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The Public Safety Department would like to remind you to check your and your neighbors heating exhaust vents. With high snowfall totals or back-to-back storms, vents can easily become blocked and allow the backflow of carbon monoxide or other harmful gases back into the home that can cause illness or even death. Regularly check the batteries in detectors every month and call 911 immediately if you suspect that you or someone else may be exhibiting symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning such as nausea, headaches, lethargy not associated with a cold or illness.

Please call 207-655-1187 if you have any questions. 

Notice of Public Hearing:

When:  Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Windham High School Auditorium, 406 Gray Road, Windham

Who Should Attend:  ALL Windham & Raymond Residents

Why:  This meeting covers the Current RSU14 Cost Sharing Formula and the Proposed Cost Sharing Formula.  We will discuss February 11 with a vote scheduled for March 18, 2015.

Registered voters will be able to vote at the 3/18 meeting.  If you are not a registered voter and wish to vote on 3/18, please contact your town clerk.

How do I learn more about the Current and Proposed Method?

Notice of Hearing and current/proposed rates  Click Here

View a Brief Video by Assistant Superintendent Donn Davis regarding the upcoming meeting Click Here

 

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Operator/Laborer I: Full-time position available in the Public Works Department. Successful applicants will have a valid CDL (Class A or B) with a clean driving record and background check, and experience in the operation of snowplow trucks and heavy equipment. Graduation from High School or equivalent required with preference given to applicants with additional related vocational training.

 

The Town of Raymond offers competitive pay and benefits including medical and dental insurance and a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Applications and a job description are available at the Raymond Town Office, 401 Webbs Mills Road, Raymond, Maine 04071, 207-655-4742 x 133 or below:

Completed applications and resume (optional) should be sent to:

Danielle Loring, Executive Assistant
Town of Raymond
401 Webbs Mills Road
Raymond, Maine 04071

Application deadline is Friday, February 13, 2015 at 3:00 p.m

Town of Raymond is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Dog licensing can now be done in the office or online!

https://www10.informe.org/dog_license/

If you have a dog over the age of 6 months, it must be licensed. A Rabies Certificate must be produced and if neutered, a Neutering Certificate (if the Town Office doesn’t have it on file). All Rabies vaccinations for adult dogs now cover three years of protection with proof of previous vaccination.

The fee for an altered dog (spayed or neutered) is $6.00 and non-altered is $11.00.

All dogs must be licensed by January 31, of each year. 

Dogs licensed after January 31 will incur an additional $25.00 late fee.

Please understand that by having your dog licensed, anyone finding your stray pet will be able to trace it to you, thereby reducing the possibility that it will go to a shelter. Licensing funds contribute to stray animal care in the town and state, and supports the State Veterinarian Laboratory in Augusta as well as Maine State Humane Agents which investigate animal abuse cases.

Please note that the last day to register at the Town Office is Friday, January 30th, 8:00am to 4:00pm. Please contact Town Clerk Sue Look for more information at 207-655-4742 x 121.

Please be take note of the following changes to the Holiday Trash Pick Up Schedule:

  • New Years - Thursday, January 1st
  • Collection will be on the following Thursday, January 8th

There will now be no interruption in trash service for the New Year. Please put both recycling and trash out for pick per the usual Thursday pick up schedule.

We apologize for any confusion. 

For questions or concerns, please contact Nathan White at 207-653-3641. 

All nonemergency municipal offices will be closed on the below schedule regarding observance of the following holidays:

New Years:

  • Closing at Noon on Wednesday, December 31st
  • Closed on Thursday, January 1st

 

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Please take advantage of the online renewal services

Thank you,

 

Raymond Management and Staff

PLEASE SEE RSU WITHDRAWAL COMMITTEE PAGE FOR 
UPDATED INFORMATION

 

  • On September 2, 2014, the Board of Selectmen voted to include a referendum question on the November 4, 2014 ballot in response to a petition started this past January with 352 valid signatures (9/3/2014) in accordance with Title 20 MRSA §1466.
  • On November 4, 2014, the referundum question regarding whether to withdraw from the RSU passed (SEE RESULTS). The Board of Selectmen will reviewing the materials required for Step 5 (see below). 

The question would need to read:

Do you favor filing a petition for withdrawal with the board of directors of regional school unit RSU14 and with the Commissioner of Education, authorizing the withdrawal committee to expend $25,000 and authorizing the Raymond Board of Selectmen to issue notes in the name of the Town of Raymond or otherwise pledge the credit of the Town of Raymond in an amount not to exceed $25,000 for this purpose?”

Yes No

A Public Hearing was held on October 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm.  To view the answers to the citizen questions Click Here.

Click to view INFORMATIONAL BROCHURE

For more information, please contact Town Manager Don Willard at 207-655-4742 x 131 or 207-650-9001.

News Articles:

October 12, 2014 Public Hearing:

For an outline of the process click HERE for a PDF (Updated 11/24/14)

Thank you to all who submitted responses to the 2014 Community Survey. Tentatively, results will be presented at the January Board of Selectmen's meeting. 

