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Wayne Marshall and Joseph Slocum

This year, Mayor Sanders and members of the Belfast City Council, are pleased to dedicate the City of Belfast

Annual Report to two men who have given years of service to the betterment of our community and its citizens;

Wayne Marshall, Director of Code and Planning from 1998 to September 2020, and Joe Slocum, City Manager from

2007 to March 2020.

Citing Wayne Marshall’s significant contribution to the betterment of Belfast is certainly accurate of Wayne’s work

over the past 22 years, but it is not enough. The level that Wayne cares about the Department of Code and

Planning, the people in this community, and the function and purpose of local government is admirable. Nor would

Belfast be the Belfast we know and love today without Wayne’s ability to play the long game. He has been a

constant in our City through many changes and at the very center of most. Wayne has served as a mentor and

friend to many members of staff and elected City officials over the years.

Wayne will leave behind a legacy that is not just seen along our streets and waterfront but also in those that follow

him. Our incoming Director of Code and Planning and current Code Enforcement Officer Bub Fournier explains,

“Wayne’s expertise and understanding of the seams between overlapping issues has been a great resource that will

be hard to do without. His approach has always been full comprehension and he has never been swayed by easy

solutions or deterred by long hours of doing things correctly. His sense of humor and wit will echo in our

department for many years after he retires.”

Joe Slocum believed that working in government was his civic duty and his opportunity to give back to a community

that he truly believed in and cared about. He was honored to be part of the daily contributions and achievements

that the City’s dedicated staff, volunteers and community worked so hard for, and it showed. Whether it was the

complicated Harbor Walk, the rebuilding of the pedestrian Belfast Armistice Bridge, the new Public Works facility,

the immensely complicated Rail Trail, supporting energy savings initiative, or negotiating the complexities of the

Front Street Shipyard Joe brought a careful and dynamic energy to moving the issues forward.

In his last Manager’s Report, Joe explained “this community is not an accident. It is the deliberate product of a

diverse culture that is unrelenting in its common love of everything that is here. In spite of many attempts, Belfast

cannot be wrapped up into some summary brand. We are blessed by being as much as we are, by who we are, as

we are, by who we are not. Our diversity is our special asset. It encourages and respects every individual's desire to

be themselves. There is such deep warmth here. It welcomes, shares, celebrates and outwardly displays great

common pride.”

Wayne Marshall and Joe Slocum have helped foster a community that we all are proud to call home. And for that

we will be forever thankful.

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Dedication Message from the Mayor 1 Auditor’s Report 39-41

Table of Contents 2 Waldo County Sheriff’s Department 42-45 Directory of Information 3 United States Senators,

Susan Collins and Angus King 46-47 Mayor/ City Council / 4 State Representative, Janice Dodge 48 Department Heads

State Senator, Erin Herbig 49

Committee Members 5-7 Congressman, Jared Golden 50

Reports: Unpaid Real Estate Taxes & Liens 51-53

City Manager 8 Notes 54-55

Municipal Airport 9-10

City Assessor 11-12

Cemetery Trustees 13

City Clerk 14 Code and Planning Department 15-16

Economic Development Department 17-19

Finance Department 19-20

Fire Department & Ambulance Department 21-22

General Assistance 23 Harbor Department 24 Belfast Free Library 25-26

Parks & Recreation 27 Police Department 28-30

Public Works 31-32

Tax Office 33

Transfer Station / Recycling 34-36

Belfast TV 37

Wastewater Treatment Facility 38

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EMERGENCY Fire & Ambulance 911

EMERGENCY Police 911

Non-Emergency Fire & Ambulance Departments---338-3362-------------------------------------

Non-Emergency Police Department-------------------338-2420-------------------------------------

Information regarding all aspects of the City can be found on the web-site:



Treasurer’s Office--------------------------------338-3370---x [emailprotected]

Tax Office-----------------------------------------338-3370---x [emailprotected]

Clerk’s Office-------------------------------------338-3370---x [emailprotected]

Assessor’s Office---------------------------------338-3370---x [emailprotected]

Planning / Code Office--------------------------338-3370--x [emailprotected]

Parks & Recreation-------------------------------338-3370--x [emailprotected]

Park Pool-------------------------------------------338-1661----------------------------------------------------

Harbor Master-------------------------------------338-1142------------- [emailprotected]

Public Works--------------------------------------338-2375-------------- [emailprotected]

Wastewater Treatment

Transfer & Recycling

Animal Control Officer---------------------------------- 338-2420---------------------------------------------

Belfast Cable TV

Belfast Free

Belfast Municipal

Boat House Rental--------------------------------338-3370—x 127----- [emailprotected]


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Mayor and City Council

Councilors and Mayor may be contacted through email or by message to City Hall at 338 3370 ext 110.



Mayor Eric Sanders . [emailprotected] Nov.


Ward 1 Councilor Mary Mortier [emailprotected] Nov.


Ward 2 Councilor Neal Harkness [emailprotected] Nov.


Ward 3 Councilor Brenda Bonneville [emailprotected] Nov.


Ward 4 Councilor Mike Hurley [emailprotected] Nov.


Ward 5 Councilor Paul Dean [emailprotected] Nov.


City Department Heads All may be contacted through email or by message to City Hall at 338 3370


City Manager Erin Herbig [emailprotected] 110

Director of Code & Planning Wayne Marshall [emailprotected] 125

City Treasurer Theresa Butler [emailprotected] 111

City Assessor Brent Martin [emailprotected] 117

City Clerk Amy Flood [emailprotected] 114

Tax Collector [emailprotected] 132

Director of Parks & Recreation Norm Poirier [emailprotected] 127

General Assistance Administrator Jodie Stout [emailprotected] 120

Facilities & Maintenance Norman Gilmore, III [emailprotected] 113

Chief of Police Gerry Lincoln [emailprotected] 338-2420

Fire Chief / Ambulance Director James Richards [emailprotected] 338-3362

Director of Public Works Robert Richards [emailprotected] 338-2375

Director of Library Steve Norman [emailprotected] 338-3884

Harbor Master Kathy Pickering [emailprotected] 338-1142

Cemetery Superintendent Steve Boguen [emailprotected] 338-2264

Wastewater Superintendent Jon Carman [emailprotected] 338-1744

Transfer & Recycling Mike McFadden [emailprotected] 338-1817

Station Manager























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Airport Advisory Committee - 7 Members - 3 Year Terms

Chair: William Ryan Exp. 2022 Duke Tomlin Exp. 2022 Kenn Ortmann Exp. 2021

Secretary: R. Truxes Exp. 2020 Lynn Karlin Exp. 2021 John Downs Exp. 2020

Dave Aldrich Exp. 2020

Board of Assessment Review - 4 Members & 1 Alternate - 3 Year Terms

Chair: Biff Atlass Exp. 2022 Member: Roy Rodgers Exp. 2022

Member: David Bond Exp. 2021 Member: Mary Dutch Exp. 2021

Alt.: Joel T. Lee Exp. 2022

Broadband Committee - Unlimited Members - 2 Year Terms

Chair: Zafra Whitcomb Exp. 2021 Secretary: Doug Chamberlain Exp. 20201

Member: Charity Leschinski Exp. 2022 Member: Joellen Easton Gaseidnes Exp. 2020

Member: John Arrison Exp. 2021 Councilor: Mary Mortier

Member: Thomas Kittredge

Cemetery Trustees - 4 Members & 1 Alternate - 3 Year Terms

Chair: Joyce Fenner Exp. 2020 Member: Joanna Curtis Exp. 2021

Secretary: Megan Pinette Exp. 2022 Member: Paul Hamilton Exp. 2020

Alt. Amanda Munson Exp. 2020

Climate Committee - 8-10 Members (including 2 Council Members) - 1 Year Term

Chair: Jonathan Beal Exp.2020 Vice-Chair: Sharon Besso Exp.2021

Secretary: Barbara Bell Exp. 2021 Beverly Roxby Exp. 2021

Dr, Joe Duggan Exp. 2021 Henry Reisner Exp.2020

Mayor Eric Sanders Exp. 2021

Comprehensive Plan Committee - 1 Member per Ward + 2 At-Large Members

- Term - Upon Completion of Plan

Ward 1 Member: Jill Goodwin Ward 2 Member: Scott Kelley

Ward 3 Member: Tammy Lacher Scully Ward 4 Member: Syrena T. Gatewood

Ward 5 Member: Peter Brunette #1 At-large Member: John J. Carrick III#2 At-large Member:

