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									                                 City of Biddeford, Maine
               205 Main St.           P.O. Box 586           Biddeford, Maine 04005

                                    City Managers Report
                                    July 15 th to August 5th 2008
                                           John D. Bubier
                                            City Manager


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                      COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE

                              Linda M. Hardacker
                        Community Development Coordinator
                                     Report
                             Week Ending 7/18/2008

1. Downtown Facade Improvement Program Year 2 (continuing)
   Six applications have been awarded and are working with Salmon Falls Architects to get
   some assistance with their projects. The following projects are or will be going under
   contract:

   12 Water Street – Lacava building – COMPLETE
   32 Alfred Street- UNDER CONTRACT
   20 Alfred Street – Pauline’s Barbershop and Gennystyle Hair Salon building-UNDER
   CONTRACT
   26 Alfred Street – Wonder Nails and Jewel of India building-UNDER CONTRACT
   38-42 Alfred Street – Goodwill building- UNDER CONTRACT
   180 Main Street – Courier Building UNDER CONTRACT
   118 Alfred Street
   55-65 Main Street- UNDER CONTRACT
   316 Main Street

2. Housing Assessment (continuing)
   Planning Insights, Inc. has completed the housing assessment/market analysis and a draft
   will be ready next week. Relevant sections have been included in the Consolidated Plan.

3. Year 3 Programs and Activities (continuing)
      a. Cleaves Street to be continued after sewer repair.
      b. The Bus Shelter project is being refinanced for our CDBG Year beginning July 1st.
      c. Pierson Lane Playground completed.
      d. Southern Maine Agency on Aging Elder Advocate Program continuing.
      e. Bike Monkeys Program completed (monitored by the Community Development
          Coordinator and the program is in compliance).
      f. Cannon Park Project sidewalks are complete.
      g. The new ADA compliant Recreation Bus has arrived.
      h. The Community Center Ramp Project has installed the railings.
      i. Due to cost of the ramp at the Community Center the ADA restroom at St. Louis
          Fields will be constructed in Year 1 of the new Consolidated Plan due to cost.

4. New 5-Year Consolidated Plan and Year 1 Action Plan (continuing)
   Our Request for Release of Funds has been received and our Environmental Review by
   HUD complete. We are waiting for the green light to expend construction funds for Year 1
   of our new Consolidated Plan.

5. Neighborhood Revitalization (continuing)

   The First Annual Bacon Street Neighborhood Festival is ready to go and will take place on
   Sunday, August 3rd on Bacon Street from 2pm to 9pm. as part of National Night Out 2008.
   The festival is being put on with all volunteers and a number of sponsors who are providing
   pony rides, a dunk tank, costume characters, games, prizes, arts and crafts, a yard sale, a


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         street dance, and lots lots more. The Community Garden produced its first vegetables of
         the season and they were enjoyed by all. Our planter boxes took a hit with the police on
         the scene quickly. They were replanted by a citizen and I added a few extras flowers to
         lessen the damage. Everyone is watching and trying. I won’t give up.

   6. Monitoring

         Every year social service programs and projects are monitored for compliance with HUD
         regulations. Monitoring was conducted by the Community Development Coordinator and
         all are in compliance.

   7. Home-Based Business Group (continuing)

         As part of my 2008 HUD Region 1 CPD Community Development Leadership
         Development Program requirements I coordinated a home-based business group with the
         Maine Small Business Development Center. The first meeting was on Friday, June 27th at
         9 a.m. at the Stone Soup Food Pantry on Main Street. Another meeting is planned for July
         22nd in the HOB Office at 6 p.m. The group will provide a forum for home-based
         businesses to share best practices, network and find resources for marketing and other
         business assistance. Saco home-based businesses are invited to attend and meetings will
         alternate between Biddeford and Saco.

   8. HUD Leadership Program

         I am continuing in the HUD Leadership Program and expanding my knowledge of HUD,
         meeting other communities and learning about interesting projects. Another program
         course day was on June 24th and the last program day will be on July 29th.

PUBLIC WORKS

Household Hazardous waste day:
Following is the data from the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day held on Saturday, July
19, 2008 at the Biddeford Public Works Facility:

City or Town            # of cars    Total Household Quantities

Biddeford              228            306

Dayton                 3              4

Old Orchard            15             19

Saco                   52             63

Scarborough            13             17

TOTALS:              311              409

Things went fairly smoothly with no outstanding issues to report. Thanks to all that assisted.




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Following are the highlights from our Public Works Departments activities for the reporting
period.

