When they met June 18, City Councilors approved new parking spaces near the American Legion building, appointed seven new members to the Comprehensive Planning Committee and approved an application for a block grant to be used for the Front Street Shipyard.

American Legion gets two parking spaces

City Council approved two handicapped parking spaces across the street from the American Legion building.

It was determined that there is enough space on Church Street between the new courthouse and the American Legion building to accommodate a request for parking spaces after City Manger Joe Slocum met with Legion members to take street measurements.

“I guess I would probably say I was more wrong than they were,” Slocum said.

Measurements gathered at the meeting determined 29 feet of total space available. Slocum said with two 8-foot-wide parking spaces on either side, there is still enough room for two-way traffic to pass.

American Legion members lobbied to keep the parking spaces located near the club property and asked the City Council for two more handicapped parking spaces on the opposite side of the street at a previous council Meeting, during which Slocum proposed to eliminate three parking spaces near the building.

Comp Plan Committee appointees

City Council announced the approval of several new members to the Comprehensive Planning Committee after nearly three hours of interviews conducted June 11.

Councilors had seven spots to fill on the committee, including at least one representative from each city ward and two equal members representing at-large interests. City Councilor Mary Mortier thanked those who applied before she announced her recommendations for a council vote.

“I want to thank the 11 who applied to be on the Comprehensive Planning Committee and those who showed up to be interviewed that night," she said. "It was a great group of citizens who were willing to make a commitment.

"This is a deep commitment. This is not something light and flimsy and brief. This is a serious commitment by a citizen to apply for committee. And we are very fortunate in this community to have the people who applied.”

Mortier recommended Jill Goodwin for Ward 1, Scott Kelley for Ward 2, Tammy Lacher Scully for Ward 3, Syrena Gatewood for Ward 4, Peter Brunette for Ward 5, and John Carrick and Anne Saggese representing at large.

Councilors shared their support for Mortier's recommendations before they voted unanimously to approve the chosen applicants to the Comprehensive Planning Committee.

Front Street block grant

City Council also authorized an application for a community development block grant, public service grant for a Front Street Shipyard employee training program.

The public service grant would pay for employee training related to the construction of carbon fiber ferries. It could receive up to $100,000 through the grant program, according to Economic Development Director Thomas Kittredge

The city would act as the grant recipient from the Maine Office of Community Development and would be reimbursed by the grant using Front Street invoices.

Alan Chesney, Arcadia Alliance consultant and lead grant writer, informed the council about the training program that will run two weeks of class and field education, then four more weeks of training, working for Front Street.

Mayor Paradis said she was excited to learn one of the hiring incentives is childcare assistance.

The application is only contingent on the basis that Front Street has a ferry contract — it currently does not —  but Chesney said he’s confident the shipyard will acquire one. The application was due June 21, after a public hearing June 20.