Town News

Laurie Pike

The Select Board met on Saturday, March 5th.  At the recommendation of Maine Municipal Association, the fiscal year and the town meeting have been changed.  The fiscal year will begin July 1st and end June 30th each year and the official town meeting to be held annually in July. The town meeting that was originally scheduled for Monday, March 28th at 7:00 pm will now be held as a special meeting with only three articles including the election of a moderator, the question to elect the municipal officers to serve alternating three year terms, and the question to pay the municipal salaries for the next four months to the beginning of the next fiscal year to accommodate the change to the fiscal year.

The next regular select board meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 19th from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.

The Cooper Town Office will be open for regular business hours in March.  Town Clerk Sandy Lyon will be present the third Thursday, March 17th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  I will be available for regular Tax Collector hours on Thursday March 17th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.  However, I will be on vacation from Sunday, March 6th until Wednesday March 16th.  Janice Scanlon has agreed to cover for needed vehicle registrations during my vacation.  Her office hours are as follows:  Town of Pembroke Office on Monday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Wednesday 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Friday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and Saturday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm; Town of Perry Office on Tuesday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; and Town of Charlotte Office on Saturday 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  

The USDA Rural Development has announced a workshop in Machias to help more Washington County families become homeowners. At this workshop, a Rural Development Housing Program Specialist will be scheduling appointments with anyone interested in learning more about how they can become homeowners through USDA Rural Development’s Housing Programs.  Rural Development finances up to one of every five homes purchased in Maine each year.  The Agency’s Section 502 Direct Loan Program does not require a down payment for eligible applicants in rural areas.  Competitive low-interest loans are available for applicants meeting income guidelines.  The information session will be held on April 6, 2016 at 10:00 am at the USDA Service Center Conference Room, 8 M & M Place, Suite 5, Machias.  To register for the session, please contact Sean Thibeau at 764-4157, ext. 106 or


In the Cooper Veterans’ Corner, the featured veteran of the week is Tom Brown.  Tom was in the United States Army from 1986 to 2007. He was a Sergeant First Class, which is an E7 enlisted rank.  He was an engineer for the first fifteen years and then a recruiter for the last six years of service.  He participated in the following conflicts:  Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield, Somalia Conflict, Haiti Conflict, Bosnian Conflict, and Kosovo Conflict.  He also served civilian needs during Hurricane Andrew and on the San Diego Mexican Border by taking mountains down to assist Border Patrol in the fight against drug trafficking across the border into the United States.  He was stationed in Kaserne, Germany; Fort Drum, New York; Mannheim, Germany; and Fort Riley, Kansas.  His recruiter stations were in Augusta, Maine and Machias, Maine.  He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and the Glen E. Morrell Award for recruiting excellence.  If any of you should happen to see Tom Brown this week, please join me in thanking him for him service to our great Nation.