Town Manager’s Report as reported by Matthew Sturgis at the November 14, 2022, Town Council meeting
To begin this manager’s report I would like to start by thanking our nation’s veterans for their service to America. Observing Veteran’s Day in the same week that our nation voted reinforces the freedoms that our nation’s veterans protect, and their service above self is inspirational.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Assistant Manager and Town Clerk Debra Lane and her elections staff on last week’s election. The Town saw the equivalent volume of a Presidential election voter participation, and I am grateful for the work of staff, volunteers, high school cafeteria staff, custodial staff, public works team and all others who helped making the day a success operationally.
Next week is Thanksgiving, and the Town operations will be closed Thursday and Friday. Other operations will be open, and our holiday hours are available on the Town’s website.
The seventh annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by the Town of Scarborough will be an in person event on Thanksgiving Day between 11:00 am and 1pm at the Wentworth School in Scarborough. They do request an RSVP, and an online link to RSVP is on the Town’s website.
The Police Department will be holding their annual food drive this Sunday, November 20 from 10 am to 2 pm at the IGA parking lot. Canned food, non-perishable items, as well as cash donations are accepted. All donations will benefit Judy’s Pantry located at the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church.
The Tax Assessor’s office is currently receiving the Senior Property Tax Relief applications and the Senior Tax Freeze program applications. However, the deadlines to apply are fast approaching. The deadline for the Senior Tax Relief program is tomorrow, November 15, and the Senor Tax Stabilization (Freeze) program is December 1. To date, the Assessor has received close to 1,100 applications for the Freeze program, and the Relief program is tracking consistently with the past two years numbers. The Assessor will report on the relief program to the Council in January.
Finally, I want to thank our dedicated Community Services Department, Police Department, Public Works and Fire and Rescue for having a very successful trunk or treat and Halloween movie event the Friday before Halloween. A full event that began during the first year of the pandemic and is now a nice tradition.