Long Pond Guidelines
GUIDELINES FOR LONG POND OWNERS, FAMILIES, AND GUESTS
To ensure Long Pond is a safe, peaceful and relaxing place, these Guidelines were approved at the 7/1/2000 Long Pond Association meeting and are updated as needed. When planning activities, please remember Long Pond is enjoyed for fishing, boating, water skiing and other family fun, but also for those who appreciate its quiet & solitude.
If you have guests or your cottage is rented, please have this pamphlet available for their use.
The Association meets in July and August at the West End House Camp. Yearly dues are collected.
Web Site: http://www.longpondassociation.info/
SPEED LIMIT: The speed limit on our private roads around Long Pond shall be a maximum of 10 MPH. (Adopted 7/5/03)
RV’s & DIRT BIKES: Owners are required to observe the posted speed limit and No Trespassing signs on our private roads. Riding on town/state roads is illegal unless the vehicle is registered. State law requires permission from land owners when crossing private land.
WATER CRAFT: State laws require power boats and personal watercraft to: “be 200’ from shore, give a wide berth to rowboats, canoes, kayaks and sailboats, avoid water safety zones (bathing areas), maintain reasonable speed, avoid water fowl and refrain from prolonged circling, racing, wake jumping or other repetitive activities that may harass others.” Dial 911 & ask for the Maine Warden Service when you observe illegal behavior.
BOATING SAFETY: State laws require life vests worn or floatation devices accessible and an observer is required when towing rafts & water skiers. It is suggested a boat accompany when swimming in the middle of the pond.
INVASIVE PLANTS: The “Milfoil Sticker Law” requires boaters to purchase this sticker and thoroughly clean all vegetation from their boat, motor & trailer before and after launching. Discard vegetation into a trash bag, not at the water’s edge. Questions? Contact DEP (1-800-452-1942) or Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (287-8000).
COURTESY BOAT INSPECTION (CBI): The Long Pond Association and the Town of Parsonsfield fund a CBI Program @ the boat ramp. CBIs are there on weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
NOISE: Be considerate of your neighbors, especially after 10:00PM. Parsonsfield has a noise ordinance regarding dogs barking for prolonged periods during the day and @ night.
LEASH LAW: The Town of Parsonsfield has a leash law. Pets should be under your control at all times. Clean up after your pet. Questions? Call Animal Control Officer, Rick Guilbault (256-2296) or email email@example.com
YARD LIGHTS: Be considerate of your neighbors’ comfort when illuminating your property or shorefront for an extensive amount of time.
TRASH: Trash is collected from your curb beginning the Friday after Memorial Day and ending the Friday before Columbus Day. Trash should out by 6:00AM. Weekenders should use trash cans with a secure lid since pick-up won’t be until Friday. Unsecured plastic bags can be torn open by wildlife resulting in unsightly trash scattered in front of your cottage. The rest of the year, trash must be placed on either Pendexter Rd. or Road Between The Ponds.
RECYCLING: Parsonsfield has a mandatory recycling ordinance with curbside pick-up the 1st & 3rd Fridays (not every other Friday) beginning the Friday after Memorial Day and ending the Friday before Columbus Day. The rest of the year, recycling must be placed on either Pendexter Rd. or Road Between The Ponds. A $2 recycling sticker may be purchased @ the Town Office and can be put on any container you wish to use for recycling. Please cover the bin if raining, do not put recycling in a plastic trash bag as Ecomaine no longer recycles plastic bags. Styrofoam cannot be recycled. Additional recycling information is at the Town Office or by calling (625-4558).
OLD ELECTRONICS: By law, towns must sponsor a FREE yearly electronics recycling program. Check with the Town Office for details.
E-COLI: Occasionally Association members test for e-coli during the summer and the results are reported @ our meetings. Do not feed ducks or geese and remind your guests as well. Allow them to forage for themselves and eat naturally. Fecal waste may cause
BATHING IN THE POND: DEP laws prohibit soaping/shampooing of people or animals in ponds and lakes.
SEPTIC SYSTEMS: Owners should ensure that their septic system is working property and their septic tank is pumped regularly. DEP suggests every 4-6 years depending on the number of people in your cottage.
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS: Use extreme caution when using these products near the water: motor oil, Cuprinol, creosote, gasoline, pesticides, herbicide & anti-freeze to winterize cabins.
LITTER: Please pick up litter floating in the pond, on the shore and on our roads. Keep Long Pond Beautiful!
VEGETATION REMOVAL & SAND/FILL BROUGHT IN: Trees, bushes and vegetation cannot be removed and sand/fill may not be brought in within 100' of the high water mark. Questions? Contact Parsonsfield’s Code Enforcement Officer @ (625-4558).
PERMITS: Shoreland Zoning Laws require a permit for ANY changes or alterations to your property within 100' of high water mark and sometimes beyond 100’. This includes new construction, updates to your cottage, property and septic system, and the initial installation of a dock. Contact Code Enforcement Officer. (See above)
DOCKS: State Law requires docks be removed by November 1st.
FIRES: Open fires or burning brush must have a burn permit. Contact Parsonsfield Fire Warden, Tim Greene (625-4486). No permit is needed for cooking on an open fire.
LOOK OUT FOR YOUR NEIGHBORS: Long Pond participates in the Crime Watch Program. To report suspicious activity email the Town of Parsonsfield’s Deputy Sheriff Darren Cyr firstname.lastname@example.org or call him (207-324-1113) or call the Maine State Police (800-482-0730)
PRIVATE PROPERTY: Be respectful of posted signs. Ask permission before gaining access.
LONG POND SWIMMING BEACH: The swimming beach is owned by the West End House Camp. They allow the public to use it. Please observe all posted regulations.
Guidelines updated: 8/03, 7/04, 7/05, 6/06, 7/07, 8/08, 4/09, 5/10, 7/12, 5/14, 10/16