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

                                          City Managers Report
                                                 June 2, 2009
                                                John D. Bubier
                                                 City Manager
                                               Biddeford, Maine

Greg Tansley and I have been working with a group from the Mass Executive Department of Transportation
developing a program called RAIL VOLUTION. We are working in conjunction with Saco , NNEPRA and MDOT.
Saco Spirit and HOB are also in the loop. The outcome will be a Charette here in the twin cities asking the
questions of what are some outcomes of the transportation nexus in the Biddeford –Saco Region given the Rail
the Turnpike and the regional airports in Portland Biddeford and Sanford.

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree visited the Twin cities last week. She spoke to a group of 20 or so area business
and government leaders about economic development, employment and healthcare issues. She was very
responsive to the group. She was accompanied by her Development staff Jackie Potter and two staffers from the
Washington DC office.

In the “thanks for the help” category: State Budget Puts $140 Million Worth of Pressure on Property

from the Legislative Bulletin, May 29, 2009

The final state General Fund budget, which includes “supplemental” changes to the current fiscal year’s budget
(FY 09) as well as the proposed biennial budget for FY 2010 and 2011, that was enacted by the Legislature this
week and signed into law by the Governor. For municipal officials who followed the development of the budget
over the last five months, there should be no major surprises.

Here are the elements of the budget that pertain to local government. In summary, over the next two years $140
million in state support for K-12 education and property tax relief programs is being cut. The $140 million impact is
evenly split between cuts to education and cuts to municipal and property tax relief programs. The $140 million
impact is lopsidedly distributed between the two fiscal years. Approximately $30 million of the total impact will be
experienced in FY 2010 and $110 million of the impact will be felt in FY 2011. The size of the cuts to municipal
revenue sharing, the Homestead property tax exemption, and K-12 education in the second year of the biennium
are unprecedented. The 20% cut to the Circuit Breaker program is also very deep and would be unprecedented,
except that the program was whacked very hard once before in the early 1990s.

$44 million cut to Municipal Revenue Sharing. The budget makes a number of changes, both technical and
substantive, to the municipal revenue sharing program. On the technical side, the budget simplifies the calculation
of the full revenue sharing allotment as well as the system of distributing revenue sharing according to the “Rev. I”
and “Rev. II” distribution formulas. Those changes are revenue neutral.

The budget also repeals the 2% set-aside of revenue sharing that was purportedly dedicated to the Local
Government Efficiency Fund but habitually taken instead by the Legislature and fed back into the state’s General

The substantive change to revenue sharing in the budget is an $18.8 million cut to property tax relief in FY 2010
and a $25.2 million cut in FY 2011. The budget’s summary statement characterizes these “transfers” out of
revenue sharing as a 10% reduction for FY 2010 and a 15% reduction for FY 2011. The references to “10%” and
“15%” are euphemistic. After all the data settles down, it turns out that $18.8 million represents 15% of what
would be distributed to the municipalities in FY 2010 if the Legislature did not interfere with the program, and
$25.2 million represents 19% of what would be distributed to the municipalities in FY 2011.

$6.9 million cut to the Homestead Exemption in FY 2011; elimination of administrative cost
reimbursements. Although the revenue sharing cut and nearly all the other tax changes being proposed in the
budget are designed to be temporary reductions for this upcoming biennium – cuts scheduled to be fully restored
in July 2011 – that is not the case with the proposed change to the Homestead property tax exemption. The
proposal is to drop the value of the Homestead exemption 23%, from $13,000 to $10,000, beginning on April 1,
2010 and every year thereafter.

Also, when the Homestead property tax exemption was enacted in 1998, the Legislature voluntarily covered 90%
of the administrative costs associated with implementing the exemption at the local level. The annual
appropriation to cover that expense is approximately $30,000 a year. This budget includes the necessary
language to allow the Legislature to eliminate the requirement to pay for those mandated administrative costs.

$17 million cut in Circuit Breaker benefits. If the budget is enacted as proposed, for the next two years all
Circuit Breaker property tax and rent rebate benefits will be calculated as they are under current law, but then
reduced by 20%.

$12 million cut in Business Equipment Tax Reimbursements (BETR). Although not directly affecting
municipal treasuries, the budget reduces all BETR reimbursements to qualifying businesses by 10% for each of
the next two years.

$1.2 million reduction in Tree Growth reimbursements. The budget document clarifies that regardless of what
municipalities may be scheduled to receive as Tree Growth reimbursement pursuant to the so-called “90%”
reimbursement requirement, they are only entitled to receive whatever the Legislature decides to appropriate for
that purpose. All reduction in appropriation must be prorated among the municipal recipients. The budget then
deappropriates approximately $600,000 from the Tree Growth reimbursement appropriation for each year of the
biennium. The $1.2 million cut over the two-year period represents a 10% reduction in Tree Growth

$69 million cut to school subsidy in FY 2011. By back-shifting the distribution of $11 million in federal stimulus
funds from FY 2011 to FY 2010, the budget delivers the same level of school subsidy (combined state and
federal) for the upcoming fiscal year as was projected in late March when the “ED 281” subsidy projections were
sent to each school system.

