Town News & Notices

Emergency Numbers

   

Oxford County Sheriff       207-743-9554        

Oxford County Emergency Management     207-743-6336

Nationwide Runaway Hotline        1-800-786-2929

National Child Abuse Hotline         1-800-422-4453

National Domestic Violence Hotline           1-800-799-7233  

Center for Missing and Exploited Children          1-800-843-5678

National Poison Control Center               1-800-222-1222

National Substance Abuse Helpline          1-800-662-4357

*** NOTICE***

 Effective February 13, 2019 the Selectmen's meetings will be held on every other Wednesday from 3pm to 4:30pm 

Town Office Closed

The Town Office will be closed all day on May 28, 2019 .

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

**** NOTICE ****

  

EcoMaine is having a problem with contaminated loads of recycling materials. They cannot accept the following materials: single use shopping bags, trash bags with either recycling or trash in them, food waste, textiles, clothing, pillows, metal or plastic hangers, hoses, plastic containers larger than 5 gallons and Styrofoam forms still in their cardboard boxes.

Downgraded loads (loads which contain 5-9.99% contaminants by volume) incur a contamination fee of $40 per ton and rejected loads (loads which contain 10% or more of contaminants by volume) incur a contamination fee of $70.50 per ton.

Our last load was 20% contaminated, weighed 6.20 tons, and cost Tri-Town $437.10, when in fact, it should not have cost us anything.

Please help us keep our cost down by being aware of the items that are acceptable in the recycling containers. If this problem continues we will be forced to raise the amount requested for the station at your next town meeting. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Important Notices

ITS TIME TO REGISTER YOUR FURRY FRIENDS!!!!!


2019 DOG LICENSES ARE AVAILABLE 

All dogs over 6 months of age are required by law to be licensed.

Please bring the current Maine Rabies & Neuter/Spay certificate if applicable.

A late fee of $25.00 will be charged 

starting February 1, 2019

    IT IS ILLEGAL FOR DOGS

LICENSED OR UNLICENSED TO RUN AT LARGE.

 Please check the calendar regularly for upcoming events, meetings, public hearings, special town meetings, etc.   

Hunting & Fishing

 ***HUNTING & FISHING LICENSES ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR 2019** 



Snow Removal

 Parking  any vehicle within a plowed right-of-way during snow removal is  prohibited by State law.  Such vehicles will be towed at the owner’s  expense. 

Street Lights

 If you  notice a street light is out, please notify the Town office with the  pole number and location so we can contact CMP to get it repaired 

Volunteers

 We have open positions on the  Appeals Board.  If you are interested, please stop in the Town Office for more details.​ 

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Fuel Assistance Through Community Concepts

 

The Low Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) serves Oxford & Androscoggin counties.

If  you are in need of fuel assistance you should contact Community  Concepts at 1-800-866-5588.  A representative from Community Concepts  will be available at the Porter Town Hall every Wednesday from 9am to  3pm during the months of September and October to assist you.  You must call to schedule an appointment.

For more information click the link below.

Fuel Assistance

Become a Foster Grandparent or Senior Companion!

Become a Foster Grandparent or Senior Companion! (docx)

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NEW!! Mail Box Ordinance

Boston Post Cane

 The latest  recipient of the Boston Post Cane is M. Ellen Miliken.    She 

was born 97 years ago in Parsonsfield, ME.  She moved to Porter in 1981 and has lived here ever since.  She worked most of her life doing various jobs such as babysitting, working in the apple orchards, rock picking for Manuel Stacey, and anything else that needed to be done.  She and her husband raised four children, Ruth, Faye, Marie, and Richard. She has eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren and one great great grandchild with two more on the way. She still lives by herself in her home in Porter. Amazing.

Important Information for Supporters of Sacopee TV

  

As you may know by now, TV 2 (now Sacopee TV), our local access channel, has been moved from channel two (2) to channel 1301 on Spectrum’s channel line-up. Spectrum claims this is due to going to an all-digital format. This allows Charter to lease our channels to the highest commercial bidder. Moving Sacopee TV to channel 1301 only makes it more difficult for local viewers, especially the elderly, to find it, thereby, not being able to view school athletic events, School Board meeting, Award ceremonies, Town Meetings, etc. 

The Community Television Association of Maine (CTAM) has introduced legislation (An Act to Ensure Non-Discriminatory Treatment of Public, Educational and Governmental Channels by the Cable Operator). This Legislation is being sponsored by State Senator David Woodsome, and will provide additional benefits and protections for the town. If you happen to be in contact with your State Legislators please ask them to support this legislation in order to have some measure of control over the cable operators.


Another issue facing local access stations (Sacopee TV) is a proposed ruling by the FCC to allow cable operators to subtract in-kind services, such as providing service to municipal buildings, providing channel capacity for local access television, etc. from the franchise fee that the town receives. If this ruling passes it will severely limit, if not eliminate, the amount of franchise fees the towns receive. These franchise fees are what allow Sacopee TV to operate. There are no school funds expended for this program, except for the partial salary of one teacher and a stipend for the Sacopee TV coordinator. This is a program which has had many students go to college for, and work in the television industry. Senator King and Representative Pingree have both written letters to FCC Chairman Pai in opposition of their recent ruling. If you have any contact with or wish to write to your legislators in Washington, please ask them to write to FCC chairman Pai in opposition. We, the selectmen, have written to Chairman Pai and I have written to my legislators in Washington, but the more we can let them know how we feel the better.

We need everyone’s support on these two issues.


Porter Selectmen,

Ron Silvia

Rob Heard

Brent Day

Proposed Changes to the Land Use Ordinance

 Below is the public draft copy of proposed land use ordinance  amendments for the February 20, 2019 public hearing.  Also included are  the ''Public Hearing Agenda'' and a ''Summary of Ordinance Revisions''.