Vehicle Maintenance

      Regularly scheduled Preventive Maintenance
      Repairs of day to day breakdowns and damages
      Specifications development for FY 09 CIP items

Street Maintenance Division

      Pavement spot repairs
      Sign maintenance / replacement / repair
      Street sweeping
      Roadside mowing
      Cannon Park construction work
      Ditch / roadside maintenance
      Route #111 / Andres Rd. bank removal
      Prep work for Middle School playground installation
      Truck / equipment cleaning and checks

Solid Waste Division

      Curbside waste collection
      Recycling / transfer station operations
      Household Hazardous Waste Day Preparations
      Household Hazardous Waste Day collection

Parks Maintenance Division

      Downtown maintenance / cleanup
      Beach / parks trash collection
      Parks clean-up and maintenance
      Preparation of athletic fields
      Parks / athletic fields mowing
      Traffic islands mowing
      Watering St. Louis Field & Cannon Park including weekends
      Placement of new playground chips
      Check and clean equipment

Cemetery Maintenance Division

      Mowing & trimming
      Maintenance of nursery area

Wastewater Maintenance Division

      Operations / maintenance Bidd.Pool Treatment Plant
      Operations / maintenance pump stations
      CSO inspections


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      Catch basin cleaning operations
      Sewer line cleaning operations
      Catch basin and manhole repairs
      Assist oversight and inspection of sewer separation projects, Cleaves St., Alfred St. and
       Pool St.

    Question re: Dry cleaning operation Route 1
There has been a question raised about the possibility of a dry cleaning operation in the south rte 1
project area. We heard via Paul Neihoff that there have been some concerns raised involving
environmental issues on our Rt. 1 widening project. Paul relayed to Jenny that the specific issue
may be an old dry cleaning business within the project limits. If there are people who have some
information on this let Jenn know. Could you please forward info on the location in question to
Jenn?

It is possible that this could be a non-issue if the location you are concerned about is where I think
it is.

It could very well be referencing that White Star Dry cleaner operated a pick up/drop off store
where Provost Monuments is currently operating. No dry cleaning operations were conducted on
the premises. It was all done in another location. Again if anyone has some info then let us know



S atu rd ay, Ju l y 5, 2008

Want to Be Part of Sustainable Develoment? Go to Biddeford, Maine

Biddeford, Maine. Never heard of it? Well, I guess that's not surprising, it's a town of only 22,000,
15 miles south of Portland, Maine. But it is one of the oldest towns in New England, with the first
sawmill having been built there over 350 years ago.




                                        Biddeford was a textile town, at its peak having over 12,000
workers in the textile mills there. But during the 20th Century most of the textile plants relocated
to the Carolinas and Georgia. (As an aside, I often like to point out that self-serving politicians like
John Edwards whine about the loss of textile jobs to the Caribbean, Africa and East Asia as if


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those jobs were some god-given right for North Carolinians. But they disingenuously ignore, in
fact, that those jobs were stolen by North and South Carolina from New England less than a
centuryago.)

Anyway today there are only around 200 textile jobs still in Biddeford. But what still exist are 2.5
million square feet of well built mill buildings, a century or more old. Buildings, yes, but a public
sector and some progressive, enlightened developers seeing the 19th century built heritage of
Biddeford accommodating the residential, commercial and industrial needs of the 21st




century.
There are simultaneous activities taking place among several developers, including a $100,000,000
adaptive reuse, mixed use project in mill buildings right across the river in the adjacent town of
Saco. But two projects at different stages of development will serve as examples.




                                                                 The Riverdam Mill project is being
advanced by SpencerMonksDevelopment of Portland. SpencerMonks has acquired a 2 year option
on the 160,000 square foot property for redevelopment into a variety of uses. They've done a great
job of identifying the multiple sources of financing that will be required to make this deal fly. It
will be neither quick nor easy, but they seem to recognize that and they have a realistic sense of the
particular challenges and obsticles to this type of development.

But here's what most impressed me about their information packet. Instead of citing such
imaginary competitive advantages as "low taxes" or "cheap labor" or "the latest high tech gizmos
available", they have a different set of arguments why the redevelopment of Riverdam makes
sense: job creation, affordable housing, smart growth, historic preservation, downtown
revitalization, green development, brownfield redevelopment. In short, while they are certainly in
the deal to make money (as well they should be) they have positioned their project to have
significant benefits beyond their own pocketbooks. And they have recognized that Riverdam isn't a
stand-alone project but one more incremental component of a broader effort.




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                                      The second project is a little more downstream, so to speak.
The North Dam Mill development is currently wrapping up their first phase and moving on to
Phase II. The North Dam Mill, is actually a complex of three former textile mill buildings totaling
nearly 400,000 square feet. Already completed in Phase I are 60,000 square feet of retail,
commercial, studio and industrial space. The first phase started in late 2005 and currently houses
some 40 small businesses including several retail shops, a coffeehouse, studios for photographers
and artists, a print shop, a dance studio and others.

