January 11, 2021
The Town departments are all working on the Fiscal Year 2022 Municipal Budget.
I am happy to report that our police department and emergency medical services personnel have received the first round of the COVID vaccine. We anticipate they will be receiving the second shot of the two-phase vaccination within the prescribed window.
Last week I received confirmation that the Town was successful in pursuing the electric vehicle charging station grants through Efficiency Maine. Both grants are up to $16,000 or 80% of the cost of the project if not in excess of $16,000. We will plan on including these two stations in the upcoming Capital plan.
We have completed all of the agreement language regarding the solar installation project, and Encore Renewable Energy is working on the next phase of the project, planning to go to the Planning Board. Speaking of solar power, the Energy Committee will be having a community conversation through the Thomas Memorial Library on January 25 at 6:30 p.m. on community solar projects.
The Communications Tower project is advancing, with a pre-bid meeting this Thursday morning. We have received our Planning Board approval, as well as DEP review and approval.
Finally, this Thursday evening the Town Engineer, Steve Harding, Public Works Director, Jay Reynolds, and I will be hosting a meeting to discuss the preliminary design work on the Kettle Cove watercraft launch. This is a product of the planning grant the Town received, and we have notified the abutters and posted the meeting. It is anticipated to have a final presentation prepared for the council at your February 1st workshop.
Matt Sturgis, Town Manager