Referendum Elenction 7/19   There will be a referendum election on Saturday July 19, 2014, 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., at the Community Center, to vote on a proposed charter ammendment. (sample ballot)

We just heard that Frederick “Fritz” Mueller passed away on Wednesday May 7th. Many of you will remember Fritz when he was on the Island. He was extremely instrumental in the preparation of the comprehensive plan. He also developed the Island Emergency Plan almost single handedly. It was a sad day when he and Christa left the Island and an even sadder day to hear this news. Our thoughts and prayers to Christa and family. Here is a link to his obituary.

Thanks, Wayne

Ferry Schedule Typo  

There are a few typos in the currently posted ferry schedule:

  • June 21 – the ferry runs from 7am – 11pm (not midnight)
  • June 22 – the ferry runs from 7am – 9pm (not 10pm)
  • June 30 – the ferry runs from 6am – 10pm (not 7pm)

2014 Season Update  

Meetings:

The Executive Committee has scheduled its next meeting for 8:00AM on Saturday May 17th. The meeting will probably be held in the Administration Office. I will let you know if anything changes. In addition, there will be a Public Hearing to discuss a proposal to amend the Town Charter to change the date of the annual Town Meeting. This Public Hearing has been scheduled for 2:00 PM on Saturday May 24th.

Ring Road Project:

As you probably know, the Raymond Planning Board denied Frye Island’s application to construct a Ring Road / parking area on the mainland. Statutes require that appeals be filed within 30 days of the formal decision by the RPB. The appeal had to be filed before April 19th to be valid. Frye Island has spent approximately $100,000 on engineering work and studies necessary for the application in addition to the $250,000 spent to purchase the property. It was the consensus of the Executive Committee to file the appeal and request a hold be put on the whole process until all possible options can be discussed with Frye Island residents. Had the appeal not been filed all of the engineering work and money spent would have gone for naught. This may be added to the agenda for the May 24th Public Hearing. I will let you know once we know more.

Let me try to clarify a few points concerning this project. I saw an email recently accusing the Town of Frye Island of suing the Town of Raymond and me being “deceptive” in explaining the status of this project. The Town of Frye Island appealed the decision made by the Raymond Planning Board in accordance with State statutes. That appeal, according to these same statutes, had to be filed with the Cumberland County Superior Court within 30 days of the decision made by the Raymond Planning Board. Once the appeal is filed, the normal time frame gives the appellant, Frye Island in this case, 40 days to file briefs with the Court. When we filed the appeal, we immediately requested, through Raymond’s attorney, that the Town of Raymond consider a stay of the process until Frye Island had an opportunity to review the project and an alternate plan with its residents. Effectively, we had asked Raymond to agree to stop the clock from ticking until we had a chance to discuss everything with the Frye Islanders. Unfortunately, because of the seasonality of Frye Island, we would not have been able to meet with the Islanders before the time to file an appeal had expired. That is why the Executive Committee decided to file the appeal. As it turns out, , I heard about an hour ago that the Town of Raymond has agreed to a 90 day stay. This will give us some time to discuss this whole project with the residents Frye Island. By statute the appeal can be withdrawn at any time. so if the consensus is to cancel the process it can be done at any time. I am sure there will be further discussion of this subject at the Executive Committee meeting on the 17th.

I will correct one thing that I did say in my previous email. We have spent $100,000+ on engineering and design work so far. I said that if we failed to file the appeal all we had spent would be for naught. Not exactly true…. If we were to resubmit an amended project application shortly after the time for the appeal expired, and if the Planning Board would accepted it, we might be able to reuse some of that engineering work without having to redo it. However, the longer we waited to resubmit the application the less the probability of that the engineering work being accepted. I’ve been told that the engineering work would become “stale” and would need to be redone. Exactly how much could be reused would depend on when and if an amended application were submitted.

Recreation Director:

I am pleased to announce that Allison Hodge has been appointed to the Recreation Director’s position replacing Bobbie Thomas who resigned from the position after last season. I want to thank all of the applicants that were interested in the position and a special thanks to the members of the Recreation Commission that served as the search committee for this position.

Island Manager:

The Search Committee has recommended a candidate to the Executive Committee, an offer has been made, and discussions between the candidate and the Select Board are in process. I anticipate (or hope) that a formal appointment will be made at the meeting on May 17th.

More sad news:

I heard that Kathy Campbell passed away this morning. Kathy and her husband Willie spent their summers at their cottage on Leisure Lane. Kathy worked in the Administration office a couple of years ago and Willie worked at the Golf Club and for the Public Works Dept. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Willie and the Campbell family.

2013 Annual Meeting ― Here are some documents regarding the 2013 annual meeting: Agenda, Warrant, 2014 Budget for Approval, Sign Ordinance, Solid Waste Ordinance Proposed Enterprise Budget

Frye island newsletter ― Check the online FINS listing for weekly news. The Winter Newsletter is now online.

Portland water district  ― There is a new edition of the Sebago Lake Watershed News published by PWD. A copy of the PWD publications are available online.

Park & RIDE Plans  ― The information on the website concerning the plans for a Park & Ride facility on Raymond Cape Road has been updated. This updated information can be found by clicking here.

2014 ferry schedule  ― The 2014 Frye Island Ferry Schedule is now available online.

online registrations  ― The State of Maine has an online registration system for automobiles, boats and sporting. Check out the Registration Information page for more details. This can be used anytime during the year and should save you time over visiting the Town office. You can find this information anytime by using the menu system in the top left corner of the webpage ... mouse over Find Information, then select Maine Registrations.

GENERAL INFORMATION ― Frye Island is located in Sebago Lake approximately 25 miles west of Portland, Maine. We became Maine's newest town in 1998, and the wonderful memories of that glorious July Fourth weekend will live on for years to come. There are two ferries that provide transportation to & from the Island on a scheduled basis. The Island is easy to find, just head towards Raymond, Maine on State Route 302. More detailed information is available to assist you in driving to Frye Island. There is a General Information Sheet available that describes a myriad of useful information for Islanders. There is a wonderful nine hole public golf course on the Island. A popular place on the Island for both people on the Island and boaters on Sebago Lake is Frye's Leap General Store & Cafe. There is a private marina with in-water boat docking for property owners on the Island; some slips are available for weekly rental for visitors and renters staying on the Island. There is a Virtual Island Tour that is available to anyone that would like to see what the Island is like.

contact information ― The following is the contact information for the Town of Frye Island:

1 Sunset Road
Frye Island, ME 04071
207-655-4551 Phone - Office
207-655-3422 FAX
 
207-655-4258 Phone - Ferry
207-655-3551 Phone - Golf Club

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Posted: 5/25/2014