This project has solidly positioned itself as the venue of choice for the creative economy activities
of the 21st Century. They are also in ongoing negotiations with fast growing University of New
England, both for student and faculty housing but also for direct University activities. There are
several great models for college facilities being located in former mill and industrial buildings, by
the way. Two of my favorites are the University of New Hampshire - Manchester and the
University of Washington - Tacoma. In both cases university leadership was sufficiently
enlightened to understand that those underutilized buildings and college activities were a natural
fit. And students always add vibrancy and excitement to an area.

The development team at the North Dam Mill has wisely left unspecified exactly when Phase III of
their project will begin. That allows the market to adjust, for lessons to be learned from earlier
phases, and for risk mitigation as the project moves forward. The three big mistakes that
preservationists often make with these kind of buildings is "We have to do it all; we have to do it
now; we have to do it on this preconceived use." Doing it in phases is the prudent way to approach
these projects and that's what the North Dam Mill people are doing.




So these are both enlightened private sector development groups. But as I'm sure both would tell
you, they would not have a chance to be successful were it not for strong support from and
assistance of the City. Currently underway is a Mill District Master Plan and consideration for both
a tax increment financing district (TIF) and a National Register Historic District.




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This is a great example of Smart Growth. The existing vacant space in mill buildings in Biddeford
can probably accommodate all of the economic and residential growth for the next two
decades...all without consuming a single acre of additional land at the periphery. And reusing
buildings - the ultimate in recycling - is far more environmentally responsible than just adding
some solar panels to a new crappy building in Sprawlsville.

In the sometimes arcane world of international, academic historic preservation conferences, there
are often sessions on the "spirit of place" and not infrequently papers delivered arguing that
adaptive reuse like is taking place in Biddeford represents the destruction of the "spirit of place".
What absolute nonsense! I heard the Mayor of Biddeford, Joanne Twomey, talk about what is
happening in her community. She said that her grandmother, a French-Canadian, migrated to work
in the mills in Biddeford, and so she certainly was aware of the character and quality of the "spirit
of place" of those mills in the textile days. But Mayor Twomey's pride and excitement over what
today is happening absolutely reflects a new "sense of place" perfectly appropriate for that town
and those buildings.

So go to Biddeford for a visit or to invest or maybe as a great place to relocate (at VERY
affordable rents) your "creative economy" business. And I'm sure that Rachael Weyand, executive
director of Heart of Biddeford, the local Main Street program, will be happy to help you. Oh, your
firm is in Boston you say? No problem. A new Amtrak station is being completed in the midst of
the mill building redevelopment...so walk to the train and ride the 90 miles to Beantown.

The textile industry has largely abandoned Biddeford and towns like it for cheaper labor
elsewhere. But the built legacy of those industries still stands and is calling for adaptive reuse in
the 21st century. Smart cities and investors are answering that call.

The next Downeaster (NNEPRA)Operation Meeting will be held at the University of New
Hampshire on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at approximately 9:30 am and end at approximately
12:15 pm. The specific building and meeting room will be named at a later date.

Below are the schedule train departures for those attending the meeting by train.

Train 682

Portland                       8:00
Old Orchard Beach              8:15
Saco/Biddeford                 8:22
Wells                          8:39
Dover                          8:57

Arrival @ Durham               9:04

Train 683

Durham                         12:25
Dover                          12:33
Wells                          12:49
Saco/Biddeford                 1:05
Old Orchard Beach              1:11

Arrival @ Portland             1:30



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Shuttlebus update on activities underway this summer--
 Brief
1.) Trolley season is going well. The revised schedule and new brochures are popular. July 4th
was incredible. Despite a couple issues reaching the Saco/KOA during gridlock July 4th, service is
going smooth. Much credit goes to Driver Bob Moody who helped spearhead and oversee the
route redesign.

2.) With the other transit providers in Maine, we are participating in "Fare Free Fridays" in
July. MaineDOT has promised to reimburse for the lost revenue.

3.) Fleet Manager Rod Carpenter and I met with MaineDOT officials a couple week's ago. Bid
specs for two new ZOOM buses are in the works. Previously we had sought funds for a coach-
style bus. The cost for this heavier bus have increased beyond the available budget and it
was agreed to seek two rear-engine transit vehicles with coach style seats like we have now
instead. It is likely to take a year to receive these vehicles. The 5% local match would be about
$20,000. In the past the Maine Turnpike Authority has covered the local expense.

4.) CPA Glenn Kersteen began the FY08 audit today to be completed in mid-August. At the
next meeting (September) he will address our budget deficit and recommended actions.

5.) Minutes from the last two BSOOB meetings will be forthcoming. Materials will also be
distributed to members who were not in attendance.

6.) Mechanic Eddie Riddle broke his leg a few weeks ago when a tree he was cutting down fell on
him. He will be out for the remainder of the summer. Rod, Mike and Chris have been working
hard in his absence.

7.) In exchange for two (2) ad spaces on our buses, the Journal Tribune is printing 10,000 bus
schedules for us at no cost. This time they are using bright white paper (like the comic
section). We will distribute them throughout the tri-towns and along the ZOOM and Intercity
routes (Maine Mall, Scarborough and Portland).

