Commissioners Agenda
Wednesday November 5, 2014 Workshop 3:00PM Meeting 3:30 PM
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Somerset County FY 2015 Budget

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Somerset County 2014 Budget Committee Members

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     Somerset County is the 3rd largest county in the State of Maine in geographic land area and contains the 9th largest in population. The Kennebec River, one of the largest Maine river tributaries flows from North to South through the county and is used for commercial as well as recreational purposes. Somerset County also contains major ground transportation routes that support heavy commercial, tourist, and residential use.

     Somerset County is the gateway to the mountains, lakes, rivers and forests of western Maine. Maine's four seasons offer opportunities to experience skiing, fishing, white water rafting, hiking, snowmobiling and many other outdoor activities. The Kennebec and Moose River travel ways, embraced by lakes and forest, are rich in history, culture and natural beauty. These travel ways lead to spectacular waterfalls, scenic hikes along the Appalachian Trail and East Coast Greenway, tours of historic districts, forts and museums, four seasons of festivals and fairs and the adventure of whitewater rafting, snowmobiling and sport fishing.

     The region's history spans 12,000 years of Native American habitation, including the Abenaki mission site associated with Father Sebastian Rasle at what is now Old Point in Madison and the Pilgrim Fur Trading Post site on the east bank of the Kennebec River in Augusta where beaver and other pelt were exchanged for European trade goods.

     Benedict Arnold followed the Kennebec River north on his ill-fated attempt to capture Canada in 1775. Thousands and thousands of Irish and French Canadians used the Old Canada Road (now a scenic byway) section of Route 201 during the 19th century to find seasonal or project employment and later to make the Kennebec Valley region their home. And until the 1970's, as many as 4,000 cords of wood at a time would be floated in great drives down the Kennebec from the northern forests to the saw mills down river.

     Maine Route 201 is a route of vehicle and commercial transportation that stretches from the United States and Canadian border crossing site near Jackman on Route 201 to the I-95 Connector in Fairfield, the most southern community. This route carries heavy tourist traffic from the Quebec Province in Canada as well as heavy commercial transportation of manufactured products to New England and Southern States.

     U.S. Route 2 traverses Somerset County, which serves as the major East-West Connector Route from the I-95 Connector in Newport/Palmyra through to the White Mountains in New Hampshire and points beyond to Vermont, Up-State New York, and the Province of Ontario, Canada. Commercial, tourist, residential and much Canadian traffic also travels this route from New Brunswick, Canada to Western Canadian Provinces.

     There are 33 Communities, as well as 82 Unorganized Territories in Somerset County that offer the tranquility of a rural lifestyle coupled with many of the amenities of a more suburban setting in our four largest communities.

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Discover the Maine Outdoors with North Country Rivers. Offering Maine Outdoor Adventure Vacations since 1983. White Water Rafting (Apr-Oct); ATV Tours & Rentals (May-Nov); Moose Safari Tours (May-Oct); Snowmobile Tours & Rentals (Jan-Mar); Hiking, Biking & Kayaking (Apr-Oct); Deluxe Waterfront Cabin Rentals (Year Round); RV & Tent Camping (Apr-Nov); Restaurant & Pub. Click to visit Grassland Farm
Grassland Farm is a family farm producing a diverse array of certified organic products. We milk a mixed herd of 40 cows and pasture-raise beef. We grow 3 acres of mixed veggies, pastured broiler chickens, and laying hens. Our products are available at the Skowhegan Farmers’ Market as well as through health food stores and other farmers’ markets in Central Maine. Click to visit Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce
The SACC represents the member businesses in the eleven communities it serves in lower Somerset County.  We focus on networking, advocacy, tourism and business development to enhance the economic outlook of our region.  We are responsible for several key community events throughout the year and are known as a key stop for travellers and business owners, to find out what is happening throughout Somerset County.  We are the front door to the community. Click to visit Main Street Skowhegan
Main Street Skowhegan is a volunteer-based downtown revitalization agency, seeking to make downtown Skowhegan a great place to live, work, and recreate. We produce special events, enhance amenities, and help businesses thrive in downtown. Click to visit Maine Behavioral Health Organization
Our mission is to provide evidence-based services leading to increased quality of life through research, advocacy, education, operated services, and participation in public behavioral health policy design. We were incorporated as a non-profit organization in March 2011 and received our state license to provide mental health services the following month. MBHO became officially recognized as  a 501(c)3 organization by the IRS in June of 2013.  We currently have contracts with the State of Maine to provide services across the State. In addition, we have received our Employee Assistance Program and substance abuse licenses. Our med clinic in Skowhegan provides medication management services.  We look forward to continuing our work to make our community better.
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