2014 Season Update  

Hi folks,

I am sure everyone is getting anxious to get to the Island so here is the latest information that I have on the ice situation and a couple of other ongoing projects:

As of Monday (04/07/14) I was told that there was still about 13 inches of ice in the “GUT” . The ice has started to pull away from the shore, which is a good sign, but there is still a lot of ice left that has to melt before we will be able to get the ferries to the Island safely. The weather is getting warmer so that should help. However, I still can’t tell you when we will be able to get to there. Remember, once we are able to get there it still takes a couple of weeks to get everything ready. Once we can get the ferries to the Island and assess the conditions we will be able to determine an opening date. The best I can do for now is to try to keep you posted.

We have received conditional approval for the loan of $150,000 from the Maine Municipal Bond Bank for the construction of a new municipal building. There are a number of documents that need to be executed which our bond counsel will prepare.

We have received the executed “Finding of Fact” on the Raymond Planning Board’s decision to deny our application to construct a Ring Road with parking on the mainland. Frye Island has 30 days from the denial to appeal this decision. The 30 days expires on April 18th. The application was denied based on the RPB’s belief that the plan as presented did not correct the safety hazard at the intersection of the Cape Road and the ferry access road. In fact, a number of the RPB members thought it created more of a hazard in spite of the traffic engineers report. The RPB also questioned whether we had the right number of parking spaces available. The design called for about 45 spaces if I remember correctly. We based this figure on the number of vehicles that often park on the side of the access road and along the Cape Road. If the 30 day window for an appeal expires, we would have to start the process from the beginning meaning most of the money we have already spent would be lost. If the Town decides to file an appeal it would essentially stop the 30 day clock from ticking until the project can be reassessed.

We have decided to enroll in a program called NIXLE ALERT. This program will allow us to post messages that subscribers will be able to receive via text or email. The service is free but those that want to participate will need to subscribe to the program. Unfortunately, we probably will not have this service in place when the Island opens but we should get it going shortly after we open. Once we have set it up I will let you know how to subscribe.

The Town Manager search Committee has narrowed the applicant pool from the 22 original applicants to 2 and have made a recommendation to the Executive Committee. The process that was established was for the Search Committee to review all of the applications, interview the selected candidates and then make a recommendation to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will then negotiate a contract with the candidate and make an appointment assuming the members agree with the recommendation. The intent is to have a new manager selected when we open the Island or shortly thereafter to aid in the transition if possible. I would like to thank all of the members of the search committee for the time and effort that they put into this process.

Wayne M. Fournier, Town Manager

Notice  - The Town of Frye Island is currently seeking to fill the position of Recreation Director for the 2014 summer season. If you are interested please notify Town Manager Wayne Fournier at fimanager@fairpoint.net.

New Town Manager Email - The new Town Manager email address is fimanager@fairpoint.net

Seeking New Town Manager - The town of Frye Island is seeking a new town manager.

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.

Walk / run race  ― The information on the Frye Island Walk/Run Race  to be held at 9am July 4, 2013 is now online. This race includes a 1 mile, a 5 mile and a Marathon element. The Frye Island Walk/Run is the longest continuously running road race on Frye Island.

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.

2013 ferry schedule  ― The 2013 Frye Island Ferry Schedule is now available online. The planned Island opening is April 26, 2013, but you will need to check back later in April to see if late ice out causes a delay in the opening.

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: 06/25/2013