8.) The Signs & Shelters Subcommittee met last week. Tom Reinauer from SMRPC has agreed to
map current and recommended sign locations. We have begun to collect information.

9.) Park & Ride Lots: As previously reported we met with Saco and Maine DOT officials
regarding improvements to the Exit 36 Park & Ride Lot and alternative locations. We will be
following up on suggested actions (re-striping lot etc) . Similarly we are looking at using the
Biddeford Ice Arena lot to augment Exit 32 service.

10.) Tom Reinauer is assisting us in researching a possible ZOOM route to UNUM and
surrounding employers. Another vehicle and operating funds would have to be obtained for this
service.

11.) FYI, We have been corresponding with Biddeford Mayor Twomey regarding the
community's plan for high fuel prices this winter.

As always, more information about our activities will be forwarded in the weeks ahead -- ridership
figures etc. I hope you are enjoying the summer. Let me know if you have any questions,
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The new City Hall reporter for Biddeford is:
 Gillian Graham
Staff Writer
180 Main Street, P.O. Box 1894
Biddeford, ME 04005
Phone: 282-4337 ext. 219
Fax: 282-4339
Email: news@inthecourier.com
Stephanie Grinnell has taken over as an editor. Congrats to both.
  CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W)
  On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and
  Clerical Workers increased 0.7 percent in May.
  Table B. Percent changes in CPI for Urban Wage Earners and
        Clerical Workers (CPI-W)
        Seasonally adjusted
       Expenditure                            Compound
      Category
  Changes
                 Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May ended                 ended
                 2007 2007 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 May 2008 May 2008
   All items.......... 1.0 .4 .4 .0 .4 .2 .7        5.4          4.5
   Food and beverages .3 .1 .7 .3 .2 .9 .3                 6.0          4.9
   Housing........... .4 .2 .2 .2 .5 .4 .5         5.7           3.5
   Apparel........... .4 .2 .8 -.3 -1.2 .2 -.2      -4.8          -.4
   Transportation.... 3.8 1.1 .7 -.7 .7 -.7 2.1            8.9          8.7
   Medical care...... .4 .3 .6 .1 .1 .2 .1           1.7          4.2
   Recreation........ .1 .1 .2 .1 .3 -.2 .0          .8          .9
   Education and
     communication.. .0 .2 .3 .1 .2 .4 .3                 4.0          2.5
   Other goods and
     services....... .2 .4 .5 .3 .4 .4 .5          5.2          3.9
   Special indexes:
   Energy............ 7.2 1.8 .8 -.7 1.9 -.2 4.5     27.7             17.5
   Food.............. .3 .1 .7 .3 .2 1.0 .3        6.3          5.1
   All items less
     food and energy .2 .2 .3 .0 .1 .1 .2                1.8          2.3




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  Bideford Saco and OOB are working together to study issues relating to transportation in a
        region wide context. He proposal that has been crafted is as follows Your thoughts are
                             important to seeing this work move forward:

          Transportation Study Proposal for PACTS Unified Planning Work Program
Introduction

The Municipalities of Biddeford, Saco, and Old Orchard Beach are proposing to undertake a
regional transportation planning study of the major arterial and collector roadways in the area. The
following roadways will be included in the study:

      Route 112
      Route 5
      Route 1
      Route 9
      Industrial Park/Spring Hill Roads
      Access to the Maine Turnpike
      Route 111
      Old Orchard Road / Saco Avenue Route 98?
      South Street
      Others as identified in the study

The purpose of the study is to assess the current and future regional transportation demands along
these corridors and explore ways to preserve the mobility and safety of the corridors through
regional measures such as additional connection(s) to the turnpike, enhancing access to transit
especially during the peak season, land use and access management, and signal coordination as
well as infrastructure improvements to these corridors. Access to the Biddeford, Saco, Old
Orchard Beach region is through six significant roadways in southern Maine. I-95 (Maine
Turnpike) bisects the region, separating the urban centers from the more rural areas of the
communities. I-195 which provides access between the Turnpike and Old Orchard Beach, also is
the primary point of access to all points in Saco and secondarily to downtown Biddeford from the
interstate system. Routes 5 , 111, and 112 and South Street provide the conduits for traffic from
the growing suburbs of Dayton, Lyman, Waterboro, Hollis and other westerly communities to the
interstate and downtown areas of Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach. Route 1 parallels the
Turnpike and provides local north-south access through the center of the both Biddeford and Saco.
The ultimate result of these related traffic patterns is congestion at various points along these
major routes particularly during the summer months. While each of these municipalities has
completed independent studies of the portion of these corridors within their communities and
identified transportation system management alternatives for the short term, they are teaming
together on this proposal in recognition that the only way to develop long range comprehensive
solutions for these corridors is to consider them on a regional basis.

