The official web site of The Town of Cushing Maine
Upcoming Meetings and Events
June 12, 2023
6:00PM Cushing Community Center
Agenda, when available, here.
May 25, 2023
11;00AM Vinal Point Lane
Agenda, when available, here.
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Free Fishing Weekend is June 3-4, 2023
Reel in lifelong memories!
On these days, any person (except those whose license has been suspended or revoked) may fish without a license. All other laws and regulations apply on these days. Start making your fishing plans now!
More information here
WARRANT TO CALL
REGIONAL SCHOOL UNIT NO. 13 BUDGET MEETING
(20-A M.R.S. § 1485)
In the name of the State of Maine, you are hereby required to notify the voters of each of the municipalities within the Regional School Unit, namely, the City of Rockland and the Towns of Cushing, Owls Head, South Thomaston, and Thomaston, that a Regional School Unit Budget
Meeting will be held at Oceanside High School, 400 Broadway, Rockland, Maine at 6:00 P.M. on May 25, 2023 for the purpose of determining the Budget Meeting Articles set forth below.
Budget Meeting Articles here
TOWN OF CUSHING
Meeting Notice and Agenda
The Planning Board will meet at Vinal Point Lane on May 25, 2023 at 11;00AM
1) Call Meeting to Order (11:00 AM)
2) Determine a Quorum (Role Call of Board Members)
3) Schedule Public Hearing for Compliance Review of Water’s Edge Subdivision Preliminary Plan, and Shoreland Zone Applications
4) Discuss existing features, setbacks and location of proposed development for Water’s Edge Subdivision Application
5) Public Comment as recognized by the Chairman
ABSENTEE BALLOTS AVAILABLE
Absentee Ballots are available at the Cushing Town Office for the June 13, 2023, Municipal Referendum Election. The RSU #13 Absentee Ballots will be available after the May 25th Regional School Unit budget meeting.
To receive an absentee ballot a registered voter can come to the town office to vote, call 354-2375 to have a ballot sent by mail (only the voter may do this), or come in and fill out a request form to pick up a ballot. Immediate family members may come in and fill out an application to take a ballot to a family member.
Please note: Due to State Statute Title 21-A section 753-B Wednesday, June 7, 2023, will be the last day to request an absentee ballot or vote by absentee unless a voter meets the criteria for a Special Circumstance Application. Only the voter can fill out the Special Circumstance Application. If you have any questions, please call the Town Office at 354-2375.
Are you interested in recycling, are you interested in the environment, are you passionate about waste management? If you are, we have a job for you! We are looking for full-time Transfer Station personnel. We will be expanding our recycling program, and working towards our own composting program. We need someone who has a passion for how we handle waste into the future, bring your ideas and of course your work boots! We offer a competitive salary and benefits. If you are interested in pursuing a career in waste management, please visit the following page: here and submit an application. The work week is Tuesday through Saturday.
Application for pier, ramp and float
Pleasant Point Harbor
Message from the Cushing Selectboard
Dear Cushing Residents,
The town has an opportunity to get a state grant of up to $50,000 (no local match required) for community resilience efforts such as reducing energy costs with heat pumps and tighter windows among several options.
In order to participate we need to form an ad hoc committee to recommend uses for the grant and file a grant proposal. This should not be very time consuming. If you are interested in participating please call or email the town office in the next two weeks.
Maine Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) Program
Are you struggling to keep up with your mortgage payments or other housing costs due to COVID-19 related financial hardships? The Maine Homeowner Assistance Fund may be able to help.
Town of Cushing
Accepting Bids for Snow Removal Contract
The 2022 Cushing Town Reports
at the Town Office
and the Library
and download (.pdf) here
A Message to Cushing Landowners
Dear Cushing Landowners,
As spring building season approaches I want to remind everyone that any building over 100 sq ft requires an intent to build notice before work can begin. Plumbing and Land Use applications are also required as needed.
All of these forms can be found on the town website at https://www.cushing.maine.gov/ordinances/. If you have any questions about these permits or other code enforcement questions feel free to email me at email@example.com. Or call 354-2375.
Matthew D. Deane
Code Enforcement Officer
2023 DOG LICENSES NOW DUE AVAILABLE
This is a reminder that dog licenses are now due. The rabies vaccination must be current at the time of licensing. The license renewal fee is $6.00 for spay/neutered; $11.00 for able to produce.
Please renew on or before January 31st to avoid a $25.00 late fee.
