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Free Rabies Clinic

Brooks Fire Station

October 22, 2016

9:00 – 11:00 am

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Town Meeting 2016

Monroe held its town meeting on June 6th, 2016. The most significant business conducted was passing an Intent to Build article which requires town residents to notify the town if they intend to make permanent changes to their property in excess of $2000. There is no fee associated with the notification, but property owners found to have made significant changes without notifying the town may be issued a fine.

The Selectmen also asked attendees to give them feedback about an idea that wasn’t able to make it onto the warrant for Town Meeting but that they thought would benefit from some discussion: should the town spend surplus funds to purchase an LED Electronic signboard to replace the manual signboard in front of the Town House?

The major discussion at Town Meeting dealt with an effort to take advantage of the recent low cost of asphalt (tied to historically low oil prices) and low interest rates by borrowing to accomplish about four years worth of road repair in one year. The expectation is that the savings in material costs would off-set at least the interest costs on the loans, and the town would “lock-in” their roads costs over the next few years.

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Northern Pond


Not far into the woods off Dahlia Farm Road in Monroe, Maine, Northern Pond lies surrounded by marshland and upland forest of mixed hemlock, balsam, pine, spruce, birch, oak, and maple. Fed and drained by Thurlow Brook, the pond and surrounding area stretch unbroken for more than half a mile.


The pond has been a place for fishing, both summer and winter, for many years. Generations of children, first brought to the pond on family picnics, have spent their free hours there, fishing, finding frogs and beaver dams, watching birds, and creating their games.


**There will be a sign posted that the rain water is very high and trail deviation may be necessary.  A new map will be made with deviation to Dahlia farm Rd. and left at the town office. President of Conservation Commission – Paul Jacobi**


In 2005, after years of preparation, the citizens of Monroe voted to put Northern Pond and about 160 acres of the town-owned woodland and marsh surrounding it into a conservation easement as Northern Pond Natural Area (NPNA).


Under the direction of the Monroe Conservation Commission, many people continue to work on creating and maintaining hiking trails, bog walks, and a canoe launch, and marking boundary lines. The easement is held by Landmark Heritage Trust, which counts a number of Monroe residents as members. Regardless of future changes in political power, NPNA will remain forever wild and available for public enjoyment.


DIRECTIONS: Maps to the trails are available in a box on the bulletin board in the lobby of the Monroe Town Hall. To reach the area, drive east on Route 139 from the junction of Routes 141 and 139 and take the first left onto the Monroe Road. One mile farther on, turn left onto Dahlia Farm Road and in 1.5 miles watch for a small sign on the left: Northern Pond. In late spring, summer and fall, you can drive to a small parking area from which the trails depart. Beyond the small parking area, this access, which continues on to the canoe launch, is very rocky and uneven. It’s wise to proceed on foot or in four-wheel drive vehicles with high clearance. This access road is not plowed in winter. Then people park along the side of Dahlia Farm Road.


Pausing while hiking or paddling at Northern Pond Natural Area, one feels far from human habitation. As in any wilderness area, we follow the rule of pack in, pack out. Leave no cans, bottles, paper, plastic, or foil behind.


Bring yourself, your snack and water. Take with you your trash, your memories and photos. One Monroe resident’s comment after her first visit: “It’s the jewel of Monroe.”


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Legislative Contacts

Senator Angus King Offices in Augusta, Presque Isle, Scarborough, and Washington, DC
Senator Susan M. Collins Offices in Augusta, Auburn, Bangor, Caribou, Lewiston, Portland, and Washington, DC
Representative Bruce Poliquin 2nd District
Representative Chellie Pingree 1st District
State Senator Mike Thibodeau District 11   Monroe
State Representative Mary Ann Kinney District 99   Monroe
Governor Paul LePage Maine Election Division
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Building Permits

Permits Required for New Construction

Plumbing Inspector -Randy Hall (234-4006)
Monroe Planning Board Chair -Seth Yentes (525-3323)

Residents of Monroe about to build a house or other building, install a trailer or add on to an existing building should be aware of the following State and Monroe ordinances and laws which might require permits of knowledge of prior to building.

  • Intent To Build Form (link for PDF Download) – You must notify the Town if you intend to make permanent changes to your property in excess of $2000 of value. The form is free to fill out and submit, but there is a fine if projects are begun without notifying the Town.
  • State of Maine Wastewater Disposal Code – All houses, trailers, camps, or other buildings which will generate human waste MUST have an approved waste disposal plan approved before construction begins. Even building with hand pumped or hand carried water are required to have an approved plan. Soil Tests and system design by licensed site evaluators. Permit application provided by the site evaluator is filed with plumbing inspector. Town office has names of site evaluators and a copy of the code. Fees vary. May take 4 to 5 weeks during the busy building season.
  • State of Maine Plumbing Code – Permit required for all new and altered plumbing systems Permits from Plumbing Inspector. Inspection required during construction. Fee varies. Several days notice may be required for inspections; Check with Plumbing Inspector.
  • Electrical Service Permit – Needed by Central Maine Power before they will hook up a new service entrance. Allows town to review request for illegal subdivisions. Applications available from the Town Office. No Fee. Seven days review time by the Planning Board.
  • Monroe Subdivision Ordinance – Any parcel of land that has had two or more lots divided off within the last 5 years may fall under the town subdivision ordinance. Copies of the ordinance are available at the Town Office. Fee varies with the number of lots. Applications procedure takes 60 – 90 days under the Planning Board.
  • Monroe Shoreland Zoning Ordinance – Any development including cutting within 250 feet of a major stream or pond will fall under this ordinance. Application and copies of the ordinance are available at the Town Office. Fee $5.00. Planning Board review, selectmen sign application. Reviews take 30 – 45 days.
  • National Electrical Code – The State of Maine requires that all electrical installations and work be done according to the standards of this code. Check with licensed electrician.
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8 Swan Lake Ave.
Monroe, ME 04951

Town Office Hours
Monday 8:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am to 2:00pm
Wednesday 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Friday at 8:00am to 5:00pm

Transfer Station
Saturday at 7:30am to 12:00pm
Monday at 4:30pm to 8:00pm

Selectman's Meeting
Wednesday at 7:00pm

Planning Board Meeting
3rd Monday at 7:00pm

Fire Department
2nd Tuesday
(Business Meeting) at 7:30pm
4th Tuesday
(Training Meeting) at 7:30pm

Conservation Commission
1st Monday at 6:00pm
If this is a Holiday then the meeting will be the following Monday

Monroe Community Library Hours
Monday 10:00am - 1:00pm
Wednesday 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Friday 10:00am - 1:00pm

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