Anne Saggese

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Energy Committee - 6 Members - Staggered Terms

3 year term 2 year term

Andrew Carpenter Exp.2020 Eric Sanders Exp.2020

Jonathan Fulford Exp.2020 Michael Hurley Exp.2020

Matt O'Malia Exp.2020 Sadie Lloyd Exp.2020

Harbor Advisory Committee - 6 Members - 2 Year Terms

Member: John B. Turner Exp. 2021 Member: Daniel Miller Exp. 2021

Member: Joanne Moesswilde Exp. 2021 Member: Robert Winslow Exp. 2020

Member: Gerald Brand Exp. 2020 Alt: Andrew Peters Exp. 2020

In Town Design Review Committee - 12 Members Presently - No Terms

Martha Block Tangie Abercrombie

Mary Dutch Gianne Conard

Gail Savitz Tangie Abercombie

Richard O’Connor Roy Rodgers

Dominic Mercadante Judy Stein

James H. Duff Barry Brindle

Library Board of Trustees - 5 Members - All 3 Year Terms

President: Kay Zegel Exp. 2020 Vice President: Cynthia Martell Exp. 2021

Treasurer: Robert Adler Exp. 2022 Secretary: Robin Kruger Exp. 2020

Member: Syrena Gatewood Exp. 2021

Parks & Recreation Commission - 7 Members - 1 Alternate - 3 Year Terms

Chair: Larry Theye Exp. 2022 Secretary: Heather Hay-Brackett Exp. 2020

Member: Carol Good Exp. 2020 Member: Catherine Gleeson Exp. 2022

Member: Aynne Ames Exp. 2021 Member: Kali Litrides Exp. 2021

Member: Rafe Blood Exp. 2022 Alt. Member: Amanda Cunningham Exp. 2021

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Pedestrian, Biking & Hiking Committee - 5 Members – 1&2 Year Terms

Chair: Jim Merkel Exp. 2020 Secretary: Bill Smith Exp. 2020

Member: Christopher Gardner Exp. 2020 Member: Glenn Montgomery Exp. 2020

Member: Zachary Schmesser Exp. 2021 Alt. Member: Tim Freeman Exp. 2020

Planning Board Members - 5 Members - 2 Alternates - 5 Year Terms

Seat #1 Secretary: Richard O'Connor Exp. 2020 Seat #2: Geoffrey Gilchrist Exp. 2020

Seat #3: Hubert Townsend Exp. 2023 Seat # 4: Wayne Corey Exp. 2024

Seat # 5: David Bond Exp. 2020 Alt 1: Stephen Ryan Exp. 2021

Alt 2: Kimberly "Daisy" Beal Exp. 2021

Zoning Board of Appeals - 5 Members - 1 Alternate - 3 Year Terms

Chair: Peter Nessin Exp. 2020 Member: Roger Pickering Exp. 2022

Member: Michael Nickerson Exp. 2020 Member: Dana Keene Exp. 2022

Member: Douglas Smith Exp. 2022 Alternate: Vacancy Exp.

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131 Church Street Belfast, Maine 04915

Erin Herbig E-mail: [emailprotected]

City Manager Tel: (207) 338-3370 ext. 110

Like every citizen of Belfast, I never imagined the current state our community is in when I entered my new role as City

Manager on March 9, 2020, more than halfway through the fiscal year. Within my first week on the job, the State of

Maine responded and adjusted operations due to a global pandemic and in coordination with our Governor’s mandates,

the City of Belfast did the same.

At the simplest level, the City Manager’s office is responsible for the overall operation and management of all municipal

departments and employees, as well as the implementation of all policy decisions made by the City Council. With the

impacts of COVID-19 on our community, our economy and our bottom-line, we have been faced with challenges that the

City of Belfast has never seen before.

Of this I am sure: The City of Belfast will get through this and we will get through this together. I have already seen

proof of this as we finished out Fiscal Year 2019-2020 and as we look ahead. A great deal of work has been

accomplished by the City thanks to our experienced staff and clear direction from our dedicated Mayor and Councilors to

respond to the pandemic. A few examples of this are:

The Belfast Keep the Faith Fund Grocery Voucher was created to provide relief to Belfast residents who have

been laid off or experienced reduced work hours and small businesses located in Belfast that have been forced to

close or had a reduction in revenue beyond 25% due to COVID-19.

The Belfast Keep the Faith Small Business Grant Program was created to provide relief to businesses located in

Belfast that have had to close or experienced a significant reduction in business since the beginning of the

COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Belfast made donations to our Long-Term Care Facilities, Tall Pines and Harbor Hill, to support their

workforce during the continuing health crisis.

“Curbside Belfast” was created to provide businesses the ability to apply for a temporary permit, allowing

restaurants and retailers to utilize city parking spaces in front of their businesses. We have had 13 downtown

businesses utilize this opportunity that has helped keep our downtown vibrant and bustling during a very

difficult time.

This pandemic will continue to present many challenges that remain unknown. What I do know is that our Mayor and

Council have always been innovative, compassionate and will lead our community through this challenging time. I know

that City of Belfast employees are resourceful and mindful of how to stretch each dollar to provide services to our

community on a very lean budget because we understand the impact our spending has on our community. I know our

community is resilient and that we can and will get through this together.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve the City of Belfast as City Manager. I am honored to work on behalf of my

hometown and the people that live here every day. If I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact

me. I wish you all the very best in the coming year.

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Annual Report

July 1, 2019-June 30 2020

Belfast Municipal Airport (KBST) is a 218-acre general aviation airport with a 4,000-foot runway, which caters to corporate jets and small aircraft; scheduled commercial service does not exist at this airport. The airport was built in the 1940’s, and in its current runway configuration (an orientation of 150°/330°) since the 1960’s.

The most accurate source of information regarding the number of operations currently at the airport is the General Aviation Recording Device (GARD) system, which records and saves all radio transmissions made at/near the airport. The GARD system showed FY20 operations averaged approximately 267 per month-there were some months with incorrect readings so this is an estimate. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also develops a Terminal Area Forecast which estimates the number of annual operations at non-towered KBST as 10,000. It is the opinion of the Airport Manager that the number of actual operations at the airport falls somewhere between the FAA and the GARD numbers. Known regular users of the airport include: athenahealth, LifeFlight, Front Street Shipyard clients, and HNP AIR LLC.

The airport currently generates revenue three ways: 1) ground leases to private individuals; 2) property taxes on aircraft hangars; and 3) leases of City-owned buildings. The City receives approximately $26,600 per year from 24 ground leases, approximately $10,500 in property taxes from 24 hangars, and $4,200 per year from the leasing of the City-owned Lowe Hangar and a T-hangar. KBST currently has approximately 20 aircraft based here (generally the airport where it spends the most time).

The City of Belfast receives an annual allocation of entitlement funds from both the FAA ($150,000.00) and the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) ($8,333.33); these funds can be banked for up to 4 years. These funds can be used to pay for 95% of the costs of an FAA-approved project; the remaining 5% of the project costs are covered by the City of Belfast. Certain projects, like the recent parallel taxiway project, may also qualify for additional discretionary FAA funding. The FAA prioritizes projects that improve airport safety. Smaller airport capital projects and maintenance-type projects, however, are often funded 100% by the City. One major airport project, the recent parallel taxiway project, was substantially completed during FY20. A major change in management was implemented in November 2019 when responsibility for airport operations was moved from Economic Development Director Thomas Kittredge to Co-Managers Scott Story and Kenn Ortmann, and later to just Kenn Ortmann.

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Ongoing challenges for the airport include: 1) high ground lease rates, both when compared to other Maine airports and to other United States airports; 2) a small number of sites where commercial aviation activity is allowed but which also do not possess high development costs; 3) a lack of accessible, competitively-priced aviation fuel; and, 4) limited options for creating new additional revenue streams.

