Letter to the editor: Michael Hall

Asking Thomaston citizens to vote yes on on Town Meeting Article 3

Sat, 09/05/2020 - 5:15pm

Over the last four years we have been transparent as we have worked with the Citizens of Thomaston, Village Cemetery Trustees, Select Board, and Planning Board to lease land in the Village Cemetery to build and operate Midcoast Crematory, Inc.  In June 2017 the town citizens voted in favor to change the zoning in the Village Cemetery to allow a crematory as a conditional use in the cemetery. 

In March 2019 the Select Board and Village Cemetery Trustees chose 32 Anna Belle Lane in the Village Cemetery for the crematory to be placed.  In June 2019 at the Annual Town Meeting, the town citizens voted overwhelmingly in favor to allow the Select Board to accept bids and to negotiate a lease for the proposed crematory.  In January 2020 the Select Board accepted the Midcoast Crematory, Inc. bid to lease the land at 32 Anna Belle Lane for the crematory building, and has asked the town citizens to accept this bid by voting YES on Article 3 on September 15, 2020.

The Hall Family has cared for the families of Midcoast Maine for more than 60 years with dignity and trust.  We have continued to evolve our business to meet the needs and wants of the families we have been privileged to serve over the years.  The most significant change we have seen has been the increase in families choosing cremation.  Twenty five years ago, 30% of the families we served chose cremation.  Today, 70% of the families we serve choose cremation.  As you can see cremation has become a larger, natural extension of the services we provide.  We would like to provide this cremation service with the experience, care, and skill of Hall Funeral Home’s team through our new service, Midcoast Crematory, Inc.

We have been transparent through the whole process.  Some people have questions about air quality.

Here are the facts, not opinions.  The equipment that will be used is (UL) Listed which means it meets specific, defined requirements based on UL’s published and nationally recognized Standards for Safety.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not regulate crematories.  Under the Clean Air Act, The U.S. EPA reviewed and updated national air quality standards including crematories.  The review considered all possible pollutants, and as a result crematories are not considered for any regulation.  The Maine Department of Environmental Protection requires an Air Quality Permit which Midcoast Crematory, Inc. has applied for and has been granted a permit to operate an environmentally safe crematory in the Village Cemetery. 

The Hall Family has been working hard over the last four years in an effort to bring a local service to the citizens of Thomaston.  The town of Thomaston will  receive revenue from the crematory lease and real estate taxes from the building which will help support the Village Cemetery and help citizens by lowering taxes.  The citizens of Thomaston will also benefit from a local service provided by a local family.  

The Hall Family have been good neighbors in Thomaston and will continue that relationship moving forward. 

We will be hosting an open house on September 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Hall Funeral Home, 78 Main Street, Thomaston to answer any questions to help you make an informed decision when you vote.  Please feel free to call 354-6475 with any questions.

We ask that you support us by voting YES on Article 3 on September 15, 2020. 

The Thomaston Select Board, and Village Cemetery Board of Trustees recommends passage of Article 3 in the Thomaston Town Warrant. The Thomaston Planning Board at it’s June 16, 2020 meeting approved the conditional use and site plan review for the Midcoast Crematory. 

Michael J. Hall is the owner of Hall Funeral Home/Midcoast Crematory, Inc., in Thomaston