Commissioners Agenda
Wednesday March 4, 2015 Workshop 3:00 PM Meeting 3:30 PM
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Somerset County FY 2015 Budget

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Somerset County 2015 Budget Committee Members

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RFP Management & Operation of the Rockwood Transfer Station
The Somerset County Commissioners are Requesting bid Proposals for the Management and Operations of the Rockwood Area Transfer Station.
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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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Click to visit Kennebec Riverside Cabins
Spend your next vacation on the doorstep to the Maine wilderness. Go rafting, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking, ATVing, fishing, hunting, rock climbing, or just enjoy the scenic view from your private deck.  A short walk or drive takes you to the rafting outfitters, general store, restaurants, and pubs. Each cabin sits high on the water’s edge, just below the confluence of the Kennebec and Dead Rivers where you can watch the boats float by, the fishermen cast a fly, or the eagles soar! Click to visit Warren's Office Supplies/The PaperKlip
Warren's/The PaperKlip is a family owned and operated office products company.  Our product offering includes office furniture, ink/toner, cleaning and breakroom supplies.  We are an authorized Keurig dealer.  Our retail store has a full service copy center and office furniture showroom.  Next day delivery throughout Maine. Click to visit Historic Pittston Farm
We are a unique historic facility like on other, at such a remote location, surrounded by over 393,000 acres of wilderness adventure!  Our lodge an restaurant, a green certified facility, is open year round as a recreation destination for all outdoor fun including:  birding, fishing (Native Brook Trout), snowmobiling, ATVing, hunting, swimming, horseback riding, group retreats, weddings, photography, hiking, wildlife viewing, canoeing, kayaking, white water rafting, and a Logging History  Museum. Amenities Include: home-cooked food from scratch, 30 rooms, WI-FI, Satellite TV, private baths.
We are your home in the North Maine Woods!
Click to visit Breezy Acres Camps & Guide Service
Breezy Acres Camps & Guide Service is a year round family owned business that is built on customer satisfaction. Our cabins are set up for housekeeping with full kitchens, shower, several bedrooms, WI-FI, TV and DVD players.
We have 5 cabins in Solon that sleep from 2 to 20 with an additional 2 cabins in Eustis that can each sleep up to 10. 
We have direct access to both snowmobile and ATV trails from your cabins. 
Whether you enjoy fishing, hunting, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, skiing, hiking or just a place to relax we will do our best to accommodate you. 
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.
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