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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)

Click cover to explore all that Raymond has to offer!

 

(PDF Version available HERE)

 

 

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.
 



Kidde, manufacturer of disposable home fire extinguishers, has issued a recall on 31 models of extinguishers.   The recall includes models with manufacture dates of July 23, 2013 through October 15, 2015.  The defective models have been sold at Walmart, Mardens, Home Depot and other department and hardware stores.  The defective issue is with the black plastic valve on the top of the extinguisher.  The faulty valve assembly can cause the extinguisher not to discharge properly when used.  See the official recall notice from Kidde for more information including model numbers and photos of the extinguisher types included in the recall.
If you have purchased an extinguisher that is listed in the recall, please contact Kidde toll-free at (855) 283-7991 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.kidde.com and click on Safety Notice for more information.
If you have any questions contact the Fire Prevention Office at 655-1187.

Respectfully,
Lt. David Mains
Raymond Fire Inspector 

At a Glance

  • Thursday, March 5 – “Let’s Talk About It Series”, 1:30 to 3:00pm, at the Casco Public Library
  • Friday, March 6 – Dr. Seuss Night, 6:30pm at the Raymond Elementary School
  • Sunday, March 8 – Game Day from 1:00 to 3:00pm at the Raymond Village Library
  • Wednesday, March 11 – Frank O. Smith, Maine Author at 6:30pm at the Raymond Village Library
  • Thursday, March 19 – Second in “Let’s Talk About It Series”, 1:30 to 3:00pm, at the Casco Public Library
  • Wednesday, March 25 – Jim Baumer, Maine Author at 6:30pm at the Raymond Village Library
  • Thursday, March 26 – Book Group, at 7:00pm at the Raymond Village Library

Let’s Talk About It Series

Looking for a good mystery, discussion and the company of fellow mystery lovers? The place to be is the Casco Public Library on Thursday afternoons on the dates below from 1:30 to 3:00pm.

Casco Public Library and Raymond Village Library have partnered to present Refreshing the Whodunit: Moving Beyond Christie and Doyle. This program is a “Let’s Talk About It Series”, sponsored by Maine Humanities Council, with discussions led by Jean Pottle.

According to Maine Humanities, “This Let’s Talk About It Series” provides new and experienced mystery and detective fans with an opportunity for in depth conversation about how this genre has incorporated the contemporary world’s globalism; dilemmas of race, gender, ethnicity and class; religious conflict; historical revision; and others.”

Titles to be discussed are available from Casco Public Library or Raymond Village Library. For more information call the Raymond Village Library at 655-4283 or the Casco Public Library at 617-4541.

March 5th: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King

March 19th A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow

April 2nd The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison

April 16th Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman

Dr. Seuss Night

Each year in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, the Raymond Village Library hosts a party at the Raymond Elementary School gym. It includes games, puzzles, crafts, storytelling, prizes and exciting fun for everyone. There is no age limit, the evening is planned as a family event including special toddler activities. It all begins at 6:30, so plan a family night out and mark your calendars to join in the fun.

Game Day

The next game day will be Sunday, March 8, from 1 to 3pm. All students age 8 and older are invited to join the fun. Lots of games and a pizza snack. For more information call the library at 655-4283.

Maine Author Series

On Wednesday, March 11, the Raymond Village Library will begin the Maine Author Series, consisting of four different programs. Frank O. Smith, the first speaker, will be reading from his new novel, Dream Singer, which was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize, created by best-selling novelist Barbara Kingsolver, “in support of a literature of social change”. Smith, who teaches writing at the Maine College of Art, will also share the five critical elements of successful storycraft. The program will begin at 6:30pm. There is no charge but because of limited space, we ask those planning to attend to register by calling the library at 655-4283 or email sally.holt@raymondvillagelibrary.org to reserve your place.

Jim Baumer, author, and second speaker in our Maine Author Series will be at the Raymond Village Library on Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30pm. Mr. Baumer has written about baseball, Moxie, and now with his new book of essays, The Perfect Number: Essays and Stories Vol 1, Baumer utilizes his experiences and conveys aspects of Maine’s unique way of life. He will be reflecting on Maine’s changing economy and the death of small towns and discussing John Gould one of Maine’s most notable writers. Please pre-register by calling the library at 655-4283 or email sally.holt@raymondvillagelibrary.org to reserve your place.

Book Group

The chosen book for March is Two Old Women, by Velma Wallis. This story is based on an Athabascan Indian legend passed from mother to daughter through traditional storytelling. It is the suspenseful and inspirational tale of two old women abandoned by their tribe during a brutal winter famine. The story shares a timeless message which speaks straight to the heart. This group will meet on Thursday, March 26 at 7:00pm at the library. We welcome any and all interested readers. For more information call the library at 655-4283.

The 2014 Annual Reports are available in hardcopy in the Town Office and also HERE.

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE
Wednesday, FEBRUARY 18th, 7:00pm
Raymond Village Community Church - UCC (RVCC)
27 Main Street (Rte. 121 just north of Rte. 302)
Raymond Village

Everyone is invited to a unique Ash Wednesday service patterned after services at the 900 year-old Abbey Church of the Iona Community in Scotland. The service will consist of readings and songs done in procession around the Church sanctuary. Ashes will be distributed and Communion will be served. The Senior Choir will be singing. There will be no sermon or collection.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE, contact the Church Office at 655-7749.

RVCC: Small Church, Big Heart!
Raymond Village Community Church is a United Church of Christ congregation.  It is a diverse faith community embracing tolerance, committed to missions and outreach, and welcoming all people no matter where they are on their faith journey.  For more information about RVCC, contact Rev. Nancy Foran, Pastor, at 655-7749 or revnancy@rvccme.org

 

The town is interested in finding the oldest resident of Raymond in order to award the Boston Post Cane certificate.