A number of studies have been completed in the tri-community area including the Route 112
study, the downtown Biddeford traffic and parking studies, the Halfway Rotary study and
townwide studies in Old Orchard Beach and others. These studies addressed short term system
management issues but also recommended a more comprehensive regional assessment of long-
term growth in traffic driven by growth of residential communities to the west as well as continued
growth in the tri-community area. Therefore, Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach are joining
together seeking further study to identify potential measures to address the continuing demands
that will be placed on the local transportation network, which is the subject of this proposal.



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Scope of Services

The study will identify long-term needs for the corridors as well as additional potential access
points to the interstate system. The surface street system recommendations could include
additional lanes, traffic signals, coordination of traffic signals, and connector roadways. It will
also identify opportunities for more extensive transit within the region to interface with the Amtrak
service to promote the idea of a car-less vacation during the summer months. More significantly,
the addition of more direct access to the Maine Turnpike needs to be evaluated as necessary to
address the long-term growth issues. Various alternatives will be evaluated for providing access
to and from Routes 112/5, South Street and Rt 111, and Cascade Road/Flag Pond Road directly to
the Turnpike, as well as a potential connector road between South and Andrews Road/Route111. A
potential Industrial Road in Old Orchard Beach could relieve traffic congestion on local roadways.
The benefit of each connection or combination will be assessed relative to critical intersections
within the study area. The study will also evaluate whether a third bridge study for
Biddeford/Saco should be undertaken in the future.

Biddeford, Saco, and Old Orchard Beach propose the following specific scope of services based on
our recognition of the need for a regional evaluation of the transportation issues facing each of the
municipalities. The scope of services has also been prepared to comply with the early phases of
NEPA to the extent possible as well as the Sensible Transportation Policy Act (STPA). However,
the study will be a precursor to the NEPA process and will not produce any NEPA documents.

Task 1: Data Collection

Considerable data has already been compiled or collected through previous studies. Additionally,
we understand that there is currently origin-destination traffic modeling available from PACTS
and the Turnpike Authority which could assist in evaluating the merit of an additional interchange,
connector roadways, or third bridge. While this information will form the basis of the data needed
for the project and for the initial development of alternatives ,we would like to keep the data
collection effort to a minimum to enable as much as possible of the available resources to be spent
of developing alternatives. There may be a need for some supplemental data collection to provide
full coverage of the study area as well as peak season counts at critical intersections.

The data collection program proposed is as follows:

Existing data

Obtain traffic data from the Turnpike Authority, MaineDOT and previously completed studies.
This will include historical automatic traffic recorder counts as well as turning movement
diagrams and PACTS TRIPS modeling. Utilize aerial photography and electronic tax maps from
each community as a base for project graphics.

Turning Movement Counts

Hopefully traffic counts will be available for many of the intersections listed below. For those
where counts are not available, summer counts will be collected ideally after July 4th on a
Thursday or Friday from 7 to 9 AM and 3 to 6 PM at the following locations:


In Saco:
                 Intersection of Franklin Street and Route 5


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                 Intersection of Tasker Street and Route 5
                 Intersection of Garfield Street and Route 5
                 Intersection of Shadagee Road and Route 5
                 Intersection of Louden Road and Route 5
                 Intersection of Smutty Lane and Route 5
                 Intersection of Industrial Park Road and Route 112
                 Intersections of Industrial Park Road and I-195 ramps
                 Intersection of Ross Road and Route 1
                 Intersection of Spring Street and Route 1
In Old Orchard Beach:
               Intersection of Routes 1 and 98
                 Route 5 and (connector to Route 9)
                 Intersection of Ross Road and Route 98
                 Intersection of Route 9 and Main Street
                 Intersection of Route 9 and (connector to Rte 5)
In Biddeford:
                 Intersection of Routes 1 and 9
                 Intersection of Routes 1 and 111
                 Intersection of Route 9 and 111
                 Intersection of Route 1 and South Street
                 Intersection of Route 111 and Exit 32
                 Intersection of Route 111 and Andrews Road

Automatic Traffic Recorder Counts

In addition to the intersection turning movement counts, 24 hour weekday bi-directional counts
will be needed at other key locations during the course of the study as follows:

            On Route 112 and Route 5 in the vicinity of the I-95 overpass
            On Industrial Park Road between Route 112 and I-195
            On Routes 1 and 9 in the vicinity of the Biddeford Saco boundary
            On South Street in Biddeford
            On Route 1 in the vicinity of Route 98
            On Route 111 west of Biddeford Crossing
            On Route 111 in the vicinity of Exit 32

This data will provide an understanding of the traffic distribution throughout the week and the day.
This information will also provide the data base for future review of changes to levels and patterns
of traffic in this area.




