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The next Town Council Meeting
is going to be held on Dec. 19 at 6:00pm!

Maine State Outdoors LawsNEW:  The link below will direct you to the website where you can dowload your own digital copies.  


Laws of the Maine Outdoors
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Fort Fairfield Celebrations of Lights

Fort Fairfield Quality of Place Council Encourages Enlightenment in Community During Celebration of Lights!

(Fort Fairfield) – The Fort Fairfield Quality of Place Council is seeking to spark some excitement in the community for the Holidays with an electrifying new project – the Fort Fairfield Celebration of Lights!  This new, community-wide initiative is designed to bring more light to some of the darkest days of the year by encouraging businesses and homeowners to create a more festive atmosphere in town by decorating their storefronts and homes.

“We’ve been meeting with business and community leaders for months now to refine our plans to bring more buzz to Main Street,” explained Phil Christensen, President of the Quality of Place Council.  “We’ve been drawing up plans to illuminate some areas downtown and working with business owners to help incentivize them to join in the fun.  The response has been terrific, and despite some challenges with this early winter weather, we are excited to put the next phase of the plan into action.”

Over the past few weeks, the Fort Fairfield Quality of Place Council has allocated several thousand dollars to replace some of the decorations that were destroyed when the Community Bandstand collapsed and to invest in additional lights to be used on a variety of downtown businesses and landmarks.  Those lights will be on nightly for all to enjoy from December 2nd until January 2nd from 4 to 10pm.  Now, the Council is encouraging property owners to join in the fun.

Any address is Fort Fairfield is eligible to participate in the Celebration of Lights Home Decorating Competition.  A top-secret panel of judges will be traveling throughout the community from 5 to 10pm on Saturday December 15th to take in the sights (and hopefully some sounds!) of participating homes to select the top three holiday light displays.  Those homeowners will win valuable gift cards and prizes from a variety of local businesses.  To register, all homeowners have to do is email ffqualityplace@yahoo.com with their name, address and phone number by midnight December 14th.  Not computer savvy?  Feel free and contact Tim Goff at 939-2440 and provide that same info and you'll be entered to win.  

“This is a great chance for the young, and the young at heart, to enjoy a tradition that many members of the Council fondly recall – driving through neighborhoods and oohing and aahing at the dazzling lights glistening on a blanket of fresh fallen snow,” added Christensen.  “It is our hope that by encouraging our residents to create some beautiful displays, we can create new traditions for everyone to enjoy.”

For more information on the program, or to get involved, please contact Phil Christensen at 227-1644 or email ffqualityplace@yahoo.com

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The Town of Fort Fairfield while being cognizant of their obligation to provide care for stray animals and meet the requirements of the State of Maine, also has an obligation to the taxpayers of the community.  Striking a balance between these responsibilities has necessitated establishing a temporary shelter to house dogs and a protocol to reunite them with their owner or find them a new home. The protocol below outlines how citizens of Fort Fairfield should handle stray or nuisance dogs and cats.

 

Dog at Large/Stray Dog Protocol for Fort Fairfield

  1. Upon observing a stray or nuisance dog, citizens will need to call the police department and an officer will come to their home or place of business to retrieve the dog.                                                                                
  2. The officer will then attempt to identify the dog and it’s owner and if successful, the officer will reunite the dog and owner.                                                                                                  
  3. If the dog is not registered and a positive identification of the dog is not possible, then the dog will be placed in the municipal canine holding facility. The dog will be held there for 24 hours in a further attempt to identify the dog and it’s owner and return the animal to them. At this time notification will also be made to the media with breed information, location where the animal was found and how the owner may go about retrieving their animal. Also, this information with photography will be provided to webmaster for display on homepage of FortFairfield.org.                                                                                      
  4. If the dog or its owner is not identified then the dog will be treated as a stray and held for adoption. The media will again be notified that Fort Fairfield has a dog available for adoption and a brief description of how an interested party may achieve adoption of the pet.                                                                                           
  5. During the holding period, attempts will be made to find the dog a new home with another family. The adopting family, will be responsible for registering and paying for any required vaccinations before the dog is released to them by the animal control officer.                                                                                                   
  6. The Town has retained the services of Dr. Victoria Swanson from County Veterinary Clinic to provide basic health care needs for dogs that come under our care. Her practice is located in New Sweden and she is available to provide services in our area.         She can be reached at 521-4618.

 

Stray Cats

Though the law does not require an obligation on the community's part to accommodate for cats, we have made arrangements with an organization to take strays that our animal control officer picks up. In an effort to utilize our limited resources efficiently and effectively we ask citizens who have come in contact with stray or nuisance cats, to aid the animal control officer by:

     • Attempting to find the rightful owner of the cat.

     • Consider taking in/adopting the cat for yourself, or

        finding a home for the stray.

In the event neither of these options are achievable or practical, the Town of Fort Fairfield has established a fund for citizens to donate to, that will be used on a case by case basis, to defray cat placement costs. The animal control officer has made arrangements with a local organization to process and put up for adoption our community's stray cats.

If a Fort Fairfield citizen owns a cat they would like to put up for adoption they will need to make their own arrangements at their own expense.

This new policy was not arrived at in a frivolous manner. The cost to the Fort Fairfield taxpayer was such that it necessitated review. The Animal Control Officer welcomes the opportunity to work with volunteers within Fort Fairfield to establish a program that deals with stray animals in Fort Fairfield in a humane and loving manner.

To donate to the Stray Animal Fund, please contact the Town Office at 472-3800 or click on the Donate button on the side and process your donation through PayPal.com.

 

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