News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, January 23, 2020
Town to seek multiple grants
Bicentennial highlighted

by Eli Forman

In the course of a short meeting January 21, selectmen approved the town beginning the application process for multiple grants.

A $10,000 grant from the Maine 200 Bicentennial commission was discussed, which selectmen suggested could be further added to with another $10,000 grant from the Maine Women’s fund in order to include the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the bicentennial celebrations.

A $10,000 grant from the Maine Community Foundation was also mentioned, as was a grant from the Maine Historic Preservation Commission for Fort George.

In other business, the selectmen heard a report from Town Manager Shawn Blodgett covering an array of topics including replacement of a malfunctioning sewage pump in the Wilson Museum and an upgrade of the lighting system at the wastewater treatment plant. Blodgett said the sewage pump in the Wilson Museum was replaced after conducting a cost benefit analysis that demonstrated replacement as the most cost effective option.

Blodgett also noted that using new, reduced wattage lights in the upgrade has lowered the expected utility upgrade payback time from 3.6 years to 18-20 months.

The report also mentioned a property at 563 Castine Road that has been ordered by the town to clean up debris on the lot and fix or remove unsafe structures. Blodgett reported that no changes have occurred, noting, “We will work with attorneys on next steps.”

The selectmen also approved Innkeeper, Tavern keeper and Lodging House licenses for MarKel’s Bakehouse and The Manor Inn & Castine Cottages.