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News Releases

News Releases

River Bend Farm Project Community Meeting
The Ecology School (TES) invites all interested Saco citizens to attend the River Bend Farm Project Community Meeting on Tuesday, April 10th from 6:30-7:30pm at the Saco City Hall auditorium. The meeting will be moderated by Craig Freshley of Good Group Decisions and the farmyard site design plans will be shared as part of the planning board process.

Coastal Storm Information (03/01/2018)
Saco’s Emergency Management team will continue to monitor the anticipated coastal storm for Friday into Saturday. There is the potential for flooding and possible power outages due to high wind gusts. Power outage preparation tips are available on the Ready.Gov website that may be helpful as you prepare for this storm.

During prolonged power outages, the Saco Transportation Center, located at 138 Main Street, is available from 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM as a great location to keep warm, charge electronic devices, and use the restroom. 

Saco Police Department to Hold Citizen Police Academy
Saco, Maine - The Saco Police Department is pleased to announce it will be holding its eighth annual Citizen Police Academy. The Citizen Police Academy will begin on February 21, 2018 and run for nine weeks.
Full Press Release

Cold Weather Safety Tips (12/28/17)
As temperatures drop this winter, here are some safety tips to help stay safe and warm during the cold weather.
Cold Weather Safety Tips from the Emergency Management Department

IRS Advisory: Prepaid Real Property Taxes May Be Deductible in 2017 if Assessed and Paid in 2017
We have received several inquiries regarding the prepayment of property taxes. Our employees are unable to offer any accounting, tax, or legal advice. Please contact your individual tax or legal advisors on questions relating to the prepayment of unbilled taxes for fiscal year 2018. Here is a link to the IRS website and an article from the Washington Post for additional information. As a friendly reminder, property taxes are still tax deductible up to $10,000.

City of Saco Hires Parks and Recreation Director (12/22/17)
The City of Saco is pleased to announce its recent hire of Ryan Sommer, who will join the Saco Parks and Recreation team as Director in mid-January, pending City Council confirmation on January 2nd. 
Full press release

City of Saco Partners with Nancy Marshall Communications for Public Relations and Marketing Strategy
Following an RFQP process, Nancy Marshall Communications is pleased to announce it has been selected as the agency of record for the city of Saco, one of Maine's fastest growing cities. NMC will work closely with the city's leadership to create a Marshall Plan®, the agency's trademarked marketing communications plan. 
Full press release

Saco Island Development 
An agreement has been reached between J & B Partners, owners of land on Saco Island, and the City of Saco which will resolve the notice of violation and Stop Work Order issued by the City of Saco due to the tree cutting that occurred on December 1st.  It was alleged by the City that the tree cutting operation had violated the terms of the City’s Shoreland Zoning standards.
Full press release 

Socks for Seniors

Socks for Seniors LogoA non-profit community service project to help senior citizens keep their feet warm this winter.

Help us bring holiday cheer along with a pair of new socks to warm the hearts and cover the cold feet of our elderly seniors. Donations can be dropped off in the lobby of Saco Police Department, Saco City Hall or Saco Parks and Recreation Department.  Last year, Socks For Seniors Saco collected 449 new pairs of socks, exceeding what police department staff thought they would be able to collect.  The socks collected are distributed to many local organizations including: Maine Veterans’ Home in Scarborough, Evergreen Manor, Lord Pepperell Apartments, the Paul Hazelton House and the Huot Home for homeless veterans.

Socks will be collected now thru December 20 and will be delivered in time for Christmas. 

FMI contact Lori Angis at Saco PD at 207-282-8214 or via email. 

Election Results

Please click here to view the November 7, 2017 Election Results. 

Historic Preservation Commission Lecture Series

Saco's Historic Preservation Commission has organized a lecture series called Preserving the Built History of Saco and Biddeford: A series of lectures and workshops for residents, owners, and appreciators of historic properties. 

Please click here for the flyer 

November 9th Coffee with a Cop

The Saco Police Department hosted coffee and conversation onThursday, November 9th from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM at Cia Cafe on Beach Street in Saco. This event was a great success and we will look to plan more of these community policing events in the future. 


November 7th Election 

During the fiscal year 2018 budget process, the City Council directed the Capital Planning Committee to craft bond questions to respond to immediate public infrastructure and facility needs but also lessen the burden on the general fund and ultimately the tax payer. Three bond questions were approved by the City Council to be voted on by the community in the upcoming November 7th election. 
For information about the municipal referendum questions, please click here
For information about Election Day, Voter Registration, and Absentee Ballots, please click here or contact the City Clerk's Office at (207)284-4831. 

Trick-or-Treating in Saco (10/31/17)

We have received a lot of questions about trick-or-treating given the conditions of many streets and the fact that many still do not have power.

If you decide to bring your children trick-or-treating tonight, please follow these safety tips.

  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Drivers please drive slowly and cautiously.
  • Do not trick-or-treat on streets without power.
  • Be cautious of downed trees, debris, and power lines. Make sure children stay away from downed trees, debris, and power lines. Our Public Works and emergency response crews are working hard to mark many of these hazards in popular trick-or-treating neighborhoods, but they will not be able to mark everything.
  • Carry flashlights and wear reflective/illuminating clothing or devices. 
  • Stay in groups whenever possible. 

Storm Response (10/30/17)
Last night’s storm has caused widespread damage and has left more than half of the Central Maine Power Company customers in Saco without power. Undoubtedly this will cause a significant inconvenience for many Saco residents. At this time, the Saco Transportation Center will be available to residents as a place to keep warm, charge your electronic devices, and use the restrooms. The Transportation Center, located at 138 Main Street, will be open until 9:00 PM tonight and will re-open again at 7:00 AM tomorrow morning. 

The Sanford Memorial Gym on 890 Main St in Sanford will be open on 11/1/17 from 8pm - 8am on 11/2 for any York County resident.  Please bring your own bedding.  If there are questions feel free to call Sanford Regional Communication at 324-3644. 

The number of residents without power in York County (and across the state) is being compared to the impacts of the Ice Storm of ’98. Recovery efforts are expected to take several days.

Our dispatchers, first responders, and public works crews have worked tirelessly to answer calls regarding fallen power lines and trees, and to safely clear the roadways. At this time, we are working to ensure that all roads are accessible for emergency response vehicles. We appreciate your patience as the cleanup continues. Please be aware that our crews are unable to perform work around power lines and this must be handled by CMP directly. Please contact CMP at 1-800-696-1000 regarding any power outages and call 911 if you see downed power lines or experience an emergency.

Residents are urged to use extreme caution and to exercise basic safety practices as they cleanup from the storm. Please follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper use of chainsaws, portable generators, and be mindful to protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Saco residents, be safe, be cautious, and we will get through this! 

For anyone who needs water, a public water spigot has been turned on across from the Way Way Store on Route 112. You will need to bring your own water containers. Thank you!

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. 

Saco Pedestrian Forum
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.

Butterfly Survey
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.