CAMDEN — Town Manager Audra Caler told the Select Board Tuesday, Jan. 11 the town should bring in a consultant to help implement recommendations in the Megunticook River Feasibility Report.

The town staff is small, and an expert is needed to devote the time needed to the project. She said this consultant could also help with the public engagement piece of the project.

Board Vice Chair Alison McKellar asked what Caler meant by “implementation.” Caler said the recommendations in the report are broad and affect the watershed for the entire Camden area. She said the consultant could identify more specific recommendations for addressing the issues that could go to the board and eventually the voters.

Board member Sophie Romana said she thought that was a smart idea and it would move the process along.

Caler said the town would receive $500,000 in federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act, and that money could be used for “green” and stormwater projects such as this one.

“The river is the biggest piece of stormwater infrastructure in town,” she said.

Bernice Berger, of Camden, told the board before it spends a lot of time, energy, and money, it needs to get public input to see if the citizens will buy into the project. “Many of us say this can’t happen,” she said.

Caler said the stormwater management issue has to be addressed.

“We can’t turn a blind eye to it because it’s controversial,” she said.

The town manager also said she is not a marketing expert and will need the help to educate the public about the issue.

The board did not vote on the issue but reached a consensus in giving Caler the green light to look into hiring a consultant.

In other business, the board approved $55,000 to repair a grooming machine for the Snow Bowl.

The board also approved closing Atlantic Ave. Feb. 5 for Winterfest.

The board appointed Chair Bob Falciani as a director to the Board of the Midcoast Internet Development Corporation.

The board also agreed to compete against Rockport officials Feb. 12 at Toboggan weekend. Falciani joked he was tired of beating them, but board members seemed enthusiastic about the challenge.

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