Council approves grants for CEPD and Cape Care

On Monday, November 14, 2022, the council voted via a consent calendar to approve three grants.  

An American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant in the amount of $39,501.60 will be appropriated to Department 0639-Cape Care ARPA.  The grant provides funds in two categories: Wage Supplement Program and Provider Transition.  The grant is administered by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services for the period of October 1, 2022 through May 31, 2023.  In a November 3 Memo to the Town Council, Town Manager Matthew Sturgis wrote that under the Wage Supplement Program, "We have been awarded $1,937.70 per month.  This is to cover $200.00 per employee and 7.65% for administrative costs."  The Provider Transition Program awards $4,000 per month for the months of October, November, December, and January, and $2,000 per month for an additional four months beginning in February.  The funds will increase wages of, "Full-time employees of Cape Care by $1.00 each; increase the two adult leaders for our aftercare program [by $1.00 per hour], and six part-time employees by $.0.50 per hour," Sturgis wrote.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides federal funding to improve traffic safety.  Funds are administered by the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety in the form of grants.  The Cape Elizabeth Police Department was awarded two grants, each in the amount of $5,000.   The Distracted Driving Grant will support dedicated crash-reduction overtime patrols to conduct distracted-driving enforcement during the the NHTSA High Visibility Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign during the month of April 2023.  The Click It or Ticket Grant will support overtime enforcement associated with law enforcement participation in the NHTSA National Click It or Ticket high-visibility campaign from May 22, 2023 through June 4, 2023.  Both grants will be appropriated to department 210-1010 Police Department Special Asssignments.

In another November 3 Memo Sturgis wrote, "I would like to thank and commend Community Liaison Officer Darin Estes of Cape Elizabeth Police Department for his work on applying for and successfully receiving [these grant awards] on behalf of the town."

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