Rescheduled: Water District Trustee Meeting
Thursday May 13, 2021 - 6:00pm Click Here to join Zoom
2 Open Seats on FWD Trustees
Nomination Papers are now available for candidates wanting to run for Water District Trustee. 2 open seats for 3 year terms. Documents for candidates wishing to appear on the June ballot can be obtained at Spice & Grain, 17 Portland Street, Fryeburg. Alternatively, you may request digital copies to print at home by emailing the Fryeburg Water District.
Nomination papers and 25 or more valid signatures of District (Fryeburg village) voters must be returned to Spice & Grain or the Trustees by May 21. Elections for trustees will be held on Tuesday June 8 at the Hastings Recreation Center at the Field of Dreams.
Do local laws protect our water?
The Fryeburg Land Use Ordinance (rev 2009) states that any development atop a "prime aquifer" must first complete a study of adverse affects on the aquifer before approval. The LUO is based on Fryeburg's Comprehensive Plan (rev 2104) Ch 3: Natural Resources. The Comp Plan is not law but provides guidance for law makers when writing ordinances.
Maine's Drought Task Force Proactively Convenes
Drought conditions in 2020 and continuing this spring have led to a meeting of the State Drought Task Force. Moderate to severe drought conditions have been noted in surface water and ground water measurements.
Locally, the Fryeburg Planning Board has also taken the opportunity to review data and requirements for protection of water resources, especially those of Ward's Brook Aquifer which has been the source of town water since the 1800s. To learn more about actions being taken please join the Water District Zoom meeting on May 10th at the link above.
Why move to public ownership?
FWD trustees believe that transparency of business practices, citizen voice and security of quality and quantity are best insured when residents and rate payers can choose who will make the decisions about expenses and income from our local aquifer. Read here about the process of remunicipalization moving toward public ownership of the town water system.