town Hall June 12, 2018 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Town Meeting will be held June 7, 2018 7:00 PM in the Town Hall.

Town Reports should be available later this month. You can find them at the Town Office, Applebee’s Superette and at Town Meeting.

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The Greenbush Landfill will be open Saturdays only - beginning May 5, 2018 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Stickers are available for $2 each (replacement stickers $5 each) at the Town Office as well as at the landfill. Please separate white goods/appliances and metals; burnable material such brush and non-treated lumber; demolition and construction debris; rugs, mattresses & furniture; and universal waste. E-waste may also be brought to the landfill. Stop to check with the attendant when you arrive for instructions on where to deposit your discarded items. Items (such as air conditioners and refrigerators) have a fee of $15 each before disposal as they contain freon gas.

Household trash MUST be put out for curbside pickup on Fridays. Please have your trash out by 7:00 AM to be sure you don’t miss the contractor trash truck. Thank You!

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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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Greenbush Fire Department

Seconds count especially when it comes to saving lives, homes, property and forests. Using highly visible reflective address signs or even reflective numbers on mailboxes really makes a difference in response times during emergency situations. The green address signs can be ordered at the town office at a reasonable cost. Visibility is key when rushing to answer a call. Please make sure your residence is clearly marked and visible from the road to assist emergency personnel.

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OLD HOME WEEKEND – SEPTEMBER 14, 15 & 16, 2018

Volunteers are needed to help make this year’s Old Home Weekend a success. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Old Home Weekend Board or just want to help out during the Old Home Weekend – we need your help! Come into the Town Office and give us your name, address and telephone number and help make this community event the best it can be!

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CEMETERIES

All burials and stone settings must be coordinated through the Town Office. The sexton will determine which lots are available for sale and where to place the head stones for your loved ones. If you are placing flowers and other ornaments, please remove any old flowers and dispose of them with your household trash – do not throw your old flowers over the fence. If you have questions or concerns please contact the Town office for assistance.

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Town Office will be closed for upcoming holidays:

Monday, May 28, 2018 (Memorial Day)                Friday, June 29, 2018 (Closing the books for the Town)
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 (Independence Day)
Monday, September 3, 2018 (Labor Day)

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CLEAN UP YOUR PROPERTY

Maine State law requires that you keep your property free from debris and trash. There is a limit on the number of unregistered vehicles that you can keep on your property as well. Please keep your property clear of trash and debris. Come to the Town Office, get your landfill sticker and take your unwanted material to the landfill on Saturdays until the end of October.

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CONCEALED WEAPONS (FIRE ARM) PERMITS
The Board of Selectman voted to stop accepting concealed weapons permit applications here at the Town Office. The main reason for this change is that it is a huge liability for the Town to continue to approve/deny the concealed weapons permits. The process requires requesting personal medical records for each applicant from mental health facilities and this information is confidential and should not be part of the Town’s records. Residents may pick up blank applications here at the Town Office. Those completed applications must be mailed directly to the Maine State Police. Thank you for your patience as we transition into this new system

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