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Laurie Pike

piketaxcollector@gmail.com

 

The Cooper town office is open for regular office hours on the first and third Thursday of the month.  I will be at the office on Thursday, December 7th and Thursday, December 21st from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  I will be in the office for January office hours on Thursday, January 4th and January 18th, 2018.  The Select Board have changed the hours of their meetings due to daylight savings time for the winter months.  The meetings are still held the first and third Saturday of each month but are now scheduled for 9:00 a.m.  The next Select Board meetings are December 2nd and December 16th at 9:00 a.m.  The Planning Board meets the first Saturday of the month following the Select Board Meeting at 10:00 a.m and their next meeting is scheduled for December 2nd at 10:00 a.m.  

Real Estate Tax payments are due on December 1, 2017 so please get your 2017 taxes in to avoid interest costs.  If you have a balance on a prior tax year, any funds received must be applied to the oldest tax year owed.  I want to remind residents who own tractors, that tractor excise for the 2017 tax year is also due December 1, 2017.  Tractor excise is $50 for tractors that are 1-5 years old; $25 for tractors that are 5-10 years old; and $15 for tractors that are over 10 years old.  You can mail the excise for your tractor in with your real estate tax payment or separately, pay during regular office hours or by sending to Laurie Pike, Tax Collector at 152 N. Union Road, Cooper, Maine, 04694.

For residents with a dog, it is time to register your dog and get your new dog tags for 2018.  Please come by the office during the office hours listed above to complete your dog registrations.  The deadline to register your dogs to avoid the State mandated $25 late fee is January 31, 2018.  Dog licenses are effective from 1/1/2018 to 12/31/2018.  The cost to registered an “altered” dog that has been fixed or neutered is $6 and the cost to register an “unaltered” dog is $11.  According to the State of Maine, Division of Animal and Plant Health, all dog licensing fees collected support local animal control and state humane agents; investigation of animal cruelty complaints and enforcement of animal welfare laws; compliance with rabies vaccination of dogs; care of sick and injured stray animals and the return of lost dogs to their owners.  

Karen Holmes had a visit from members of the Maine Old Cemeteries Association where she has applied for a grant to participate in a workshop to learn to clean, repair and refurbish headstones.  After visiting several town cemetery locations, we may not have an abundance of the type of stone for refurbishing but we do have a lot of stones that need cleaning.  We may get support from this group to learn how to properly clean the stones rather than a refurbishing workshop.  As soon as Karen receives a response regarding possible support from the Maine Old Cemeteries Association, I will provide an update.  Manual labor this summer is needed to work on the public and private cemeteries in Cooper. I will update in the spring about plans to start this important work.  

The Cooper Community Center Friends group is planning a Christmas Party at the Cooper Community Center on Sunday, December 10th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The event is open to everyone who wants to come and celebrate the spirit of our community during this joyful holiday season.  Wonderful holiday refreshments will be provided and the very talented John Viselli will provide holiday music on various instruments for our enjoyment.