Belfast Municipal Airport has, and will to continue to be, an asset to Belfast and the surrounding region, providing transportation, economic, health-care, educational, and recreational benefits. The City should continue to improve the airport and make it more viable, through making safety improvements, increasing capabilities and facilities, generating more revenue, and maximizing funding from the FAA and MDOT.

Respectfully offered: Kenneth Ortmann, Airport Manager June 5, 2020

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May 14, 2020

Memo: Annual Report Preliminary Content

To: Theresa Butler, Treasurer

From: Brent Martin, City Assessor

Assessing activity is busier than ever and the timing of COVID-19’s shutdown brings attention to two

important components driving the Assessing Office – Tax Day and the Certified Ratio. Tax Day defines the

day the assessment values are measured in relation to the market value of properties and the Certified Ratio

is median percentage these measurements. If assessments are within 10% of market value, the taxpayers

may receive 100% of the exemptions. If market values increase, as they have, and assessed values do not

track those increases, the tax payers may not claim 100% of the tax savings of the exemptions.

Additionally, if assessed values fall below 90% of market value, it is likely that assessments may not be

fairly applied throughout the City. This is the basis for why we have been equalizing over the past few


This year presents complex issues. The data analyzed by the Assessing Office revolves around the status of

property and the markets as of April 1st. When COVID-19 froze the City, State, Country and World, the

Assessing Office remained faced with having to compare assessed values to rising sale prices leading up to

the market standstill in place as of April 1st. Since we were at approximately 91% of market value last year,

this meant our assessed values were beginning to fall below 90%, suggesting taxpayers may lose part of

their exemptions, unless we adjust the assessments upward after figuring out why they are not reflecting

market values in certain parts of the City.

This effectively pushes us to continue equalizing throughout the City for this year. As we finalize

additional sales studies for 2020, if we find it necessary, we may be making small adjustments in home and

garage values for residential properties throughout all of Belfast. This will likely be reflected as a few

dollars in taxable value per square foot of home or garage, which would then be multiplied by the mill rate,

which is not yet determined. We will know this and be reporting on it in the next couple of weeks. Despite

COVID-19, we still must maintain fair assessments as part of the multi-year equalization process that has

been improving our data.

We know we are not in a vacuum. We will be weighing the prospective recovery status of the economy and

real estate markets as we set values for commitment and will seek to set assessments with as low an

influence as we can to still maintain our ratio at 100%. This will allow for the maximum exemption

benefits while still improving the fairness of the assessments as verified by the State. Keep in mind that

adjustments to taxpayer valuations are meant to increase fairness between and among property owners.

As stated in the tax bill letter in 2019, the City’s total valuation base had grown $12 million to $792 million

from 2018 to 2019 (up from $733 million since 2015), mostly the result of increases in commercial real

City of Belfast Office of the Assessor & Addressing Office

131 Church Street

Belfast, Maine 04915

Phone: (207) 338-3160, Ext 22

Email: [emailprotected]

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property, business equipment and residential permit activity, all while absorbing nearly $30 million in

valuation losses attributable to STAG (the vacant Bank of America buildings). Our data quality has

improved greatly since 2015, making assessed values more reliable. The City kept the mill rate within 6%

of 2015 at 22.9 – up less than 1% from 2018, and the City is trying hard to do the same again for 2020,

while attaining even better assessment data.

Though the valuation changes are not completed as of May 14, 2020, they are expected to be completed

about one to two months earlier than the prior commitment dates over the past ten years, while leaving the

due dates the same. This would allow earlier payment of taxes to improve cash flow to the City in a strange

budget year, while not affecting those on auto-pay. Additionally, this allows the Assessing Office to

immediately embark on tightening next year’s data, including office maintenance, photos, and some

digitizing of additional data (such as re-scanning physical cards). The Assessing Office will be faced with

updating TRIO software this year and the process is known to be cumbersome. This results in some

additional labor costs that are sought for 2020-2021.

As of today, we have 4562 accounts, comprised of 3991 real property and 571 personal property accounts,

which is an increase of over 250 since 2013. Historically, 275 deeds were processed yearly by my

predecessor. We are processing up to 40% more on a yearly basis. The level of complexity of the site

descriptions, split parcel descriptions, and ownership issues in the deed conveyances has increased greatly,

resulting in greater time to reconcile and process real estate transfers.

This past 10 months of operations within our budget has been tight. The State quickly implemented a Solar

and Wind Equipment Exemption, which required our office to track down solar installations, rework the

software in a manner not done before, and then share this with municipalities across the state. We have had

to shift our operations from office to remote-based and then back, prudently maintaining remote access and

parallel data. We have shifted our field data gathering process to a tethered tag-team approach between

myself and the Lister, Avis Winchester, where we have been able to complete exterior inspections in

equalizing Maps 1 through 5 with over 1146 accounts where 950 accounts had both up or down land and

condition-related value adjustments. We should also be completing 146 additional accounts in Maps 14, 15,

and 16 by commitment. This process will be labor-intensive as it spills over into this fall.

The Assessing Office’s budget remains reasonable in light of the continuing success with our internal

equalization efforts. The budget reflects a more intensive labor/wages focus as we get closer to completing

multiple years of equalization, assuming the market remains somewhat range-bound and doesn’t continue

upward from where it left off. The Assessing Office constantly strives to make assessed values fair and

equitable. Please contact us if concerned with any changes in valuation. We will make sure all eligible

exemptions are applied on a timely basis. For business owners, we can walk through the various state filing

requirements and explain which exemptions are available. We appreciate emails or phone numbers for our

records as we constantly are reaching out to property owners with questions or suggestions.

As always, I am honored to work for the people of Belfast.

Brent Martin, CMA-3, CRA

City Assessor

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City of Belfast Cemetery Department

Annual Report-2019

Cemetery Directors: Joyce Fenner Megan Pinette

Paul Hamilton Joanna Curtis

Amanda Munson, Alt.

The Cemetery Department is both privately and publicly funded and has the responsibility of maintaining

all seven Cemeteries located in Belfast. They are as follows

Grove Cemetery Belmont Avenue

East Belfast Cemetery Rt 1 East Belfast

South Belfast Cemetery Woods Road

North Belfast Cemetery Doak Road

West Belfast Cemetery Pitcher Road

City Point Cemetery Oak Hill Road

Piper Cemetery Back Belmont Road.

We perform all the regular maintenance and will complete those tasks requested of us for all lot owners.

We performed a complete mowing on all Cemeteries approximately 20 times last summer. This includes

trimming around 21,000 or so stones, trees and roadways. We also service all funeral arrangements in the

grounds. In 2019 we cared for 9 traditional burials and 41cremation burials. Most all of these services

required our Chapel Tent and seating options for a more comforting experience. As of October 2012, we

have made the Chapel open to the public for services and other functions. The agreed upon fee for the

rental is $150.00 and arrangements can be made through the Superintendent.

The members of the Belfast Garden Club have to be thanked for their diligence in weeding and watering

the flower gardens in the Chapel area again this year. Volunteers and donations are always welcomed!!!

The process of restoration of the Old Section of Grove Cemetery is complete. This was a three year project

and many visitors have remarked on the condition of these older stones. We are very pleased with the


The Cemetery Department still has an interactive web based database for interested persons to search our

records for genealogy purposes. Photos of monuments and stones are being transferred to this site as they

are received. The public may access this database by finding the Cemetery link on the City of Belfast

Website. Any omissions or errors can be reported also.

The Cemeteries are open to traffic from April to December depending on the weather and we have

employees available to assist from May to November. Our hours are 7:00 to 3:30, Monday thru Friday.

Others by appointment also.

Please feel free to contact me for any information on the Belfast Cemeteries. I can be reached at 338-2264

or at [emailprotected].

Steve Boguen, Cemetery Supt.


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City Clerk Annual Report

As we say hello to 2020 we reflect on the passing of 2019.