If you are a candidate or know someone who might be, please fill out and submit a Nomination Form to the Raymond Town Office by 7pm on April 7, 2015. Nomination Forms are available at www.raymondmaine.org or at the Town Office. Questions please contact Sue Look, Town Clerk, at 655-4742 ext. 121 or sue.look@raymondmaine.org. Proof of birth will be requested.

 

At a Glance

  • Wednesday, February 4 – Flower Arranging Class at 6:00pm
  • Sunday, February 8 – Game Day from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 11 – Board Meeting at 6:00pm
  • Thursday, February 12 – Beginners Knitting Class
  • Monday, February 16 – President’s Day, library is closed
  • Sunday, February 22 – Knit or Crochet a scarf to donate for Breast Cancer
  • Thursday, February 26 – Book Group at 7:00pm
  • Friday, March 6 – Dr. Seuss Night 6:30pm at the Raymond Elementary School
  • Mondays – Baby/Toddler Times at 10:30am
  • Wednesdays – Preschool Story Times at 10:30am

Flower Arranging Class

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Jessica Fay, owner of the Raymond Village Florist, will be teaching a flower arranging course at the Raymond Village Library on Wednesday, February 4 beginning at 6:00pm.

This is a hands on class where Jessica will demonstrate how to arrange a bouquet of carnations in a vase, hopefully in preparation for flowers received at Valentines. The cost for the class – which includes all the materials, and the vase in which each participant will be able to bring home their beautiful arrangement – is $15.00. We do ask that each person provide their own scissors, or pruners to use for the class and a box in to transport their flowers. There will be a sign-up sheet available at the library for those who wish to register. Payment for the class will be due at time of registration. Sign up early, since the class is limited to 15 and Sunday, February 1 is the deadline to register, as the flowers need to be ordered in advance,

Game Day

The very popular Game Days will continue through the winter. The next one will be on Sunday, February 8 beginning at 1:00pm until 3:00pm. This is for students 8 years or older. There will be all kinds of games available and pizza for snacks. So bring your friends for a fun afternoon. For more information call the library at 655-4283.

Beginners Knitting Class

A beginners knitting class will be offered at the library beginning Thursday evening, February 12 from 5 to 7pm.This is an 8 week course and the cost of the class is $50. Please call the library at 655-4283 for additional information.

Knit or Crochet a Scarf to Donate for Breast Cancer

On Sunday, February 22 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm you are invited to join us at the Raymond Village Library to knit or crochet a scarf to donate for Breast Cancer. Come and enjoy the company of others in this worthy group effort. If you wish you may bring a favorite pattern to share. We have pink yarn and some knitting needles and crochet hooks or you may bring your own. You may bring your project home in order to finish it. If you need more information, call the library at 655-4283.

President’s Day

Please note that the Raymond Village Library will be closed Monday, February 16 in observance of President’s Day.

Book Group

The book chosen for February is Wallace Stegner’s novel, Crossing to Safety. Considered Stegner’s best novel, it is about a close friendship between two couples spanning forty years, for richer and for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do them part. The novel deals with the passage of time and inevitable loss, but also what one holds onto – memories and love.

All interested readers are invited to join us for a lively discussion at the library on Thursday, February 26 at 7:00pm. The book will be available at the library upon request. For more information call the library at 655-4283.

Maine Author Series

On Wednesday, March 11, the Raymond Village Library will begin The Maine Author Series, consisting of four different programs with Maine authors speaking. Our first speaker is Frank O. Smith, who will be reading from his new book, Dream Singer. Smith who teaches writing at the Maine College of Art, will also share the five critical elements of successful storycraft.

The next author is Jim Baumer, whose book, Perfect Number: Essays and Stories Vol. 1, utilizes his experiences and conveys aspects of Maine’s unique way of life. This will take place at the library on Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30pm.

The third writer is Russell Warnberg, who resides in Windham. He will speak about his book, The Chalk Line Killer. Russell will also explain how he got the ideas for this book, the second in a series. This will take place at the library on April 8 at 6:30pm.

Award-winning mystery and true crime writer Kate Flora is the author of 14 books including Finding Amy. She will be speaking at the library on Wednesday, May 13 at 6:30pm, on the intriguing backstory of mystery and true crime writers.

Weather or Not

In case you were wondering, this is winter. The weather has been difficult to predict, so we ask you to call the library at 655-4283 if you are not sure if we are open. Also if the schools are closed or delayed due to weather, the children’s morning programs on Monday and Wednesday will be cancelled, but the library may still be open. For your information the regular library hours are: Sundays, 10am to 4pm; Mondays and Wednesdays, 10am to 6pm and Thursdays, 2pm to 7pm.

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. 

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.

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

ED 279 Report for 2014

 

(click image larger for view)

 

 

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.

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

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)

 

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.

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.

 

 

This Week at a Glance...

February 23, 2015
Budget-Finance Committee/Board of Selectmen Meeting
Budget Review #1
6:30pm @ Broadcast Studio

February 24, 2015
Conservation Commission
7:00pm @ Broadcast Studio

February 25, 2015
RSU#14 Board of Directors' Special Meeting
6:30pm @ Windham Town Council Chambers

March 2, 2015
Budget-Finance Committee/Board of Selectmen Meeting
Budget Review #2
6:30pm @ Broadcast Studio

March 3, 2015
RSU Withdrawal Committee Meeting
Budget Subcommittee Presentation
6:00pm @ Raymond Broadcast Studio

March 5, 2015
RSU#14 Cost Sharing Public Hearing
6:30pm @ Raymond Elementary School Gym
 

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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