 

 

 

The Town of Raymond is also seeking a volunteer group of 9-15 concerned Raymond citizens to work on the RSU Withdrawal Study Subcommittee. This group will be the driving force in the investigation process and supporting the Withdrawal Committee as it proceeds forward with the RSU Withdrawal Process. Any and all are encouraged to to participate and background in accounting, school administration, and budgets are a plus.

 

Application can be found HERE or picked up at the Town Office during normal business hours.

 

Please return completed forms to:

Sue Look, Town Clerk

Town of Raymond

401 Webbs Mills Road

Raymond, Maine 04071

The bus service operates five days a week serving the Rte. 302 corridor from Naples to Portland.  The list of bus stops, a map and schedule are below.  Bus service will be provided in two shifts,  from 6:00 a.m. to 11:45 and 3:00 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.  RTP will be using a 22 passenger diesel-hybrid bus for the route.  The bus provides wheel chair accessibility and has a bike rack.  See RTP website for additional current information, including updated schedules, fares, and stops.

                
          

(Click to browse brochure for fares and route information)

(PDF Version Available HERE)

 

(Information as of 09-23-14)

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The Town of Raymond is seeking one member to serve on the Planning Board, which meets the second Wednesday of the month as needed.

As well as an alternate to serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals, which meets on the last Monday of the month as needed.

Please contact Sue Look, Town Clerk, at 655-4742 x 121 for more information or to apply.

 

 

Citizens seeking to burn brush, wood debris or agricultural fields now have the option to obtain their open burning permits electronically. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Forestry announced that it has expanded the online burn permit system statewide. Traditional hand-written burn permits are still available, but the online system allows permits to be acquired 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing that the fire danger is not high.
 

Annual Sweetheart Brunch Sunday February 8th  It’s that time again!  Join us for a delicious brunch at the Raymond Village Community Church, 27 Main St., sponsored by the Christian Education Committee.  There will be pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausages, baked goods, fruit and more! Join us after church (11: A.M.) for fellowship and food with your favorite valentine.  Your donations for this brunch will benefit our Christian youth camp scholarship fund.  Scholarship funds are not held over from one year to the next, so come and help support our Christian campers for the summer of 2015. Need more information? Call Brenda Olsen 655-4670

Due to the pending blizzard, the Town Office will be closed Tueday, January 27th. Please utilize the list of online services, if possible. The Town Office is scheduled to reopen Wednesday, January 28th at 8:30am. 

Please check back for updates. 

Due to the pending blizzard conditions, there will be no Tuesday trash pick up. Please hold all trash until the following week. 

Thank you for your understanding. 

With this week's winter storm quickly approaching, the Town of Raymond would like to remind you of some safety tips and preparedness actions:

  • Restock and have on hand basic essentials such as drinking water, basic nonperishable food supplies as well as flashlights/batteries on hand;
  • Keep generators away from and exhaust pointed away from buildings stay away from downed lines (see this month's Fire Safety Tip for more information);
  • If you come across a downed powerline, remember that you cannot see electricity  and it should be treated as live at all times;
  • In the event of a power outage, never leave candles or lanterns  unattended and make sure to have a fire extinguisher close by;
  • As always, conduct regular tests of the batteries in your smoke/carbon monoxide detectors.

The Town of Raymond will do its best to keep roads clear and safe for travel, but we ask for your help by only going out during the storm in the most necessary cases. If you must go out, be sure to pack winter clothing, blankets, water/snacks, a shovel and a cell phone charger (if applicable). Also, a reminder that winter sand is not available during the storm event (see here for more information).

Please check website, Facebook and local news stations of closure and status updates.

Call 911 in the event of an emergency.

 

Thank you for your consideration.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2015

RAYMOND BROADCAST STUDIO

423 Webbs Mills Rd

Modular Beside Jordan Small Middle School

7:00 pm


 

Agenda will include but not limited to:

  • Election of local party chairman and other officers.
  • Review of 2014’s events
  • Plan for 2015’s endeavors.

Town of Raymond Planning Board

Notice of Public Hearing

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 6:30 pm

(Note Change in Time)

Raymond Broadcast Studio

423 Webbs Mills Road

The Town of Raymond Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 in accordance with Article 7 of the Land Use Ordinance, and 30-A MRSA §4352 for the purpose of receiving public input on proposed amendments for the following ordinances:

(Four Warrants Total)

- Land Use Ordinance

Street Ordinance

Shoreland Zoning Provisions

2015 Scholarships are now available! Please visit HERE for application and criteria or contact Town Clerk Sue Look for more information at 207-655-4742 x 121. 

 

There will be a rabies clinic sponsored by the Town of Raymond and Jordan Bay Animal Hospital:

WHEN: Saturday, January 10th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
WHERE: Dog Gone Grooming & Emily's Place
at 1311 Roosevelt Trail, Raymond.
Cost is $10 each animal (CASH ONLY).
Vaccination will be good for 1 year unless proof is provided of previous vaccination, in which case it will be valid for three years. 

