Recognition of Sandy Shaw (9/15/17)
The City of Saco cordially invites everyone to Riverfront Park on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 for an 11:00 a.m. Tree Planting in recognition and honor of Sandy Shaw and her 30+ years of service and value to the City of Saco. Sandy’s years of contributions include participating on the Conservation Committee, serving on the Planning Board and Comprehensive Plan Committee, and generally for being a wonderfully kind and generous guiding light in the community. For those interested in attending this momentous occasion, please allow yourselves to arrive for the 11:00 a.m. planting a few minutes early. Riverfront Park is located on Front Street in Saco on the riverside, just past the railroad overpass.
The Mayor and City Council would also like to recognize Sandy Shaw’s contributions to the City of Saco at the City Council Meeting held on October 2nd, 2017 in the Saco City Hall Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.
Please click here to watch the tree planting ceremony.
On July 25th, the MaineDOT, Bicycle Coalition of Maine, and the City of Saco held a public meeting as part of a state-wide effort to address the recent spike in pedestrian/vehicle crashes in Maine. There was a great turnout and a lot of participation! At this meeting, the attendees identified intersections or roads that they felt were the most problematic or dangerous for pedestrians. The locations that the majority of participants identified are the intersection of Jenkins Road and Buxton Road, the intersection of King Street and Route 1, and insufficient crosswalks and sidewalks on the Ferry Road.
Additional data will be compiled from the sheets the participants completed to give us a better picture of the areas that we will need to work together to address in the future. The MaineDOT, Bicycle Coalition of Maine, and the City of Saco will be using the information gathered as the first step in a multi-step process. The next steps involve site visits to these locations, conducting feasibility assessments, and developing mitigation plans.
To view the presentation from this meeting, please click here.
Saco Police Department's Citizen Police Academy
The Saco Police Department is pleased to announce it will be holding its seventh annual Citizen Police Academy. The Citizen Police Academy will begin on February 22, 2017 and run for nine weeks.
Please click here to view the press release.
Biddeford and Saco Meeting - Joint Press Release
On Tuesday evening, January 31st, the cities of Biddeford and Saco jointly held a public meeting to collectively discuss ways we could work collaboratively with a particular focus on our downtowns. Special invitations were extended to both cities’ Mayors, City Councils, Planning Board members, Comprehensive Plan members, and other downtown groups. An important part of the recurring joint meetings is to rotate the meeting locations between the two communities in various locations besides the two city halls. This meeting was held at the People’s Choice Credit Union located on the Industrial Park Road in Saco.
While the meeting was successful on many fronts, the meeting location did have one unexpected challenge as the facility, for security reasons, did not have an exterior door that remained unlocked. The elevator required a key card to gain to access the meeting room on the third floor. We were not made aware of this until the night of the meeting. The meeting began with a social and networking period at 5:30 PM which was followed by the official meeting beginning at 6:00 PM. Arrangements were made to have a staff member at the exterior door and elevator until 6:15 PM. After that time, the person left to participate in the meeting, leaving the facility inaccessible by anyone who arrived after 6:15 PM.
Unfortunately, we are aware of one person who arrived later than 6:15 PM who therefore was not able to attend the meeting. As the chief administrative officers for the two cities, we solely are responsible for the decisions that were made regarding the facility. We sincerely apologize for the impact that decision has had on that resident and any others we may not be aware of who were unable to attend. At the core of our foundation is the belief in the public’s right to know, participate, and be informed about their government. We sincerely apologize to the residents of both communities. We will make every effort going forward to ensure and increase accessibility to the meetings. We hope this incident has not discouraged future civic engagement.Please click here to view the full press release
Police Department Community BBQ and Open House
Press Release from Police Department
The Saco Police hosted a community BBQ and open house on Saturday, August 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the police department located at 20 Storer Street in Saco.
