No Cedar Street Halloween

Belfast Mayor Eric Sanders announced at an Oct. 5 City Council meeting that the police department will not close off Cedar Street for trick-or-treating during Halloween this year.

After reading the Maine Center for Disease Prevention and Control’s recommendations for the activity, he saidtraditional trick-or-treating is labeled a high-risk activity for coronavirus transmission. He said some Cedar Street residents came to him with concerns about the risks of having it this year.

He reminded people to wear masks and stay outside and to be aware of vehicles if families do choose to go trick-or-treating.

Kendra Caruso

New code enforcement officer

City Council approved hiring Stephen Wilson of Bucksport as the city’s new code enforcement officer at its Oct. 5 meeting.

New Codes and Planning Director Bub Fournier worked with Wilson in Bangor, he said. Wilson has over 10 years of experience with code enforcement in municipalities like Bangor, Camden, Southwest Harbor and Kittery.

“Having worked with Steve formerly in Bangor, I found him to be a very supportive resource for staff, officials, citizens, developers and contractors in a wide range of projects,” Fournier wrote in a memo to councilors. Wilson will begin working for the city Oct. 15.

Kendra Caruso

Little River Trail may be renamed to honor late community member

Sanders proposed at the City Council’s Oct. 5 meeting to rename the Little River Trail after community member Skip Pendleton, who died three years ago.

He said the idea had been discussed after Pendleton’s death, but no action was ever taken and walking the 8-mile trail recently compelled him to bring the discussion before councilors.

Councilors were in favor of the idea, but Councilor Mike Hurley said he would like the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition, which created the trail, to weigh in on the decision before officially renaming the area.

Pendleton was a founding member of the coalition, Sanders said, so he thinks the group will have no issue with renaming the trail. Councilors voted in favor of the idea with the conditions that City Manager Erin Herbig seek input from the coalition and the water district

Kendra Caruso