Commissioners Agenda
Wednesday April 29, 2015 Workshop 2:00 PM Meeting 2:30 PM
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Somerset County FY 2015 Budget

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Somerset County 2015 Budget Committee Members

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Special Meeting
Somerset County Commissioners will be holding a Special Meeting on Tuesday April 28, 2015 starting @ 9:00 AM to review Departmental Budgets
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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.

Featured Businesses & Organizations
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Click to visit Northland Hotel & Bar
The Northland Hotel offers cheap and very affordable rooms, plus a bar that is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year!  Bar Hours are 11:30 am to 1:00 am, featuring 5 lighted horseshoe pits, 2 pool tables, darts, juke box, plus 8 Sports TV's!! 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 Savings Bank
Skowhegan Savings, founded in 1869, is an independent mutual savings bank dedicated to strengthening the Maine families, businesses and communities it serves. Named as one of Maine's Best Places to Work in 2009 and 2010, Skowhegan Savings delivers personalized and competitive banking services with integrity; their team of committed, friendly employees put the needs of customers first. An innovative and progressive approach to banking ensures a banking experience that is quick, easy and convenient. Skowhegan Savings' ten Maine branches include two locations in Skowhegan, as well as locations in Belgrade, Bingham, Dexter, Fairfield, Jackman, Madison, Norridgewock, and Pittsfield.
Click to visit Maine Fire Equipment Co., Inc.
Safety First- We offer products and services to make your home and business a safer place. Our primary focus is on-site fire extinguisher inspection and recharging. We offer traditional firefighting equipment as well as home safety products in our shop. We have a full embroidery shop and sell all types of clothing including shirts, hats, jackets and uniforms. Remember… Fire does not discriminate, it can happen to you. Don't be caught unprepared. Click to visit Lakewood Inn Restaurant
Enjoy fine dining before the show! Our menu allows us to take full advantage of the offerings of local suppliers, whether we find them at farmer's markets, through regional co-ops or by visiting the farms themselves. As the season progresses, some foods come into and go out of season. Changing our menu lets us take advantage of the shifting growing season, allowing us to bring the freshest goods to our table and to keep the dining experience new and exciting for those looking to repeatedly experience all that Lakewood has to offer.
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