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Task 2: Preparation of Traffic Projections

The traffic projections will be based on the existing TRIPS model and pending developments in
the three communities particularly in the subject corridors. Base volumes will be developed for
two time horizons utilizing an appropriate annual growth rate as follows:

    Existing Conditions (2007)-Based on counts on file and supplemented with new counts
     above as necessary
    Twenty years in the future (2027)

Traffic forecasts will be prepared to reflect traffic reassignment that may result from the
recommendation of new transportation system links such as between Routes 112 and 5 as well as
new connections to the interstate system. The reassignment will be based on the results of the
TRIPS modeling for the region. Preparation of TRIPS modeling will be done by PACTS for
various alternatives of Turnpike access and cross-access between routes such as 112 and 5. These
may include the following as well as other options that may be identified in the course of the
study:
            Direct NB and SB off-ramp access from the Turnpike to Routes 112 (reopen
             existing conference center ramp) and 5.
            Direct SB on ramp from Route 112 to Turnpike.
            Direct NB and SB on ramps from Route 5 to Turnpike.
            Full interchange at Route 5.
            Extend I-195 to Route 112.
            NB on/SB off from Turnpike to Boom Road in Saco ,South Street in Biddeford and
             South of Exit 32 in Biddeford, Extension of Cascade Road/Flagpond Road to a
             Turnpike Interchange.
            Upgrade of Garfield
            Identify potential routes for the extension of Garfield to Industrial Park Road

Task 3: Analysis

The results of the TRIPS modeling will be reviewed and analyzed from a mobility and safety
viewpoint to determine the effectiveness of each alternative over the existing condition. The
analysis will also consider impacts on adjacent neighborhoods, central business districts, and the
environment, and land acquisition and cost.

Task 4: Development of Recommendations

The results of the analyses will point to the problem spots for capacity and safety in the
transportation system encompassing the three municipalities. Each of these locations will be
evaluated to determine the most efficient way to improve mobility and safety. This could include
the addition of lanes, construction of new links within the transportation system, restrictions on
existing links, potential installation of traffic signals, coordination of traffic signals, re-alignment
of approaches, sidewalk and trail construction, transit during the summer months to promote a car-
less vacation and most importantly, new connections to the interstate system. An additional
element to consider is capacity preservation through access management. General criteria for
allowing access to the Turnpike should be included in the recommendations.




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Task 5: Preliminary Opinions of Probable Construction Cost

The recommended improvements will be shown schematically on aerial photography with
approximate right-of-way superimposed utilizing tax maps and mapping where readily available
from the MaineDOT, PACTS or municipalities. A constructability review will be completed in the
field to determine potential obstacles. Implications of right-of-way will be included to the extent
that current plans are available. Preliminary opinions of probably construction cost will be
prepared based upon a general cost per lane-foot of construction with adjustments made based on
the preliminary constructability review.

Task 6: Final Report

The recommendations and resulting traffic operations will be summarized and presented in a final
report. This will include capacity results, graphic representations of the proposed improvements,
preliminary opinions of probable construction costs, and a summary of the methodology utilized in
developing the recommendations. Documentation of the public process will also be included in
the report.

Task 7: Public Process

Public involvement will be critical to the development of a successful plan and developing the
consensus necessary to obtain funding and implementation of any recommendations. This should
include staff, an advisory committee, and the general public. The first meeting for the project will
consist of a “kick-off” meeting involving the Advisory Committee, MaineDOT, municipal
officials, and the Maine Turnpike Authority, followed by a meeting with municipal officials, local
business owners, and key residents.

We anticipate that a total of three meetings with the general public will be necessary for this
project, which would consist of the initial meeting, a meeting to present preliminary findings and a
final presentation. Each of these public meetings will provide the community with the opportunity
to voice concerns and opinions regarding perceived problems with the transportation system and
ideas for potential solutions. Graphics showing the study area will be available at the meetings for
a hands-on experience as may be desired by any one in attendance at these meetings. We anticipate
an ongoing dialogue with staff of the municipalities and advisory committee throughout the
project.

To the extent that specific recommendations may significantly impact a neighborhood or business,
supplemental meetings would be conducted for these particular circumstances.

The importance of meetings as a contributing factor to the success of this type of project cannot be
overestimated. Each party may have their own perspective and views on transportation matters,
and consensus building will help to ensure the successful implementation of the project.


Maybe they will come to the Downtowns: On the front page of its Marketplace section, the Wall
Street Journal (7/17, B1, Hudson) reports that "the hottest trend this decade in shopping-center
development," the lifestyle center, "has gone cold." Such centers, usually built as open-air
complexes, "offer small parks, fountains, and cafes amid name-brand retailers" such as Chico's,
Ann Taylor, and Talbots. The Journal adds that "[d]evelopers raced to add new ones as they
became popular with shoppers," while "construction of traditional enclosed malls all but stopped."