Licenses can be purchased at the town office or online at: www.doglicensing.com
PROPERTY TAX STABILIZATION FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
BOARD OF ASSESSORS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What are the qualifications?
- You must be at least 65 years of age as of the next April 1, and
- You must be a permanent resident of the State of Maine, and
- You must have owned a homestead in Maine for at least 10 years, and
- You must be eligible for the Homestead Exemption on the home you are applying for stabilization.
- How does the program work?
Eligible applicants who apply by December 1, 2022 and are approved will see their FY2024 (billed October 2023 & May 2024 ) tax bills frozen in the amount of their FY2023 tax bills (billed October 2022 & May 2023).
- Do I need to reapply every year?
- What happens to the uncollected portion of the tax bill?
The State of Maine will reimburse the Town for the portion of the approved applicant’s tax bill that is not “frozen”.
- How does this affect my assessment?
It will not affect your assessment.
- Does the Town need to raise taxes to pay for this program?
There is no amount in the municipal appropriation that pays for this program, either in part or in full.
- What are the relevant Maine statutes that govern this program?
Newly signed into law: LD 290, Title 36, §6281
Title 36, Chapter 105, §681-689
- I have more questions, where can I get more information?
The State of Maine website has guidance for applicants within the application and a separate document:
Property Tax Stabilization Program I Maine Revenue Services
You may contact the State of Maine at 207-624-5600
You may contact the Town’s Assessor’s Agent here at the town office (Call 207-354-2375 for an appointment) or visit their website at www.maineassessment.com/forms
August 15, 2022
Application can be found here
Fiber Internet for Cushing
Dear Cushing resident,
We are reaching out to you, to request that you use the below link to provide internet speed test data that can be used by Cushing in a grant application to the state for grant money to bring fiber internet to our town.
As you may recall, our residents voted last June to join the Midcoast Internet Development Corporation, a community-owned broadband utility district, to bring high speed fiber internet to Cushing and other areas. A key part of our work has been to apply for state grant money to help build out this network. The state has decided that it will give grant money first to locations in the state that are considered “unserved” for internet service. The state defines “unserved” locations as those with internet speeds that are slower than 50 mbps download and 10 mbps upload. This is not based on what the internet company (e.g. Spectrum) says its speeds are, but is based on actual speed test data. If either of these measures is not met, the location would be considered unserved and eligible for state grant money. Importantly, Spectrum often has difficulty meeting the 10 mbps upload speed at many locations. Those locations would, therefore, be classified as unserved and eligible for grant money.
The state’s current map for Cushing lists Cushing as having 75 unserved locations and 807 underserved locations (speeds between 50-99 mbps download and 10-99 upload). We believe that the state mapping is inaccurate, and that Cushing has many more unserved locations than currently indicated. By clicking on the below link, you can automatically run a speed test and replace the data that the state currently has for your location with real, more accurate data. Correcting this with actual speed test data would allow Cushing to obtain more state grant money to install fiber internet.
midcoast.vetro.io (enter your address in the box in the upper left)
Thank you for helping Cushing work towards building out fiber internet in our town.
Sincerely, Cushing Selectboard
The municipality of Cushing administers a General Assistance program for the support of the poor. Pursuant to Title 22 MRSA §4305, the municipal officers have adopted an ordinance establishing that program. A copy of this ordinance is available for public inspection at the town office. Also available for inspection is a copy of the State’s General Assistance Statutes, as copies of the State law are made available to the municipality, by the State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
Persons who wish to apply for General Assistance may do so at the Cushing Community Center Monday- 8:30am-4:30pm, Wednesday- 8:30am-4:30pm, and Friday-7:30-2:30pm.
In case of an emergency, applicants may contact: Cheryl Stackpole at 691-3496.
A written decision must be issued within 24 hours from the time of application.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ toll-free telephone number, to call with a question regarding the General Assistance Program, is 1-800-442-6003.
This notice is posted pursuant to Title 22 MRSA §4304-4305
Town of Cushing
Broadband Planning Report
A copy of the report can be found here
Food Pantry Volunteers
The Food Pantry is always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in helping, please contact Karen Goodwill at 354-0669.
Town Office, Library and Community Center
39 Cross Road
Cushing, Maine 04563
Town Office Hours:
Monday 8:30 to 4:30
Wednesday 8:30 to 4:30
Friday 7:30 to 2:30
Substance Abuse and Recovery
Hotlines / Crisis Numbers
Local Assistance, Information and Services for Maine