It’s always a pleasure serving the citizens of Belfast. We provide general information, by phone, mail, email and in

person to the Citizens of Belfast and Visitors alike, as well as City Council and other City Employees. We provide

information about the services offered by the different city departments as well as general information about our

community. So if you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact us; if we can’t answer your question we will help

you find someone who can.

The City Clerk's office is the keeper of the records of the city. We processes birth, death and marriage records, burial

permits, dog licenses, hunting & fishing licenses as well as geneology requests. We process all fees and receivables

for the city, such as code department permit fees, ambulance department, cemetery department receipts, transfer station

receipts, police department receipts and harbor department receipts. We issue business licenses and permits such as

taxi cab license, liquor licenses, special amusem*nt, catering, victualer (food service), coin operated machine licenses

and lunch wagon licenses. We help provide prospective businesses with the information on how to obtain their state

licenses as well as their local licenses required to start a new business or expand their current operation. If you’re

thinking of starting a business in Belfast or have any questions about our services we provide, please give us a call.

The City Clerk’s office now cross trains for better customer service with our Tax Collector’s department as well. This

includes tax payments, sewer payments, hanger tax payments, registrations: vehicles, trailers, campers, RV’s, ATV’s,

snowmobiles and boats. This has proven to be very efficient for meeting customer’s needs in a timely manner.

The City Clerk’s office administers all elections, Federal, State and Local. If you have any questions about registering

to vote or anything elections related, please feel free to contact us at 207-338-3370 or via email at


The City Clerks Office is here for you; stop by and see us sometime.

City Statistics: Vital Statistics 2018 2019 2018 2019

Births 155 158 Certificates Issued: 573 668

Deaths 164 199 Certificates Issued: 676 704

Marriages 95 70 Certificates Issued: 159 141

Dogs 2018 2019

Licenses Issued: 1082 1114

IF&W Fishing & Hunting Licenses Issued 2018 2019

Fishing Licenses 318 295

Hunting Licenses 242 219

Voter Information as of 12/31/2019

Total registered voters 5512 Registered 207 new voters

Democrats 2320 Changed 138 voter registrations

Republicans 1229 Removed 216 voters from our list

Green Independent 234

Un-enrolled (not party) 1729

Thank you for allowing us to serve you. We look forward to another wonderful year in Belfast.

Respectfully submitted,

Amy I. Flood, City Clerk


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JULY 1, 2019 TO JUNE 30, 2020

By Wayne Marshall, Director, Code & Planning

The most recognizable function of the Department is the review and issuance of Building Permits and similar Permits

required by City Ordinances. The Department, through its Code Enforcement Officer, issued the following permits

between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020:

Building permits for new single family residences - 11 permits

Building permit for new multifamily construction - 0 permit

Building permits for commercial construction - 7 permits

Other Building Permits - 173 permits

New Mobile Home Permits - 11 permits

Electrical Permits - 194 permits

Plumbing Permits - 123 permits The Code Enforcement Officer conducts inspections associated with all of the above permits.

The number of permits issued for new residential construction have yet to return to levels the City saw prior to the

2007 - 2008 housing recession, however, there appears to be increasing interest compared to 5 years ago. Similar to

most years, the most frequently issued permit was for renovations to existing houses and the construction of

accessory structures, such as sheds, decks and garages.

Department staff regularly provides services to the Belfast Planning Board and Intown Design Review Committee and

occasionally to the Harbor Committee and City Council regarding their respective reviews of projects to ensure

compliance with requirements in the City Code of Ordinances. Clearly, the most significant project reviewed by the

Planning Board and the Department in FY 2020 was the Nordic Aquafarms proposal to develop a land based salmon

aquaculture facility near the lower reservoir of the Little River. This $500 million project would result in the

production of 33,000 metric tons of salmon annually is the largest project proposed in Belfast in many decades.

Nordic Aquafarms submitted its permit applications to the City in June 2019, and concurrently submitted applications

to the State Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In the ensuing year, the

Planning Board conducted 12 public hearings on the project and met over 20 times to consider permit requirements.

The 5 City Permit applications remained pending before the Board as the fiscal year came to a close.

Nordic Aquafarms, however, was not the only major project that the Planning Board and Department reviewed in FY

2020. Other major projects included the following:

SunRaise Solar proposal to develop a 4.5 megawatt (20 acre) commercial solar farm on Perkins Road. The

Department and Board, in response to new State initiatives to encourage the development of commercial solar

installations, first developed amendments to City Ordinances to allow commercial solar installations (Ordinance

amendments adopted by City Council in January 2020), and then reviewed and approved the SunRaise Solar Permit

application in February 2020. Construction of this project was slated to begin in the late summer of 2020.

In May, 2020, the Board completed its review and approval of a project proposal by Realty Resources to develop

25 units of affordable rental housing for older adults that will be constructed at 80 Wight Street, and in June, the

Board completed its review of a similar project proposed by Developers Collaborative for a property located at 75

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Wight Street. The two projects will result in 50 new units of affordable rental housing for older adults, the first

new affordable housing that has been constructed in Belfast in 7+ years.

In October 2019, the City Council, following the review and recommendation of the Belfast Planning Board,

approved a contract rezoning agreement to allow the development of a Tractor Supply Store on Belmont Avenue

across Rte 3 from the Schoodic Drive entrance to Bank of America. Construction of the store started in earnest in

the spring of 2020 and it is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020.

As the fiscal year was drawing to a close, the Planning Board and subsequently the City Council was completing

its review of a contract rezoning agreement with Dan Waldron, WhiteCAP Builders, to renovate and reopen the

Three Tides Restaurant property on the City's waterfront. It was a sad day when this much revered Restaurant

closed, and all were happy to see the proposed expansion and to know that it would again become part of Belfast.

Although the applicant, Paul Overgaag, chose to withdraw his proposal shortly after the COVID pandemic came

to the forefront, the Department notes that it worked closely with the Planning Board and subsequently the City

Council to adopt amendments to the City Downtown Height Ordinance standards that would have created an

opportunity for Mr. Overgaag to construct a multi-use building at the corner of Main and Washington Streets.

The Department often works with the Council and other City Committees on non-Zoning projects, as well as preparing

amendments to the City Code of Ordinances. Some of the more notable projects in FY 2020 are listed below:

City Energy Committee, with the able assistance of Sadie Lloyd Mudge, former City Planner, completed the

conversion of all City street lights to LED lights.

Olver Associates, City Engineer, completed an assessment of how to make much needed energy and operational

improvements to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. This project was initiated and shepherded by the Energy

Committee and managed by Sadie Lloyd Mudge, The Council approved the City making the improvements.

City completed two shore stabilization projects, one at City Park and the second near the eastside of the Armistice

Bridge, to mitigate significant coastal erosion that had occurred, much of which was associated with winter 2018

storms. The Department managed these projects.

City Code of Ordinance amendments that were adopted include: changes to the front setback requirement for 25+

properties in the Residential 1, 2 and 3 zoning districts; amendments to the Route 3 Commercial zoning district for

the area located westerly of Crocker Road; amendments to the Office Park zoning district, particularly the area

located westerly of Crocker Road; and the aforementioned amendments regarding the adoption of solar energy

system standards and the building height standard for a section of the Downtown Commercial zoning district.

FY 2020 also was a year of major change for the Department. Sadie Lloyd Mudge, who served as City Planner for 6+

years, ended her full-time employment with the City in July 2019. In October 2019, Jon Boynton was hired as City

Planner. In May 2020, Wayne Marshall, who has served as the Department Director since December 2019,

announced that he would be retiring from his position, however, he would be remaining with the City to complete

review of the Nordic Aquafarms project.

The Department provides a diverse range of services to residents and property owners in Belfast. All of our staff, Bub

Fournier, Code Enforcement Officer, Jon Boynton, Planner, Erica Nealley, Administrative Assistant, and Wayne

Marshall, Department Director, hope that our collective efforts have served the City well. If you have questions or

comments about the Department, you can call us at 338-3370 x 125, or by email at [emailprotected].