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The reason, the Journal notes, is that "with the economy slumping and shoppers spending less,
retailers that had flocked to the centers...have begun canceling expansion plans and even shutting
stores." For developers, "[t]his couldn't happen at a worse time." The lifestyle centers were a ready
source of business, adding "37 centers totaling some 12 million square feet" just last year, but the
slowdown "means many of the planned projects" for coming years "won't leave the drawing
board" and those already started "will probably have difficulty leasing space when they open."

So Much for Deregulation : Prices higher for electricity in Texas's deregulated market.
On its front page, the Wall Street Journal (7/17, A1, Smith) reports that wholesale electricity prices
for Texans were "about 40 times the national average" during part of May, creating "quite a shock
for America's most audacious experiment in deregulating electric power." Texas consumes "more
electricity than any other" state, and it is "[b]eset by a combination of soaring natural-gas prices for
power generators and congested transmission lines that weren't designed to accommodate the new
freewheeling market." As a result, a "Texan shopping for electricity today typically would be
quoted a price between 13 and 27 cents a kilowatt hour," while "the national average is between
nine and 10 cents." Also, "[l]arge corporations that buy electricity wholesale from power plants
haven't fared any better," and Tony Bennett, the head of the Texas Association of Manufacturers,
says that companies "look at Georgia and Alabama and see prices that are half of what we're
paying in Texas." Although "[m]any Texas officials believe their system...will work out best for
consumers in the long run," the Journal points out that "[w]hen California tried to deregulate its
electricity market, it stumbled into an energy crisis that bankrupted its largest utility."
      In related coverage, the New York Times (7/17, McGeehan) reports that "the cost of
residential energy use in the New York metropolitan region shot up by 10.8 percent" in May and
June, accounting for "the biggest increase in any month on record." The Times adds that "[t]he
price of electricity," which is "the main driver of the overall cost of household energy," increased
by "more than 15 percent in that period." The increases reflect the fact that "utilities have passed
on the surging cost of fuel" to consumers, whose overall "cost of household energy has risen more
than 18 percent" in the past year.




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                           Been to an art walk yet?
                           July 31, 2008!
                           Maybe it's time to come down and
                           see what all the hype is about!




www.biddefordartwalk.com




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Menopause at City Theater!
This is the last weekend for this great show.




Menopause The Musical, hits City Theater Stage

Night sweats, hot flashes, mood swings, eating binges, bladder 'issues' and all the other fun stuff that accompan
women going through 'the change' is celebrated for the next two weekends at City Theater of Biddeford.

Directed and choreographed by Barbara Buck, with musical direction by Denise Calkins, Menopause he Musical s
four of Maine's favorite stage veterans, Cheryl Reynolds, Betty Gravelle, Deborah Hall and Ellen Emerson.

Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased with a Visa or Master Card over the phone at 282-0849.

City Theater is 113-year old completely restored former opera/vaudeville house, both handicap accessible and ai
conditioned, sitting in the heart of downtown Biddeford at 205 Main Street.

Don't miss it! Tonight at 8p, or Sunday Matinee at 2p!



For more information, click here:   www.citytheater.org


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ART VAN...
This awesome mobile art project is here in town again this summer!




For more information call Jamie at 650.1608 or email jamie@artvanrolling.org

or

check them out online: www.artvanprogram.org

As of July 1 2008 all local government elected officials must complete training
on the requirements of Maine’s Freedom of Access laws. The York County
Commissioners are offering a free training course to be held at the York
County Courthouse in Alfred. The Course will be held on Thursday August 7th
at 600pm. Bonnie Gould and attorney and Maine Representative will teach the
course. The Program will run approximately 1 hour and will be accompanied
by coffee and donuts. Upon completion of this course each participant will
receive a certificate of completion to be kept by the elected official and a copy
filed with the communities personnel office or kept on file with the city clerks
office. Please contact Kathy Dumont in the County Managers office at 459-
2312 to book a space in this course.

                    Biddeford Recreation Department
                                           Operations Report
                                               7-21-08

     Youth & Teen:
         British Challenge Soccer Began week of 7-21.
         Safari Camp continues to move along. Location at Rotary Park has been changed to a better
            spot. July trips included Desert of Maine, Smitty’s Cinema (a rainy day trip) and Make Your
            Own Pottery.
         Kids Day Out Fishing Adventure was yet another success with some 116 youth participating.
            On Friday July 18th. The Saco Bay Yacht Club was excellent host. The kids had a terrific time
            riding the boats and catching some fish.



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            OSB Teen Camp trips to date have included Water Country and the YMCA ropes course.

   Ross Center Programs:
       Cabbage Island Trip took place on 7-18.
       50 Plus Club has approved funds to purchase new air conditioners for the Ross Center

   Parks & Fields:
       St. Louis Field Project slated to begin 7-22-08
       Al Hodson to begin inspection of Westbrook Property on July 21. Vandals hit the Mayfield
          building spray-painting the back of the building.

