SHIP grant, FY15 budget discussed by selectmen
Lincolnville — Town Administrator David Kinney told selectmen Monday, Feb. 24, that the Small Harbors Improvement Program grant recently awarded to the town by the state Department of Transportation (DOT) would not be available until additional state bonds are sold.
As of Friday, Feb. 28, Kinney said he had heard from DOT that the grant would not be delayed. The town was awarded a $106,000 grant for half the cost of replacing two of the three sections of the wave screen at Lincolnville Beach.
Most of the meeting was devoted to reviewing the town's draft budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Though comments on the budget from the public had a place on the agenda, no one came to the meeting, so selectmen went ahead with their own discussion.
The draft budget proposed a total spending increase of 12.5 percent over last year, and projected a 4 percent increase in revenue offsets, including taxes, state revenue-sharing and other items.
Selectmen considered reducing several items in the draft budget, including the code enforcement officer's salary, Route 1 sidewalk and parking snow removal at Lincolnville Beach, and grants to provider agencies.
Kinney was asked to investigate what arrangements other area towns have for receiving code enforcement services. The Board cut the $8,250 allocated for sidewalk and parking snow removal, but agreed to pay $3,000 toward that costs if Beach business owners would pay a comparable amount. They also decided to recommend funding most provider agencies at the half the level recommended by the Budget Committee.
In other business, the Board heard from Shane LaPrade, chairman of the Harbor Committee, who said the committee wanted to make the harbor more accessible and more financially viable. He asked for the Board's direction about where to start on a previously drawn up list of priorities, and was told to start by developing a capital improvement plan to protect the harbor's existing assets.
Sarah E. Reynolds is copy editor for the Courier Gazette and Camden Herald.
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