Head light Keepers Quarters to be painted in time for National Governors Association event

The Town Council voted  7-0 on May 9, 2022 in favor of appropriating $40,000 from the fund balance account of the Portland Head Light Fund and further authorize an interfund transfer of $40,000 from the Portland Head Light Fund to the General Fund in order to complete the painting of the Keeper's Quarters within the Fiscal Year 2022 budget.  Originally included in the Fiscal Year 2023 budget, Facilities Director David Bagdasarian requested that the painting be completed prior to the National Governors Association's use of Fort Williams Park on Thursday, July 14, 2022.

On October 13, 2021 the council approved the request made by the National Governors Association (NGA) to hold a social event at Fort Williams Park from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on July 14.  The event is a component of the association's multi-day conference taking place in Portland, Maine.  Following a competitive selection process, the state of Maine  and Governor Janet Mills were chosen to host the 114th NGA Summer Meeting.  Portland was previously slated to host in 2020, but the event was moved to a virtual format due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a February 2, 2022 article by Mainebiz the National Governors Association was described as, "A nonpartisan organization comprising the governors of the 55 U.S. states, territories, and commonwealths. The gatherings typically include discussions with top leaders from business, government and philanthropy, and are a magnet for lobbyists, vendors and national press corps."  In an August 23, 2021 letter to Town Manager Matthew Sturgis, NGA Executive Director Bill McBride requested the use of the Green at Fort Williams Park to hold a lobster bake for approximately 600 attendees.  McBride wrote, "By working closely with Governor Mills and her staff, we will select experienced local vendors to meet all of the guidelines outlined in your group use policy including: catering, transportation, security, sanitary facilities, water, electrical services, disposal and recycling and any other needs to ensure a successful event."

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