Norway Select Board Agenda February 7, 2019

7:00pm at the Municipal Office

 Call to Order

  • Flag Salute
  • Moment of Silence
  • Minutes – Minutes from Jan. 17, 2019
  • Public Hearing – Norway County Club Request for Liquor Licenses for the Dining Room and the Beer Cart.
    • Open Public Hearing – Discussion – Close Public Hearing
    • Motion to Approve Liquor License for Dining Room.
    • Motion to Approve Liquor License for Beer Cart.
  • Citizen Items:
  • Select Board Items:
  • Acceptance of Grants, Donations, Reimbursement and or Sale of Materials:
    • $1,250.00 from the sale of firearms – staff recommends using the funds for the purchase of replacement firearms.
  • Request Beano/Bingo License – Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills to be held at the Norway Legion on March 31, 2019 at 12:30pm
    • Motion to Approve
  • Municipal Complex Renovation & Long-Term Storage Plan
    • Richard McSherry
  • Police Contract Union Negotiations
    • Motion to select and appoint Town of Norway Representatives
      1. Town Manager
      2. Select Board Member –
    • Town Manager Report: Attached
    • Sewer Abatement: NA
    • Permission to attend: NA
    • Old Business:
    • Signatures:
    • Warrants:
      • Motion to approve the warrant.
    • Upcoming Meetings:
    • Adjourn

Public Notice – Winter Plowing

A Winter Season reminder to our residents regarding snowplowing:
‘A person may not place and allow to remain on a public way snow or slush that has not accumulated there naturally.’
So when your driveway or parking area is being plowed and there is no choice but to plow the snow across the road or along the road edge, the snow must be plowed beyond the existing snowbank edge. The snow left by the plow can not extend the banking out beyond where it currently exists.
We appreciate your cooperation on this public safety issue

Please Register Your Dog(s) Before January 31, 2019

To avoid a $25.00 per dog late fee, please register your dog(s) before January 31, 2019. If you don’t have your dog any longer please call us and we can remove them from our system.  You can license your dog vial mail, in person or online.  To complete licensing, you must have the current rabies certificate and certificate of neuter/spay if applicable. To license by mail, please mail check, and current paperwork to the Clerk.  Thank you!

Norway Parking Ban

The Town of Norway has a Winter Parking Ban from November 15 through April 15.  It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle on Main Street from the intersection of Pleasant Street and Main Street to the intersection of Paris Street and Main Street for a period
longer than two hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 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. FMI contact Norway PD at 743-5303.

Norway Maine Mailbox Policy

For convenience and practicality, mailbox installations have been allowed within the right-of-way of public roads. However it is important that everyone know such installations have two very important conditions:

The mailbox must be installed in accordance with applicable standards to ensure that mail can be delivered and that the mailbox does not create an obstacle or safety hazard to those that use or maintain the road.
The mailbox is installed at the owner’s risk. In other words, if the mailbox is damaged by snow plowing or other road maintenance, the property owner is not entitled to replacement or compensation. In fact, if the mailbox is not installed in accordance with applicable standards as stated above, the owner may even be held liable for injuries or damages that may happen as a result.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) Mailbox Guidelines. The USPS defines the standards for mailbox construction, as well as the placement tolerance that must be met to accommodate postal operations. Specifics may be obtained from your local post office or online at:

American Disabilities Act (ADA). The most current version of the ADA Standards for Accessible Design set forth the minimum requirements to ensure facilities are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.…/2010ADAStandards/2010ADAstandards.htm…

The Town of Norway has developed a policy to promote compliance with these national standards and to help further clarify the expectations and responsibilities of Maine mailbox owners. Such compliance helps us ensure that we continue to provide safe, efficient and accessible highways for all.

The following pages further specify the details associated with mailbox height, location, offset, and post type to minimize the potential hazards and conflicts associated with mailbox installations and to reduce the opportunities for damage to mailboxes.

Mailbox Installation Standards

General Location: Whenever possible, your mailbox should be located after your driveway opening. This location placement improves visibility, minimizes the amount of snow that comes off of the snow plow, and improves the approach for your mail carrier.

Mailbox Support Design: In many cases, it is best to use an extended arm type of post with a free-swinging suspended mailbox. This allows snowplows to sweep near or under boxes without damage to supports and provides easy access to the boxes by carrier and customers. In addition, strategic placement of red reflectors on the point closest to the road will help your local snow-fighter see and avoid your mailbox during winter storms.

Offset: Mailboxes should be set back from the edge of the shoulder – regardless of whether the shoulder is gravel or paved. In other words, the face of the mailbox should be at least one foot (1’) back from the edge of the normally plowed surface of the highway or the face of curb. Greater offset distances are encouraged whenever possible to allow the mail carrier to get further out of traffic and to further minimize potential damage to your mailbox. Mailboxes in sidewalk areas should leave at least 36” behind the back of the box or the post, whichever is located the furthest from the road.

Height: According to USPS standards, a mailbox must be installed with the bottom of the mailbox located between 41” and 45” high above the surface of the highway shoulder. We recommend that this height be closer to the 45” measurement to minimize conflict with the height of the plow truck wing when snow is being pushed back during, or between, winter storms.

Post Size, Type and Embedment: Mailbox posts must be sturdy enough to hold up the mailbox in all types of weather conditions, however they cannot be so rugged that they present a hazard to vehicles that inadvertently leave the road. If a mailbox support is struck by a vehicle, it must easily break away. Therefore, the following types of posts are deemed acceptable:

4” x 4” wooden posts embedded 2 feet into the ground.
Larger wooden posts (4” x 6” or 6” x 6”) may be used only if the post is drilled through with an appropriate spade bit to create a shear plane. The following diagram indicates the necessary holes and spacing.
1” to 2” round diameter steel or aluminum pipe or standard U-channel post embedded 2 feet into the ground.
Unacceptable mailbox supports include: anything that is filled with concrete, masonry and stone structures, heavy steel structures, and most objects that were intended for other uses (e.g. antique plows, I -beams, and various other household tools and objects).


OCSWD Newsletter

The November Newsletter from Oxford County Soil and Water District is full of information for you! In addition to the usual updates we’ve taken a few moments to recognize the sponsors of our Annual Report. Have a safe and fun Halloween, a thoughtful, reflective Veteran’s Day, and a heart-rich, meaningful Thanksgiving!  Click here to read: November Newsletter