The “Blue Hill Cares” annual spring clean-up, organized by Vaughn Leach and Chrissy Allen, has been a tremendous success over the last few years.
While virtually 100% of the effort is entirely volunteer-based, there is a need for some equipment for clean-up and safety. BHCD has agreed to act as fiscal sponsor for this community effort, so that donors of cash or goods for qualifying activities can be eligible for a charitable deduction on their income taxes.
If you are in a position to contribute some safety equipment or want to support the cleanup with a monetary contribution, please contact Vaughn or Chrissy directly, or through BHCD at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MaineDOT has determined that it will not make any awards under its Bicycle and Pedestrian Program this year. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that our application was awarded sufficient “points” to have been selected if MaineDOT had followed their normal course of action.
In addition, having identified the areas in which our application was not awarded the full number of points possible, we are now in a position to revise the application to increase our score. This will not require any changes to the design of the project; instead, we need to clarify some aspects that the reviewers did not understand and to make some other changes to the way the project is presented.
We hope to make these changes and have the Town submit the revised application in August 2018.
The Horton Emerson Park project has been completed—at least, for now. We hope the project team will continue to work with the Select Board to keep the park in tip-top condition. But they may need some help from time to time for weeding, clean-up and repairs.
The Town of Blue Hill has filed an application with MaineDOT for $400,000 of state/federal funds (to match a $100,000 local contribution by the Town) toward the redevelopment of South St. between the rotary and The Bay School.
If approved, the funds would be available in 2020.
For those who are interested, the application as filed can be downloaded from the following links:
The volunteer effort to landscape Horton Emerson Park on Water St. will move to the next step, since the Brooklin Garden Club has awarded a $450 grant to support the effort.
Volunteers led by Val Libby will be on site over the next month or two to work their magic!
Thank you to the Brooklin Garden Club and the local volunteers providing the skill (and muscle) to make it happen.