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Mission and Services:

The essential mission of the Economic Development Department is to develop and implement the City’s

economic development plan. This plan contains five strategies: 1) lower the cost of doing business and

remove/prevent obstacles to private investment/business development; 2) bring more people to Belfast

throughout the year, especially during non-summer seasons; 3) improve quality of place; 4) pursue targeted

business attraction; and 5) efficiently connect existing businesses and start-ups with current business

development resources.

The three primary services that this department provides are: 1) infrastructure development; 2) grant

research, writing, and management; and 3) technical assistance to businesses.


While this department does keep extensive and organized notes regarding any interactions and/or projects

with a given business or entrepreneur, the department has not established a system that would be able to

provide a highly-accurate number of the individual businesses and entrepreneurs assisted within a given

year and the amount of time spent with each of those businesses and entrepreneurs. Through doing a

limited review of the departments e-mails, computer file folders, and task lists, one can derive an extremely

conservative number of 350 total businesses and entrepreneurs receiving some level of assistance since the

department’s creation in June of 2010, with up to 20 individual businesses and entrepreneurs receiving

assistance contemporaneously. (If there is a desire to have more accurate information, the department may

need to invest in some type of client relationship management software to more easily and accurately track

interactions.) As each of these businesses and entrepreneurs come to this office with unique needs, nearly

every provision of assistance is custom-tailored, which requires more time and effort to effectively respond.

Provision of assistance to all, or nearly all, of these businesses and entrepreneurs, has to be delivered in

multiple communications (it is not atypical to have dozens of communications over period of several

months, along with multiple face-to-face meetings, conference calls, or tours of potential properties, for an

individual client). This provision of assistance represents a major portion of the department’s time.

While it is not the best barometer of the impact or value of this department, the number and amounts of

grants secured is one of the easiest to measure/quantify. This department is currently

managing/implementing/closing out the following grants: 1) a $1,900,000 U.S. Department of Commerce

Economic Development Administration Public Works Grant, which was awarded in 2014 and was used to

reconstruct and realign, and to upgrade the utilities within, the portion of Front Street between Main and

Pierce Streets; 2) on behalf of Belfast Municipal Airport, a $3,602,725 Federal Aviation Administration

and Maine Department of Transportation Airport Improvement Program Grant, which was awarded in 2018

and was used for the extension of that airport’s parallel taxiway system; 3) a $299,994 U.S. Environmental

Protection Agency Brownfields Assessment Program Grant, which was awarded in 2019 and is being used

to fund environmental assessment work on sites that have commercial redevelopment potential but which

are contaminated or have the perception thereof; 4) a $10,000 Efficiency Maine Trust Level 2 Electric

Vehicle Charging Station Grant which was awarded in 2019 and will be used to construct an electric

vehicle charging station at the City’s parking lot at the intersection of Bridge, Front, and Pierce Streets; and

5) a $3,000 Maine Arts Commission Bicentennial Project Grant, which was awarded in 2020 and will be

used for a series of historic photographic murals to be placed on the exteriors of various buildings in

Belfast. Management of grants/projects is time-consuming; typically, the time spent on the management of

these grants/projects is several multiples of the time that was spent actually applying for them. Since this

department was established in June of 2010, it has played a lead role in securing $9,916,975 in various

grants (representing 89.5% of the $11,070,456 in grants that it has applied for).

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Challenges: This department continues to face the following 3 major challenges:

1) Increase in demand for services and expectations in the level of service provided.

Since this department’s creation, the number of requests by businesses, particularly startup businesses,

appears to have increased year-over-year (with the exception of the recent COVID-19 pandemic), as

Belfast becomes more visible due to its successes and becomes more aware of the fact that the City can

offer assistance through this department. Requests for direct assistance from businesses and entrepreneurs

currently outstrip available staff time. In the future, if the City does not wish to exclude any businesses or

entrepreneurs, or to not reduce the level of assistance provided, additional staff capacity might be necessary

(whether it be contract, full-time, part-time, or intern).

2) Available funding sources for both the City of Belfast and its businesses.

Another major challenge is continuing to find grant funding sources, both to help the City fund business

and community infrastructure projects, and to also directly assist businesses and entrepreneurs. While many

of the existing well-known funding sources (such as Community Development Block Grants) have seen

their funding reduced year after year, there are still new programs being developed. However, this means

that the universe of potential funding sources is always changing, funding opportunities can be missed if

they are not found in a timely manner (as many of them are offered or for a limited period of time,

sometimes even only once). While the department has expertise in identifying grant opportunities from

both state and federal grants, it does not have much expertise and knowledge regarding the much larger

universe of private foundation grants (which are generally more for non-profits than governmental entities).

Seeking out and identifying potential funding sources can be very time-consuming, because one has to

access multiple sources of information (there does not appear to be one all-inclusive information source),

with some of them still only available in print format. This department is currently making efforts to make

Belfast businesses and property owners more aware of, and easier to access, certain incentive programs that

could be of benefit to them, such as Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits, New Markets Tax Credits, and

Opportunity Zones. There do exist computer-based grant information resources, but they tend to be costly

(on the order of thousands of dollars per year), and again, there does not appear to be one single all-

encompassing grant information resource.

3) Measuring benefits and impacts on the economy of the City of Belfast.

Finally, measuring this department’s impact on the Belfast economy is also a challenge. Determining the

amount of impact this department has on the success of a given project necessarily relies on assumptions

and is unable to be quantified to a level of absolute certainty. In addition, the City of Belfast does not have

the capacity to generate statistically significant economic statistics on its own, and therefore must rely on

existing economic statistics, many of which only provide data for larger geographic areas instead of data at

the municipal level. Further complicating matters, the City of Belfast has for some time been a significant

net job importer; in 2017 (the most recent year for which data was available), 5,413 people worked in

Belfast but lived outside of that community, compared to only 1,230 people who lived in Belfast but

worked outside of that community. (This may lead to the situation where economic development successes

taking place in Belfast result in little or no change to the incomes or the unemployment rates of Belfast

residents.) Despite this challenge, it is important over the long-term to effectively and as accurately as

possible determine the impact of this department, and communicate that information to both the elected

officials and the residents of Belfast, to best be able to ensure the department’s continued existence and


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City of Belfast Harbor Department Annual Report – May 2020 The Harbor Department is divided into four primary functions: Taking care of the City’s slip facilities at Thompson’s

Wharf and the City Landing, Mooring Permitting & Management, Safe Navigation, and Emergency Response. Our

Thompson’s Wharf slip facility is year-round and berths seasonal summer and winter vessels, as well as commercial

vessels including fishermen and charter vessels. The City Landing provides public water access with the most usable

launch ramp in the area, short-term/transient summertime rental berths, space for commercial fishermen and

marine businesses to operate, berthing for larger vessels including the cruise ships, and amenities for visiting

boaters such as fuel, ice, showers and wifi. We also maintain and rent ten transient rental moorings. All mooring

management and navigation is done under the guidance of Federal and State of Maine regulations, and local

ordinance. Emergency response is anything from a dinghy broken loose, vessel broken down, to vessels

sinking/people in the water.

The Harbor Master is full time. The part-time Assistant Harbor Master, Tim Place, is starting his second year, and we

usually hire 4 – 5 part time dock attendants to work over the summer. The Harbor Master and Assistant are trained

for emergency response situations and vessel navigation. The attendants help run the City Landing and provide

assistance to the visiting boaters.

This past year, after several years of planning, the City of Belfast received approval by the Coast Guard for a Special

Anchorage designation which charts our mooring field, designates local uses for the harbor such as vessel

anchoring, and provides necessary navigational aids. We now have two new channel markers to help vessel

operators find the channel if they are unfamiliar with the harbor, are travelling at night, or in adverse weather

conditions. The Harbor Department was also fortunate to be approved this past year for both a Harbor

Management Grant and Small Harbor Improvement Grant which allowed us to build 11 new floats to replace some

of our older floats. The City has over 75 floats in total between our facilities.

