Town of Norway Happenings

Winter 2020/2021:

Happy spring! Once again, in an effort to save the roads of Norway, the following streets will be posted for 23,000 lbs. REGISTERED VEHICLE WT.

This means no scales have to be involved – only registrations.

EXEMPTIONS:

– Emergency Vehicles
– Public Utilities
– Municipal Vehicles
– Home Heating Fuel (oil or propane) Delivery Trucks
– Bulk milk / bulk feed trucks with a MDOT exemption certificate
– Any vehicle or combination of vehicles registered for a gross weight in excess of 23,000 pounds and traveling WITHOUT A LOAD other than tools or equipment necessary for the proper operation of the vehicle. This exemption does not apply to special mobile equipment. A SCALE TICKET MUST ACCOMPANY VEHICLE SHOWING WEIGHT OF VEHICLE AND LOAD IF SAID TO BE 23,000 POUNDS OR UNDER.

Permits will be issued this year to travel on posted roads as conditions allow. Temperatures must be below freezing for three consecutive days for permits to be issued. Restrictions such as partial loads and time limits may apply to the permit. For emergency situations, permits will be issued as always. To apply for an emergency permit or regular permit, please contact Art Chappel at 207-890-2639 or call the Town office at 207-743-6651. 

The Town of Norway has had posters printed to support our posted road regulations. 

IMPLEMENTATION POLICY:

From Monday, March 1, 2021 until the Posters Are Removed.

Click here for List of Roads: Norway Roads Posted starting on March 1, 2021

Winter Parking Ban. It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle on any street or road within the Town of Norway from November 15 through April 15, between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. FINE:  $25.00 (twenty-five dollars) plus cost of towing, to be paid by vehicle owner.

Winter Sand for Norway Residents – Due to all of the construction activity at the public garage area and to protect the residents and construction workers, the winter sand pile has been relocated to Beal Street across from the Fire Station at the trail head of the Norway Branch Trail.

Mailboxes – Mailboxes are allowed within the Town’s right-of way, however it is important to recognize two conditions:

  1. The mailbox must be installed in accordance with standards to ensure that the mail can be delivered and that it does not create a safety hazard for those that use or maintain the roads.
  2. The mailbox is installed entirely at the owners risk. If the mailbox incurs damage during any sort of of road maintenance including snow removal the property owner is not entitled for replacement or compensation.

Covid-19 and Town Services update – The lobby is open for for walk in traffic – we asked that only two people be in the lobby at any one time, so that we can help you register your vehicles, boats, and conduct other Town services – Please call us at 743-6651. We will be asking you if you can complete the service on line, by mail, drop box etc. We are in the process of installing a buzz in system for the front door.

Planning Board Meeting for March 11, 2021 at 7pm at the Town Office and on ZOOM – Meeting is in the large conference room. Meeting room holds 10 -12 people with required mask wearing and the required social distancing.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/88600089488

Meeting ID: 886 0008 9488

Call in: 1 -646- 876 -9923

Selectboard Meeting – March 4, 2021 at 7pm. Meeting is in the large conference room. Meeting room holds 10 -12 people with required mask wearing and the required social distancing. Meeting also on ZOOM

Join Zoom Meeting: https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/83332838224

Meeting ID: 833 3283 8224

Call in Number: 1-646-876-9923

Emerald Ash Borer

Maine Quarantine on Emerald Ash Borer Announced
April 17, 2019
For more information contact: Gary Fish at 207-287-7545
Augusta, ME – The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has announced a formal quarantine on emerald ash borer (EAB) and material that may harbor it.
The quarantine area includes all of York County and the northeastern corner of Aroostook County. The quarantine boundaries were drawn to include a buffer on those towns where EAB had been detected. EAB was found in northern Aroostook County in May 2018 and in western York County in September 2018. An emergency order has been in place to limit movement of infested ash from areas where the pest has been found since those discoveries.
Quarantine rules prohibit movement of ash nursery stock from the quarantine area, and regulate the movement of hardwood firewood, hardwood chips and other ash products with bark, such as logs and pulp, and untreated ash lumber. Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry staff, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine are working with the public and impacted industries to ensure compliance with the quarantine.
“A quarantine can help slow the spread of this destructive insect into uninfested areas,” said State Entomologist Allison Kanoti. “That gives businesses, Native American craftspeople and artists that use ash as well as homeowners, landowners and municipalities who care for ash across the state additional time to consider their options and make plans for a future with EAB.”
That future will include far fewer ash trees. Maine forests have more than 400 million white, green, and brown ash trees at risk. Ash is also an important street tree in towns and cities. EAB is an invasive wood-boring beetle that attacks ash trees by disrupting the flow of water and nutrients causing the tree to die. Native ash trees have little resistance to attack, and often die within a few years of initial arrival of the beetle. EAB was first discovered in North America in 2002. Since its arrival, it has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees.
White ash shows some resistance to and tolerance of attack by EAB. A fraction of those trees may be able to survive in the presence of EAB. The US Department of Agriculture has been working on a program to provide ash with another form of defense-tiny wasps from Asia that attack the eggs or young of EAB and may eventually bring their populations to a tolerable level.
Despite these glimmers of hope, EAB will devastate ash in Maine. Cities and towns from New England through the Midwest report damage to infrastructure such as power lines and hazards to people related to the deterioration of ash trees attacked by this insect. Ash will be lost as a functional part of forest ecosystems, joining the ranks of American elm and American chestnut. Ash will no longer be available as a material for forest products including baseball bats, baskets, tool handles, flooring, cabinetry and others. The goal of the quarantine is to slow the spread of the insect to delay impacts to the ecosystem, native culture and economy.
Additional information on EAB, how to recognize and report its damage, and details of the Maine ash quarantine, can be found at http://www.maine.gov/eab.

Public Information Meeting on Bridge Deck Replacement

Public Information Meeting

Tuesday 2/25/2020 at 6pm

Norway Town Office

19 Danforth Street

Please join MaineDOT for a preliminary public meeting to discuss the deck replacement of Pleasant Street Bridge (#2677) over Pennesseewassee Stream. Located 0.06 of a mile southwest of Pleasant Street, Norway, Maine.

Representatives of the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) will be present on Thursday to gather input, listen to concerns, receive comments, and answer questions from anyone with an interest in the project.

MaineDOT is particularly interested in learning local views relative to project consistency with local comprehensive plans, discovering local resources, and identifying local concerns and issues. Anyone with an interest is invited to attend and participate in the meeting.

Accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Auxiliary aids will be provided upon advanced request.

Any inquiries regarding this project may be directed to the attention of Mark Parlin, Project Manager, Maine Department of Transportation, Bridge Program, 16 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0016. Telephone: (207) 624-3449 or by e-mail at Mark.Parlin@maine.gov.