Route 112 Rumble Strips
On August 3rd, the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) held a Public Hearing/Informational Meeting to discuss one of their summer projects: installation of Rumble Strips on Route 112 in Saco from the Louden Road to the intersection of Route 117.
Medical Marijuana Caregivers
The City of Saco does not intend to regulate individual medical marijuana caregivers, only commercial businesses. See press release for more information.
City Hall in Your Neighborhood Series
You can view the "City Hall in Your Neighborhood" presentations for the Ferry Beach and Route 112 Areas here.
Lightning and Lightning Safety Series
The National Weather Service has created a five-part series about safety during lightning storms. With the summer storm season upon us, this is great information. You can see the entire series by following this link.
Goosefare Brook Watershed Plan
The final version of the Goosefare Brook Watershed Plan is now available in the archives section. See the Goosefare Brook page.
Natural Gas Expansion in Saco
Unitil is expanding its pipeline to provide natural gas access to approximately 1,000 additional homes and businesses for the first time. To learn more about the project and to see a map of where the expansion will be happening, go to the Unitil website.
Next Steps for Saco River Dredge
A draft of the Environmental Assessment Finding of No Significant Impact report is available for download.
Call for Photos!
The City of Saco is excited to announce we are developing a new municipal website and as part of our journey, we are inviting the citizens of Saco to share photos with us that best represent Saco - favorite places, historical moments, seasonal splendor, community events, and more!
New City Council Meeting and Workshop Schedule
Beginning January 4, 2016, the City Council will hold regular meetings on the first and third Mondays of the month beginning at 6:30 p.m. and workshop meetings on the second Monday of the month beginning at 6 p.m.
Conservation Commission seeking members
Saco's Conservation Commission is seeking members. The commission works to preserve and enhance the natural resources of the City of Saco and acts as an advisory body to the Planning Board and City Council.
City Council Meetings
City Council meetings can now be viewed live via this website.
During the summer of 2013, volunteers for the Maine Butterfly Survey surveyed the butterfly population at the former city landfill on Foss Road. Found 47 species of butterflies. You can download the full report here.
Maine Water Company to bill for city sewer services
As of December 9, 2014, Maine Water Company will be responsible for billing, cash receipts and customer service for the City of Saco’s Water Resource Recovery Division.
Saco Embarks on Ambitious Visioning Effort
The city of Saco has launched Bridge:2025, a ten-year visioning effort built around a simple question: What do we want the city of Saco to be by the year 2025?
Community facilitators available
Recent graduates of the Maine Cooperative Extension training series Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills are available to offer facilitation services to local groups in Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach and surrounding communities.
Video of June 9 City Council budget meeting
You may watch the video of the June 9 city council meeting regarding the 2014-2015 budget by following the link above.
Mainers Encouraged to Purchase Flood Insurance
If your home or business is located near a water body, the Maine Floodplain Management Program encourages you to purchase flood insurance to protect your investment. Standard home- and business-owners' insurance policies do not cover flood-related damages.
City employees honored for service
Several city employees have been honored recently for their long years of service to the citizens of Saco, including City Clerk Michele Hughes, Water Resource and Recovery Division employee Sue Sexton and Sgt. Corey Huntress. Follow this link to read more.
A letter from York County Community Action
The board of directors at York County Community Action Corporation has sent a letter to all York County residents regarding its decision to withdraw from the non-emergency medical transportation system for MaineCare members. You can download and read the full letter.
Economic Development site
The Economic Development Department has an expanded online presence that includes a blog, as well as a repository of information about the city and development opportunities. See the new site.
Dyer Library receives $50,000 grant for roof
The Dyer Library has received a $50,000 grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation to help replace the roof on their building.
Camp Ellis: Draft Feasibility Study and Environmental Assessment
This examines alternatives to prevent and mitigate for erosion along Camp Ellis Beach resulting from the Saco River Federal navigation project. The latest report from the Army Corps of Engineers is available in the Camp Ellis section of the web site.