Over the past six years or so, the City has completed management plans for most of the harbor, which has helped

greatly with the increase in vessel traffic, public use, and commercial use. The Harbor Committee hopes in the near

future to continue with work on a management plan for the river up to the Head of Tide as we are responsible for

all tidal waters. We are also looking at future maintenance for some of our larger structures such as the

breakwater, which was built in the mid-1980’s. The breakwater provides protection for the City Landing as well as

for much of the Inner Harbor area. The City has recently looked into more substantial protection such as a

breakwater or wave attenuator which may protect a larger area of the harbor, but currently to build such structures

is cost-prohibitive. The Climate Crises Committee has done a lot of research to get a better idea of how potential

sea level rise will affect the harbor and surrounding areas in the future and Belfast was also chosen for a State

Planning study to determine how marine facilities may be affected. This information will be taken into

consideration with harbor-related maintenance projects.

Harbor revenues are currently up about 5% this fiscal year (from Harbor records). The number of mooring permits

remains steady at around 300 total. It’s difficult to determine at this time how the Harbor Department will be

affected by the COVID 19 restrictions as far as revenues. It appears that both the charter vessels and cruise ships

will either be running late in the season or not at all. The cruisers from out of state may also find it difficult to get as

far north as Maine with marinas south of here being closed or quarantined. However, I do expect we will see a lot

of local boating traffic as most seem anxious to get their boats in this season.

Most marine events in the area have been cancelled or postponed until later in the season, but the City Landing will

operate as usual as much as possible this summer with guidance from the City Council, State, CDC, and Coast

Guard. The Harbor Office will be open 7 days a week starting Memorial Day weekend and we can be reached by

phone, email, or VHF radio.

Respectfully Submitted, Katherine Pickering, Harbor Master, City of Belfast

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Belfast Free Library

Annual Report May 2020

The Belfast Free Library is a high traffic public building (or was, until the COVID-19 shutdown). In 2019,

over 160,000 visits were made to the library; more than 9,000 people attended library programs; and almost

38,000 uses were made of the library’s WiFi connection and computers. Online services are ever

increasing, but the library still has been a popular destination.

Circulation of library material (books, ebooks, and audiovisual) remains strong. Even when something is

not owned by the Belfast Free Library, it almost certainly exists somewhere in the nine million unique

holdings in other library collections in Maine and will be delivered to our library, usually within a week, as

a result of our participation in the Minerva and Maine InfoNet library organizations. About 29,000 items

were borrowed or sent out through interlibrary loan in 2019.

Youth Services Librarian Erica Rubin Irish continues to provide services to youngsters in the Belfast

community. She arranges and conducts numerous storytimes as well as stellar programs, and she is

strengthening the library’s collaboration with local schools. Recently, she has taken many of her programs

online due to the pandemic.

Brenda Harrington organizes and presents a wide variety of adult programs. “Maine Authors Talk

About…” continues to be a very popular summer series of discussions. The monthly new art displays

orchestrated by Brenda in the Kramer Gallery always welcome and delight people coming to the library.

Brenda also is the library’s vital connection and organizer with the Belfast Poetry Festival, the Belfast

Creative Coalition, and the Maine Community Foundation.

Reference and Special Collections Librarian Sharon Pietryka—besides her daily responsibilities answering

research questions—coordinates the activities of the local Wawenoc Genealogy Group. Sharon also is

working with summer resident and esteemed volunteer Ted Steel to conduct a thorough inventory of the

archival collection. Additionally, Sharon acts as the library’s technology guru.

This past year, the library debuted a new Mobile MakerSpace, which was funded by grant from the William

W. Treat Foundation.

The kitchenette in the Abbott Room was remodeled this past year with proceeds from the library’s Annual


New, more comfortable chairs (80 of them) were purchased for the Abbott Room by the Friends of the

Belfast Free Library. In the previous year, the Friends purchased new chairs for the Gammans Room. The

Friends also gave the library $11,000 this year to replace the City’s annual library book budget, which was

eliminated because of the budget crisis. The library cannot get by without its Friends! Thank you, Friends!

Significant HVAC problems came to light in the past year. The fuel pump, air separator tank, and heating

coils in the air exchange unit had to be replaced when they stopped working. The library has begun

working with the City Energy Committee to develop plans for a new, more energy efficient HVAC system.

The library, with much help from Public Works, dealt with sewer back-ups into the Abbott Room in June

and again in July and again in August.

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A walk-in reciprocal borrowing pilot program with many other libraries throughout Maine began in


The library’s handyman extraordinaire Ken Vandrey retired this past year. Cliff Friberg has taken over

Ken’s former tasks.

During May through September, there was a special exhibit at the Portland Museum of Art on the historic

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Several pieces in the exhibit were from the Belfast Free Library’s

archives! Former BFL librarians Betsy Paradis and B.J. Jamieson had searched diligently in years past to

find many items in our archives for the exhibit.

Steve Norman serves as the Minerva consortium representative to and is currently Vice Chair of the Maine

InfoNet Board.

The library worked with RSU 71 to provide extra programs for the students who had new free time on

Friday afternoons due to the weekly early school release on Fridays.

The Belfast Garden Club continues to beautify the plantings around the library. Many, many thanks to the

Belfast Garden Club for the fabulous work they do!

Challenges for the year ahead include, as always, keeping up with the digital world; serving the ever-

changing public; and acting as good caretakers and stewards of our historic library building. The extra

challenge will be figuring out how to provide library service during a pandemic!

Staff: Steve Norman, Director

Erica Rubin Irish, Youth Services Librarian

Sharon Pietryka, Reference & Special Collections Librarian

Brenda Harrington, Adult Services Coordinator

Gail Bryan

Vicky DePersiis Vona

Tiffany Howard Trustees: Kay Zegel, President

Logan Clark Cyndie Martell, Vice President

James Campbell Robert Adler, Treasurer

Kate Harris Robin Kruger, Secretary

Ashleigh Eastham Syrena Gatewood

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Belfast Police Department

Year in review (2019/2020)

By Chief Gerald Lincoln

The Department

With 16 full time officers in our compliment, the Belfast Police Department is responsible for delivering

public safety and law enforcement services to the Belfast Community. Our officers are capable and in tune

with the public they serve. They take their jobs seriously because their jobs are serious. My challenge to

our officers is to maintain a balance of friendly, community-oriented policing, while at the same time being

vigilant with regard to criminal behavior and activity. This is no small task, and not an easy concept. We

must be effective in our efforts to deter criminal conduct, but we can’t assume everyone is a criminal. I’m

pleased with the efforts our officers put into taking care of our community, we’re not perfect, however I see

a continued strong desire by every member of our agency to do the best they can for the people they serve.

In the 2019, our officers responded to almost 7,500 calls for service, in those calls for service were 86

assaults, 49 domestic abuse cases, 91 thefts, 152 disturbance cases, and 335 animal control cases. The rest

of the calls ranged from public assists, burglaries, vandalism, car accidents, etc.

Our K-9 unit responded to 32 calls in this year. Most of these calls were for tracking purposes. Our K-9,

along with its handler, Officer Travis Spencer, are well known in the K-9 community as one of the best K-9

teams in the State. They have racked up an impressive number of tracks and have played a very important

role in making Belfast and the greater Waldo County area a safer place.

Officer Roy Smith, who is our School Resource Officer has been extremely busy in the Belfast Area

School system. While the majority of his time is spent at the Belfast Area High School, he spends a lot of

time at the Middle School and makes time to visit the Belfast Area Elementary Schools. Officer Smith has

become an integral and accepted part of the Belfast School system and is in, I feel, one of the most

important positions in the Police Department. No other Officer in the Department has contact with as many

citizens of our community on a daily basis, than the School Resource Officer.

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Sergeant Dan Thompson, our Department’s Accident Reconstructionist, has reconstructed some very

serious crashes this year for the Belfast Police Department and surrounding agencies. We are fortunate to

have this certification within our agency. With the increase in traffic, we’ve had the unfortunate experience

of multiple serious accidents in the past to include fatalities. The most serious accidents require in depth

investigations and having this capability allows us to conduct a timely, accurate, and essential service to

our community.

