Belfast looks to renew discussions about developing events centerGrant funding would pay for workshop to gather public input on future development
Belfast — City officials supported submitting a letter seeking grant funding to begin exploring options for the possible construction of a performance/events center in Belfast in the future.
The city was approached by the Belfast Creative Coalition asking for a letter of support for a $7,000 grant that would pay for a two-and-a-half day community design workshop. The grant is funded through the Citizen's Institute on Rural Design and the workshop would focus on finding “a community consensus regarding an events/civic center.”
A $7,000 match from partner organizations is required, but that match can come in the form of in-kind services, labor or products. City Manager Joseph Slocum pointed out applying for the grant would not cost the city any money.
Our Town Belfast and the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce would partner with the Belfast Creative Coalition and the city to conduct the workshop.
Because the deadline to submit a letter of support occurred before the regularly scheduled council meeting of Tuesday, May 6, Slocum said he already submitted a letter on the council's behalf.
In the letter, Slocum writes that the two-and-a-half day workshop will be designed to “identify, collect and share public input, options, stakeholder perspective, economic benefits, community assets and other logistical components.
“The goal would not only be to elevate the dialogue but also to harvest community aspiration and turn it into an action plan for the future,” he writes.
Councilors unanimously supported the submission of the letter with Councilor Mike Hurley absent.
In other business:
Officials gave permission to cut down two trees at 270 High St.
A bid to clean city-owned bathrooms was awarded to Service Master Cleaning Services. Service Master bid $1,500 per month to clean the harbor restrooms from May through October and $450 per month for November through April; $750 per month to clean the City Park restrooms; $350 per month to clean the Walsh Field restrooms; and $50 per call/$25 per hour for emergency calls.
Councilors approved a request from Cemetery Director Steve Boguen to take $2,000 from the cemetery's maintenance capital reserve account to address a drainage issue in front of the chapel.
Officials also awarded a paving bid to All State Asphalt Inc. at a cost of $79.45 per ton. Public Works Director Bob Richards noted in a memorandum to councilors the company's bid was two cents more than Vaughn Thibodeau II Inc. of Bangor. However, Richards stated All State uses a mix that does not contain any recycled asphalt, which will result in a better product.
Councilors awarded a bid to Fine Line Pavement Striping and approved the sale of a 1976 Grader to Bobby Wardwell for $3,500.
Ben Holbrook is a reporter for The Republican Journal covering general news.
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