Dogs must be leashed and cats must be in a crate.

Raymond staff will be on site to license dogs. Please bring a copy of existing rabies certificate and neutering certificate (if applicable). Please contact Town Clerk Sue Look for more information (207-655-4742 x 121)

 

Pan Atlantic will be presenting the final report to the Board of Selectmen at their January 6th meeting. You can also view the report HERE.

You are hereby notified that the Town of Raymond will hold an Informational Presentation and Public Hearing at the Raymond Broadcast Studio on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. This will be a presentation regarding a proposed project to install sidewalks along Main Street, paid in portion by an MDOT Transportation Enhancement Grant.

 

For more information, please contact Project Manager Danielle Loring at 207-655-4742 x 133. Copies of the grant application are also available at the Town Office during normal business hour or HERE.

 

 

At a Glance

  • Wednesday, December 31 –the library will close at 1:00pm
  • Monday, January 5 – Story times resume at 10:30am
  • Sunday, January 11 – Game Day, 1-3pm at the library
  • Wednesday, January 28 – Financial Information Workshop, 6pm at the library
  • Thursday, January 29 – Book Group, 7pm at the library

Game Day

The first Game Day of 2015 will be Sunday, January 11. It goes from 1 to 3pm and is a special time for students 8 years or older. There is no registration, just come and bring your friends. There will be all kinds of games available, pizza and prizes!! For more information call the library at 655-4283 and plan to come join the party for a fun afternoon.

Financial Information Workshop

It’s smart. It’s free. It could change your life!! Join Judy Simoneau and Crystal Rogers from Prevarica on Wednesday, January 28th at 6pm for a financial workshop to learn about the various kinds of saving accounts, ways to reduce debt, retirement savings strategies how life insurance works and most importantly the high cost of waiting to save. Space is limited. Call 655-4283 or email sally.holt@raymondvillagelibrary.org to reserve you spot. Light refreshments will be served.

Book Group

This reading group will meet on Thursday, January 29 at 7pm at the library to discuss Maine Author Monica Woods’s Ernie’s Ark. This is a book of connected stories set in the fictional paper mill town of Abbott Falls, Maine. When the paper mill goes out on strike, Ernie Whitten, a pipefitter taking care of his dying wife, builds an ark in his backyard, an act of faith and defiance the reverberates throughout the community in unexpected ways. The characters that populate Ernie’s Ark fulfill one of the author’s recurring themes: the inevitable and often misdirected human desire for connection. We invite all interested readers to join us and share their take on this unusual novel. For more information call the library at 655-4283.

Annual Tree Lighting

Each year the Raymond Village Library, in collaboration with the Raymond Lions Club sponsors the tree lighting on the library lawn. Everyone is invited, bring friends and relatives, join in the carol singing, enjoy the refreshments and the youngsters are invited to a special story time at 4:30 at the library. There will also be a special guest for the little ones. All this on Sunday, November 30 at 5:00pm.

Basket Sale

All types and sizes of decorated baskets with fun, interesting and unusual gifts inside, are on sale now through the holidays at the Raymond Village Library. Be sure to check them out when you come into the library, you can’t miss them. They can be that perfect present for teachers, hostesses or a special friend.

Annual Bake and Gift Basket Sale

On Sunday, December 14 from 10am to 4pm the library will have tables filled with decorative cookies, delicious pastries, yummy pies, breads, candies and all kinds of scrumptious sweets presented in festive wrappings. These goodies will help cut down on your holiday baking and make thoughtful gifts.

There will also be the unique and reasonably-priced Holiday Gift Baskets for sale at this time.

Those who are donating items to the bake sale are asked to bring them to the library on Saturday, December 13 between 4:00 and 6:00pm. This enables those working on the sale to get them arranged and priced for the next day.

Story Time December Hours

There will be no story times the weeks of December 25 and January 1. The children’s programs will resume on January 5 at 10:30. For more information, call the library at 655-4283.

 

Also, the Library would like to invite you to watch Scroobius Pip's poem "Library" commissioned by Chris Hawkins HERE

 

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Informational brochure HERE

 

Call for Photos

We’re seeking photos of local scenery and activities for this year's Town Report and also to create a slideshow for the town website. If you'd like attribution in the Report, please be sure to include your name; the locale or activity would be helpful, too. For the website slideshow, we'd prefer to run the photos without text, so please specify that both uses are either OK or not. The formats should be jpg, jpeg, png, tif, or gif. Send them as e-mail attachments to john.hanley@raymondmaine.org, or e-mail John to discuss other delivery methods. Thank you!

This Week at a Glance...

January 21, 2015
RSU#14 Board of Directors' Meeting
6:30pm @ Windham Town Council Chambers

See Calendar for more event listings.

All meetings held at Raymond Studio are broadcast live and replayed on TWC channels 2 (government) or 3 (school) and available on under video archives for instant viewing as well as LIVE Streaming

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