One of the ways we are responsive to the needs and expectations of the City of Belfast is through the

willingness of our Officers to take on additional specialties above and beyond what is required of them to

be a Patrol Officer. Some of the specialties include: OUI/Standardized Field Sobriety Tests Trainer, K-9

Officer, Accident Reconstructionist, Polygraph Examiner, Firearms instructors, Field Training Officers,

Emergency Vehicle Operations instructor, Tazer instructor, and MARC (mechanics of arrest restraint and

control) instructor among others. Almost all of our Police officers are trained in mental health crisis

intervention, with the goal of all of them being trained, and many of our officers are trained in Advanced

Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement which is extremely valuable in keeping the roads of Belfast safe.

The special training our officers have received over the last several years relates directly to the service we

provide for this community on a daily basis. I’m confident our Department is moving in a positive


Our efforts have not gone un-noticed, our officers are often asked to assist with training at the Maine

Criminal Justice Academy as instructors where they provide new officers from around the state with

training in Firearms, Mechanics of Arrest and Defensive Tactics, Emergency Vehicle Operations, as well as

Intoxilyzer training. I’m pleased that our officers are sought out to assist with the training of these new

officers. It’s both an honor and a tremendous credit to the quality work and commitment they have for their

profession and to their community.

Of course, no police department is without a support staff. We have three individuals who work for us in

this role. First is Mary-Beth, she is one of the busiest individuals in the agency. Her tasks include, but are

far from limited to, every form of records keeping our agency requires. She documents Uniform Crime

Index (a State/Federal system for recording the types of crimes that occur in our community). Additionally,

she’s responsible for preparing payroll, answering the phone, copying reports for citizens, preparing

documents in compliance with the Freedom of Information Act, and assisting people who walk into the

office. She does all this with a friendly, kind and warm demeanor.

Next is Penney, she’s worked for the Belfast Police Department for over 18 years as a part time

receptionist. Penney brings a strong clerical skill to the equation, and assists in many areas of records

keeping from Parking Tickets to Dog License databases.

Last but not least we have Russ (Parking Enforcement). Russ is tasked with ensuring our parking

ordinances are enforced in the downtown area. Russ makes his job look much easier than it actually is.

Parking tickets are certainly not a favorite thing for people. However, our ordinance and the manner in

which Russ does his job very often result in a positive outcome to the vast majority of people he comes into

contact with.

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2020/2021 Budget Year

In the fiscal year 2020/2021, I have requested a budget that would allow the Department to meet the

expected needs of the City of Belfast in a fiscally responsible and efficient way. While this year is a

challenging year, we have basic needs, of a Department our size, to best provide services the community

expects of it Police Department and I have not requested funding for any new or extraneous items or

ventures, with the exception of necessary accommodations for our female officers. I have only requested

minimal increases to cover contractual and item cost increases from the previous year.

The Future

In my opinion we are situated well in terms of meeting the expectations not only of our community, but

also the changing certification demands that are almost certainly coming our way. The Maine Chiefs of

Police Association approved the accreditation program for police departments throughout the State of

Maine. At this time the accreditation process is still voluntary and there are incentives for compliance such

as an insurance break of 10% through the Maine Municipal Association, however the process will likely

become mandatory in the near future. This accreditation will cost more money to manage for Departments.

Nothing about the accreditation process concerns me in terms of being able to meet the requirements. I’m

confident that our department and the officers who serve our community meet or exceed most all the

components of the process that have to do with the service we provide and the techniques we use to

investigate the variety of calls we respond to. I am concerned that the process will simply require us to

focus much more time and resources toward administrative functions that very few individuals outside the

accreditation process would even be aware of or interested in.

Other mandates I predict will certainly be forthcoming such as e-ticketing, digital report submission, and

other technological advances will further burden tight Law Enforcement budgets in the not so distant


In Closing

It is an enormous honor for me to be the Chief of the Belfast Police Department. In my opinion, I work for

the best community in the State of Maine. I look forward to answering any questions you or the community

may have regarding any aspect of police services.


Chief Gerald Lincoln

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2019 Annual Report

Tax Office

Real Estate Taxes

The tax mil rate increased for the third year in a row, from $22.70 in 2018 to $22.90 for 2019. The interest

rate was set by the City Council at 9%, and increase form 8% in 2018.

On August 21, 2019, a total of $17,383,071.69 was committed to Amy I. Flood by the Assessor, Brent

Martin. On September 17, 2019 a total of $15,649,660.68 was recommitted to Theresa Butler. The

First installment was due 10/10/2019 and the second installment was due 3/03/2020. The foreclosure date

for the 2017 Real Estate Taxes was January 27, 2020, this year there were no Foreclosures. As of

December 31, 2019 there are 131 unpaid 2018 Real Estate Tax accounts

On July 23, 2019, liens were placed on 186 accounts for unpaid 2016 Real Estate Taxes. These liens have

a foreclosure date of January 27, 2021.

Sewer Department

The sewer charges for the first half of 2019 (January – June), were billed in July with a commitment of $

433,325.82 with 1454 accounts in the system. The second half of 2019 (July – December), was billed in

February 2020 with 1451 accounts and a commitment of $498,032.12.

Total charges for the calendar year 2019 were $931,357.94, an increase of $16,804.91.

Airport Hangars

The Tax Office collected $23,609.00 for hangar lease payments.

Motor Vehicles

Excise tax collected for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 was of $1,155,526.94. Agent fees collected were


We are pleased to offer an email reminder for registration renewals. If you have a current email and are

interested in receiving a reminder notice, please stop by or call our office with your registration or Plate #

and we will set that up for you. This notice provides you with the expiration of your registration as well as

the cost for renewal.

We also offer online registrations through the State of Maine through the Rapid Renewal Program, this can

be accessed on the website under “How do I?”, “pay taxes”.

Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

Our office processed 336 boat registrations with $10,854.90 collected in boat excise.

We also issued 121 ATV registrations and 90 snowmobiles.

A total of $1,451.00 was collected in agent fees for the Fish and Wildlife registrations processed.

Respectfully submitted,

Theresa Butler, Tax Collector & Amy I. Flood, BMV Agent & Sewer Clerk

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Mayor Eric Sanders, Belfast City Councilors, Mary Mortier, Neal Harkness, Brenda Bonneville, Mike

Hurley, Paul Dean and City Manager Erin Herbig.

I'm happy to be here to address the 2020/2021 budget for the Belfast Transfer Station. We are a small,

efficient and hard-working crew who run a facility, utilized by a large portion of our community. We

serve not only our citizens, but help with the recycling efforts for Searsport and Swanville as well.

We have a crew of 5 individuals, Steve Roberts, Ron Spear, Peter Baily, Mike Ames and I. In the short

time I've been a part of this team I've been extremely impressed with their dedication to the job.

These people are among the hardest working and most loyal staff I've ever had the pleasure of

working with. Not a single sick day used.

I learned just last week I have to be particularly careful when handling requests for time off with this

crew. Just last weekend Peter Bailey requested Saturday off to spend time with his kids via text

message. I responded "Sure". I actually reflected on the request and thought to myself "I should have

taken more time to spend with my kids back when they were young". I was yet again impressed with

Pete. Saturday morning came and I noticed Pete was at work. I asked him what he was doing there

and Pete said, well you didn't sound real happy that I was taking the day off so I decided to come in. I

felt horrible, and explained to Pete that I was actually thinking I should have taken more time off like

that when I was his age. I assured him that in the future if I said "Sure" when he asked for a day off I

meant it. Pete refused to go home and remained at work for the rest of the day.

I can go on with examples of the impressive work ethic that all of these individuals possess. The ethic

is genuine, it's part of who they are, it's not because they make bundles of money, or because the job

is so glamourous. In fact the job can be down-right disgusting at times, and the money we're paying

our people is a serious issue with me. Peter Baily and Mike Ames are both making Minimum Wage. As

I said before not only have they not called in sick, but they have not failed to do a single thing that's

been asked of them. Keeping in mind the type of service we provide that is impressive in and of itself.

Ron Spears (who's been there for 6 + years) is making a bit more than minimum wage.

