Belfast City Council: Jan. 15 agenda

Jan 14, 2013

Business

Request to reappoint Belfast City Assessor Robert Whitely for a two-year term effective Feb.1, 2013

Request by the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Team the Holy Walkamoles for their 3rd annual 5K Tata Trot on Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Consideration of an amendment to Article II, section 18-51 of the City Code of Ordinances to add an alternate member of the Cemetery Board of Trustees

Consideration of City Manager’s request to appoint Terry Cook Sr. as a full-time Belfast Firefighter

Request by the Economic Development Director to have City Council approve the submission of a Letter of Intent to the Community Development Block Grant Economic Development Program on behalf of Mathews Brothers

Presentation from the city’s consultant on converting the city owned rail line to a trail (no vote on this item)

Further discussion on the possibility of “rail banking” all or part of the city owned railroad corridor (no vote on this item)

Public Hearing on the Rail Trail Feasibility Study and the possibility of pursuing “rail banking” for all or part of the city owned rail corridor

Public Hearing

This public hearing to review a draft report prepared by the Passy Rail Trail feasibility study and will take public comment on the Draft Report. The Passy rail Trail project envisioned when the City Council authorized the city’s purchase of the former Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad right-of-way in 2010. The purpose of the feasibility study is to explore possible ways to provide recreational opportunities like walking, jogging, biking and skiing within the railroad right-of-way. Further public comment is requested on the possibility of rail banking some or all of the rail corridor. Questions and comments will be taken at this time

Discussion and possible action on the possibility of pursuing “rail banking” for all the city owned rail corridor

Discussion and possible action on the VHB Rail Trail feasibility study

Update and discussion on Inner Harbor issues

Request by the Economic Development Director to have City Council approve submission of a Letter of Intent to the Community Block Grant Micro-Enterprise Assistance Grant Program

Signing of Council Orders and housekeeping items

Comments (1)
Posted by: Harold Richardson | Jan 15, 2013 12:19

I am very excited about the prospects of this rail trail.  The city needs to continue it's positive efforts to bring people and tourist dollars into town.  For a relatively small investment this rail trail will be a year round attraction and another good reason for people to come and spend their money here.  It's not an accident that thousands of people are coming here throughout the year and the city council is doing a great job while at the same time being responsible to the taxpayers.  This trail combined with the harbor walk will be huge.  Compare the housing market in Belfast with other Maine communities and you will see that the city leaders a doing a good job in very difficult times.  



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