   Community Center:
      Handicapped ramp close to complete. Parking lot has been reopened.

   Beaches
       Two ocean guards will be lost starting July 23rd. This adds to the stress on the guard staff that is
          already short this season. Three potential guards are completing training. Surf started to subside
          on Saturday the 19th. Guards have been advising public not to go in beyond the waist on days of
          high surf and rips. Mock rescue trainings have also been taking place.
       Rotary Beach has been posted with hours of 11-7 p.m. for lifeguard coverage until additional
          staff can be found. Information of beach hours has been posted on Public Access.
       May need to reduce coverage at Middle Beach.

   Other:
       Ketch Fish a local band will be played at Mechanics Park on Wednesday July 2nd at 6:00 p.m.
          and will be playing again on July 24th. This is a free concert for the public.
       Parking at Doran Field has been restricted with the road being posted no parking.
       Tobacco Free Zones policy has been tabled indefinitely.
       C4CY Leadership Council and larger group meetings are being set so that our
          Americorp*VISTA member Aaron Lawton will be able to report out the Search Institute
          Results on the 40 developmental Asset Survey.

News From Biddeford Public Access:
1.City Theater now has a live feed. Steve Pulos set it up after problems during budget hearings. It
has to be switched manually but I'm ordering a switch through time Warner that will make it auto
detect.
2. Steve had stage lighting with lighting board, and wireless mic's installed at Intermediate School
for their access programming. We will begin classes at school again at the start of new school year.
3. Middle School feed is complete. Steve has ordered rack and equipment which should be
installed next week.

                   Congressman Tom Allen to Host Roundtable Discussion with
                             Policy Makers, Community Leaders
                                     on the Energy Crisis

                         WHAT: Energy Forums
                                     WHO: Congressman Tom Allen
                                     WHEN: Wednesday, August 6th
                         WHERE: 2:30 p.m. at the Community Center Auditorium, 189 Alfred Street, Biddeford

                         4:00 p.m. at the Portland Public Library’s
                         Rhines Auditorium, Monument Square, Portland

  Join Congressman Allen for a dialogue on energy policy and how to address the soaring costs of heating fuel and
                                                   gasoline.


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    Kindly RSVP for either of these energy forums by calling the Congressman’s office at 774-5019, or e-mailing
                                           celeste.viger@mail.house.gov




                                    _______ YOU ARE INVITED - AGAIN!
                                          Kids! Parents! Friends!

                                              Pre Festival Cleanup
                                           Bacon Street Neighborhood


 WHERE:       Meet at Canopy Park (on corner Piersons
                                         Lane and Bacon Street)

 WHEN:       Saturday, Aug. 2nd 10am – 12 noon


                            Bring gloves and rakes if you can! (Some will be provided)
This cleanup is to make our neighborhood really shine for the free festival to be held on Sunday, Aug. 3rd from
2 to 9 p.m. The festival will have free prizes, games, music, pony rides, activities and a street dance! This is a
family festival and there will be lots for the kids to do!

                           We could really use a hand in cleaning up after the storms!
                                            So please come help us!

     A FREE FOOD AND SOFT DRINK TICKET WILL BE GIVEN FOR THE FESTIVAL ON
AUGUST 3Rd


SPONSORED BY THE CITY OF BIDDEFORD IN PARTNERSHIP WITH STONE SOUP FOOD
PANTRY, JOYFUL HARVEST & ST. ANDRES CHURCH




BIDDEFORD TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS ABOUT MILL DISRICT MASTER PLAN
    The City of Biddeford is hosting its first round of public meetings for discussion about the Mill District
     Redevelopment Master Plan. To accommodate as many participants as possible, two meetings are
  scheduled. The agendas are identical, and members of the public are invited to attend either or both of
                                                  the meetings:
                                                Tuesday, August 26
                                     Biddeford City Hall Council Chambers
                                       Meeting 1: noon to 1:30 PM, and
                                             Meeting 2: 5 to 6:30 PM




A consulting team led by Crosby | Schlessinger | Smallridge of Boston is currently working on the plan.
Members of the CSS team will be leading the public meetings.

Fire Department

Week of July 14, 2008
They responded to 99 calls
66 were EMS calls


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3 vehicle accidents
4 calls for wood, grass or mulch fires
3 calls for water rescue
1 call for person stuck in a stalled elevator
3 unintentional alarms
22 other types of calls.

Assisted Saco for missing 2 year old boy.
The Fire Prevention Bureau did several business inspections.
The shifts are still doing inspections of different businesses.
We are doing CEH training with Saco.

Week of July 21, 2008

They responded to 80 calls
55 calls were EMS calls
2 vehicle accidents
3 lightening strikes
2 fuel spills
7 unintentional alarms
11 other types of calls

The Fire Prevention Bureau did several business inspections.
The shifts are still doing inspections of different businesses.
We are doing CEH training with Saco.




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