Town votes to secure match for sidewalk grant

BHCD Start-Up, General, Sidewalks & Pathways Initiative
The Selectboard and citizens of Blue Hill gave the Town a much better chance to procure an MDOT grant for sidewalk repair, replacement and new construction by almost unanimously approving a warrant article Saturday, April 8 at Town Meeting. The MDOT grant application, due August 15, requires that at the time of application the Town certify that it has the source of the 20% match secured. For the maximum grant of $400,000, a $100,000 community commitment is required. Blue Hill Community Development (BHCD) is working with the sidewalk project team and the Selectboard to prepare for and submit the grant application. In support of the effort, BHCD is actively seeking donations toward a $20,000 goal. This money is needed to hire CES Engineering to do a design study, providing design…
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April 8 Town Meeting: Vote “YES” on Article #58

BHCD Start-Up, General, Sidewalks & Pathways Initiative
We need your help to complete the Town of Blue Hill's application for a Bicycle and Pedestrian Program grant from the Maine Department of Transportation. The application is due no later than August 2017, and Blue Hill is asking for $500,000 toward our Sidewalks and Pathways Initiative. MDOT requires that 20% ($100,000) be guaranteed through local funds; warrant article #58 will be voted on at the Blue Hill Town Meeting on April 8 to make that guarantee. Blue Hill Community Development is launching a fundraising campaign to reduce the Town's outlay toward the $100,000. By endorsing the warrant article, you will be supporting increased connectivity in Blue Hill with pedestrian-friendly walking loops, bicycle passage, and improved safety. For more information on the MDOT grant, visit www.maine.gov/mdot/pga/funding.
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Town Forum Report

BHCD Start-Up, Sidewalks & Pathways Initiative
On March 23, BHCD held its first "town forum," inviting members of the Blue Hill community to learn about BHCD and its aspirations and about the first BHCD project, the Sidewalks & Pathways Initiative. The forum was attended by roughly 65 participants. BHCD considered the forum a success, in particular because, after the organization and project were described, there was a robust question and answer session to discuss various aspects of the plan going forward, as well as some other related issues. We hope to post a list of the questions and answers once they've been compiled. If you'd like a copy of the presentation that was given at the forum, please click on the PDF icon below:
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