Pedestrian safety, trails and ambulance contract top the list on town manager's report

Apr 10, 2018
Photo by: Susan Mustapich Camden Town Manager Audra-Caler Bell

CAMDEN — Pedestrian safety, working with Coastal Mountain Land Trust on trails in the Ragged Mountain area and an update on the new contract for emergency ambulance services are a few of the items included in Camden Town Manager Audra Caler Bell's bi-weekly report.

Caler-Bell met with Patrick Adams, the Maine Department of Transportation bicycle pedestrian coordinator, along with a number of department heads and Julie Waters from MSAD 28 to discuss Camden becoming part of MDOT’s Pedestrian Safety Project. The project identifies 23 communities in Maine with the highest number of conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles, and invites these communities to participate in this project, which focuses on the community identifying areas of highest concern and potential solutions for these areas. Caler-Bell reports that "MDOT is very committed to working with communities who choose to participate in this program and will prioritize infrastructure improvements that come out of the Pedestrian Safety Project to receive funding."

Parks and Recreation Director Beth Ward and Caler-Bell "had a very productive meeting with Ian Stewart and Jackie Stratton from Coastal Mountains Land Trust to discuss the Round the Mountain Trail and other projects we’re working on in collaboration. There’s an opportunity to do a lot of work within the next year on repairing and repurposing existing trails at the Snow Bowl, so they better serve a number of different users. I believe this will be an important step in improving the Snow Bowl’s ability to offer year round recreational opportunities."

Caler-Bell and the town managers of Hope, Lincolnville and Rockport have continued to meet and refine the draft of the performance-based contract the four towns will negotiate with Northeast Mobile Health Services. "The EMS Performance Committee will meet within the next couple of weeks, where they will agree on the final contract with Northeast," wrote Caler-Bell.

To read the full town manager's report for April 6, 2018, visit camdenmaine.gov.

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