Town News

Laurie Pike

Due to a temporary commitment on Thursday Evenings until the end of March, I am changing my upcoming office hours with permission from the Cooper Select Board.  Upcoming office hours in the Town of Cooper will be held on Tuesday Evening on 2/21, 3/7, and 3/21/17 from 4:30-6:30 pm.  This is a temporary change and in the month of April my office hours will return to the first and third Thursday of the month from 4:30-6:30 pm.  I apologize for causing any inconvenience for anyone.  I will also be available by appointment for those who are unable to come to the town office during the new temporary hours.  Please call me at 207-214-7335 to make alternative arrangements.  

    The next select board meetings for March will be held on Saturday, March 4th and Saturday, March 18th, 2017 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am at the Cooper Town Office.  The time of the select board meetings has changed for the winter months and will return to prior earlier time when winter weather has passed.  The next planning board meeting will be held on Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 am at the Cooper Town Office.

If you have a balance on your 2016 taxes please contact me at 207-214-7335 for exact amounts as interest is being applied per day until taxes are paid in full.  If you have a tractor, your tractor excise was due with your property tax bills.  Tractor excise will be $50.00 for tractors that are 1-5 years old; $25.00 for tractors that are 5-10 years old; and $15.00 for tractors that are over 10 years old.  You can pay tractor excise during office hours or by mail by sending to Laurie Pike, Tax Collector, 152 N. Union Road, Cooper, Maine, 04657.


Here is another segment about safety during the winter months while avoiding injury or life threatening situations while we enjoy favorite winter recreation activities.  Two prior segments covered: (1) staying off unsafe ice to avoid falling through and then outlined what to do in the event of accidental fall through the ice; and (2) frostbite, avoiding frostbite, and what to do if you suspect you have frostbite.  The third winter informational segment will be hypothermia.  Hypothermia is a medical condition that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat.  This causes a dangerously low body temperature.  Normal body temperature is considered to be around 98.6 degrees.  Hypothermia occurs when body temperature falls below 95 degrees.  The signs and symptoms of hypothermia include initial hunger and nausea; clumsiness or lack of coordination; slurred speech or mumbling; confusion and poor decision-making; drowsiness and lethargy; shivering initially that stops as hypothermia worsens; loss of consciousness; coma; and finally death when the affected person will lie down, fall sleep, and die.  To treat hypothermia, move the person inside to somewhere warm as soon as possible.  Once the person is in a warm environment, remove wet clothing, dry and then cover with warm blankets, towels, or whatever is available while protecting the head and torso first and then the rest of the body.  Remember to have fun with cold weather recreation in our winter wonderland, but play safe and protect yourself from the dangerous elements that are part of life in Maine.