Steve Roberts has been with the Belfast Transfer Station since it opened. He shows up 2 hours early to

work every day without fail. If Steve's car isn't in its usual spot when I get to work, I know something

has gone very wrong. I can tell you in 6 months that has happened no more than 2 times. Both times

were extraordinary situations. Steve's depth of knowledge on the workings of this facility are second

to none. Steve is part of the Highway Department bargaining unit. So I can't directly address his

compensation formally until contract negotiations are in place. But if Steve isn't the lowest paid City

Employee with 30+ years on the job I'll be shocked. Steve's hourly pay is under $20.00 per hour.

You'll notice the fact that I chose to start my annual report without mentioning a single word about

the amount of trash that we took in, or the recycling material we processed and shipped out. The fact

is the last 6 months have been quite a challenge. It seems that everything that could go wrong has

gone wrong. The computer we used to manage the book keeping and the cash register crashed. All of

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the information was lost. None of the information was backed up so all of the data for the past 7 years

was lost when the computer crashed. In February our garage door broke in the upright position (as

luck would have it.) The starter on the Forklift went bad, upon further examination the starter was in

need of repair for years and had chewed up the Flywheel, which changed a $1,200.00 job into a

$5,000.00 job. The backhoe has leaking fuel injectors and wore out wheel barring's. 3 of the 4

compactor machines we use to process recyclable materials are 30 or more years of age. Not only are

they wore out, we can't get parts for them anymore. I don't mention these things to complain but

rather to demonstrate the fact that this facility isn't what makes this department successful. Your

facility is wore out by anyone's standards. The success of the Belfast Transfer Station has everything to

do with the people who work there not the machines they use.

I understand this budget has some significant challenges for us all. I feel confident I can squeeze

another year out of what we have here. I predict my building maintenance line is going to be hard to

keep on target for the year simply because it's where all these repairs are going to come from. I can't

predict what part of the worn out system will break next. If I had to guess it would probably be our

compactor where we dispose of our household trash. That machine is used very frequently. It's

working fine now, but like everything we have it's old and it's worn, and extremely expensive to fix.

Beyond that there are a few areas of the operation that I'd like some direction on.

1. Recycling. In the past there were markets for the recycling materials we processed. Right now those

markets have dried up. We used to make good money recycling now we are looking for cost

mitigation. We need to decide at what point do we stop recycling efforts locally and divert the

material to Fiberight? We pay $71.00 per ton to ship to Fiberight. Some of the recycling materials we

handle are costing us over $90.00 a ton to get rid of and an additional $800.00 per load to have

hauled off. And that's before we pay our staff to process the material. I estimate Mixed Plastic and

Mixed Paper are currently costing us about $176.00 per ton to ship out of our facility. We lose money

on these materials, and they are very likely not being recycled. They are most likely being used as


2. Who is allowed to use this facility? I'm not asking this question because of the fact that one of our

citizens decided it was a good idea to yell and swear at me because he noticed a vehicle from New

Hamshire dumping trash at our facility. I'm asking because I need to know if it's okay for people other

than Belfast citizens to dump at our facility. I will say that an awful lot of people who are not from

Belfast use our facility. I'll also say that the disposal of a lot of recycling materials are costing us

money. So even if the people deposit recycling materials they are still costing the Belfast Tax Payer

money. I think the biggest volume of out of town individuals who utilize our facility come from Morrill

and Northport. I would be happy to figure out some workable solution/agreement with each of these

towns if that's something you are interested in exploring.

Currently Swanville and Searsport bring us recycling materials. Because the market has changed so,

they actually pay us to bring that material here for us to process. Unfortunately when individuals from

out of town come to the facility they get to drop off recycling materials for free. Which has a negative

effect on my budget because almost all of the recycling we do costs us money at this time. I can

explain more as to why we should continue to recycle from a fiscal perspective at the meeting.

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In all I suspect our numbers heading into the next fiscal year will be just below projections due to the

fact that so many people utilized the time away from work to clean up yards, basem*nts, garages and

attic spaces that it doesn't seem possible there's any trash left here in Belfast. But I'm sure we will find


I look forward to answering your questions and addressing any concerns you might have with the

budget I've submitted.

Thank you

Mike McFadden.

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Cable TV department review of 2019-2020

The video department found itself dealing with almost double the workload this year, compared to past

years. This was due in part to the addition work to do live remote productions related to the Nordic

Aquafarm hearings as well as the additional meetings and live streaming of committee meetings relating to

the response to Covid-19. The department has produced additional interviews with Councilors Mayor, local

health professionals, business leaders, educational administrators and city department heads to keep the

community informed about how the city is adjusting to the pandemic. These programs have been shared on

social media, posted to the city's website and shown on Belfast Community TV in an effort to reach as

many citizens as possible.

$10,000 dollars has been the annual expense of funding the city's public access channel for several years.

This channel which began operation in 2006 provides 24/7 programming to the community. In May of

2019, the station's offices moved due to a doubling of the rent when ownership of the building changed.

The station has found a new home at the Crosby Center. The station is operated primarily by volunteers.

There is one part time employee, who’s responsible for downloading of programs. Due to budget issues,

that employee has reduced their paid work from 5 to 3 hours per week. And so the weekly expense was

reduced from $50 to $32. The station has assisted community members in producing their own programs,

such as “Good Morning Belfast”. It has loaned equipment and provided production support to individuals

producing documentaries, or recording church services. In fact with the need to eliminate “in person”

church services, the station has taught individuals and clergy how to record services using station

equipment from their homes. Additionally the station has recorded candidate forums, Nordic Aquafarm

presentations, and talks from Bookshops, Historical Societies or city committees. The station receives

support from local businesses such as accounting, computer support, and vehicle maintenance. There is also

some modest financial support from generous donors. The $10,000 covers every expense from rent,

streaming, a Vimeo channel that has over 2000 local programs available for on-demand viewing, part time

employee expenses office expenses, equipment maintenance, production expenses, and equipment

replacement. We struggle to maintain our services to the community with increasing expenses, but to date

have been able to operate with generous volunteer support.

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Dear Belfast Residents,

I am pleased to continue in service to the citizens of Belfast! It is a joy to deliver copies of my Legislative Newsletter

to the town office! You are lucky to have such experienced and friendly staff working on your behalf.

This legislative session took an unusual turn as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the second session of the

Legislature generally runs through mid-April, the Presiding Officers made the decision to end our session on March

17. This was done in an effort to adhere to the Center for Disease Control’s social distancing guidelines and to keep

staff, constituents and our communities safe.

Before adjourning, my colleagues and I passed emergency legislation to help Mainers through the evolving COVID-

19 crisis. Among other things, we included provisions to temporarily expand unemployment insurance benefits;

empower the state Department of Education to waive certain school-day requirements and ensure students continue

to receive needed meals while schools were closed; allow remote participation in municipal meetings; establish a

consumer loan guarantee program to help eligible Mainers access low- or no-interest loans; and authorize the

Governor to prohibit utilities from terminating residential electric and water service during this period. We

additionally designated at least $11 million in state funding to further respond to COVID-19. While I am no longer

in Augusta, I remain in close contact with the administration and am working to provide relief for our community.

In addition to our COVID-19 efforts, the Legislature passed a $73 million supplemental budget that raised rates for

direct health care providers, increased the state’s pre-k-12 education contribution by $38 million, and more, all while

adding another $17.4 million to the “Rainy Day Fund.” We also passed a bond in the amount of $105 million for

transportation needs and $15 million for broadband access.

On top of these critical actions, we achieved some big successes this session. We passed an affordable housing tax

credit that will help us build 1,000 more affordable housing units over the next eight years. We put new safeguards in

place to prevent tragedies like last year’s devastating explosion in Farmington. And we passed a package of health

care bills aimed at driving down costs and increasing accessibility for all Mainers.

There is certainly more we’d like to do, but until then, I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish for

Maine people. Please contact me if I can be of any help to you and your family, or if you want to discuss any

legislation. I fully welcome your questions and feedback. Respectfully,

Janice Dodge, State Representative

Janice Dodge

17 Vine St

Belfast, ME 04915

Phone: (207) 338-1626 [emailprotected]


AUGUSTA, MAINE 04333-0002

(207) 287-1400


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