The deep cut in school subsidy is scheduled for the second year out. Working from a flat-funding baseline of
$956.5 million, which was the state share of school subsidy in the current fiscal year (not counting federal
stimulus funds), the state share of school funding for FY 2011 in this budget is $887.5 million, a $69 million
reduction. For those who try to keep track of the state share of school subsidy, the budgeted levels of state
support for K-12 education are quickly dropping away from the never-achieved 55% level that the voters of Maine
directed the Legislature to achieve five years ago. Even when buttressed with the federal stimulus funding
allocated for K-12 education, the total state-plus-federal support for K-12 education for FY 2011 is projected to be
just 48.5% of the total EPS allocation. The state share by itself is projected to be just 45.5% of the total EPS

Compared to actual state-and-local spending on K-12 education, as that sum has been defined for this purpose
over the last 30 years, the state share in FY 2011 will probably represent something like 42% of the total, which is
where we were in 2002 when the initiative began to direct the state to fund K-12 education with state revenue at
the long-established 55% level.

Other education issues. There are two other K-12 education issues in the proposed budget which could have
very far-reaching impacts on the property tax.

First, the budget creates an ongoing role for the Appropriations Committee to meet over the summer and fall and
identify $30 million in additional state savings by “streamlining” state government operations. A final addition to
the charge given the Appropriations Committee was included at the very end of the budget development process.
That charge requires the Committee to review: “…the portion, if any, of the employer’s share of teacher retirement
costs, including the normal cost component and the unfunded actuarial liability that is currently funded by the
State to be included as part of the total state and local cost of essential programs and services and the portion to
be funded through the Teacher Retirement program within the Department of Education.”

In other words, the move is afoot to shift at least some of the costs of the Teacher Retirement system onto the
property tax base, including a piece of the staggering unfunded actuarial liability.

Also, another part of the budget directs the State Treasurer to convene a working group to review the unfunded
actuarial liabilities associated with the Retired Teachers Health Insurance program. The overview charge to the
working group is to identify all the governmental obligations to report the health insurance liabilities according to
the Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statements (or GASB) requirements. The working group is also
charged with recommending one or more methods and timelines for actually addressing the billion dollar-plus
unfunded actuarial liability that has been generated by this state-provided health insurance benefit to retired
school teachers.

Telecommunications Tax and the Telco Tax Study. Although it is not an issue that directly affects municipal
government, the budget holds the state-level property tax rate on interactive telecommunications personal
property at 22 mills for each year of the biennium instead of allowing that tax rate to drop down to 19 mills
according to the statutory schedule. Unlike the personal property of cable television providers, which is taxed at
the municipal level, the personal property of telephone companies and some Internet providers is taxed at the
state level at statutorily prescribed mill rates.

Because technology is blurring the line between these two types of personal property, an increasing amount of
attention is being paid to the disparate way each property is being taxed, one type at the town level at the local
municipal mill rate, the other type at the state level at the statutory rate. The budget begins to address that
disparity by directing the Taxation Committee to review the way telecommunications property is being taxed in

this state and other states and submit a report to the Legislature by January 15, 2010 that recommends changes
to the tax law to “ensure equitable tax treatment of telecommunications providers in a revenue-neutral manner”.

Code Enforcement Training. As originally proposed by the Governor, all municipal Code Enforcement Officers
would become personally responsible to pay for the training programs provided by the State Planning Office and
required in order to maintain certification. That idea got scrapped. Instead, the State Planning Office will still have
the dedicated plumbing fee revenue to train Local Plumbing Inspectors, and certain development-review revenue
to train municipal building inspectors, but if the SPO does not have sufficient revenue to provide basic CEO
training, then the required CEO training program will be suspended. During any period of time that the training
programs are suspended, the SPO will keep of registry of active CEOs that meet certain standards of
qualification, but the formal training and certification process will not be applied.

Water Quality Improvement Program. In order to help generate the revenue necessary to provide three
additional clam flat inspectors at the state level, a number of increases to certain wastewater licensing fees are
being advanced in this budget: (1) a surcharge of $15 must be added to the regular, non-engineered septic
system installation fee; (2) a $75 surcharge must be added to the annual licensing fees for each of the four
categories of “sanitary overboard discharge” systems; (3) a total of $12,000 annually must be assessed against
the municipal or district wastewater treatment facilities that have combined sewer overflow (CSO) systems that
are determined to potentially impact shellfish harvesting areas (allocated on a 3-year-average-annual-flow basis);
and (4) a total of $25,000 must be assessed against wastewater treatment facilities that discharge a treated
effluent that causes adjacent shellfish growing areas to be closed (allocated on a per-acre-of-closure basis).

Increases to Hunting/Trapping/Fishing/Boat Registration fees. Municipal clerks who act as agents of the
state with respect to the issuance of hunting and fishing licenses and boat registrations should become familiar
with the new schedule of licensing and boat registration fees, almost all of which are increased by $4 or more in
this budget.

H1N1 Flu Update: This Maine CDC Health Advisory is providing an update on the H1N1 situation in Maine as well
as some important updates from U.S. CDC. Although Maine CDC has identified and conducted case
investigations on 10 people with either confirmed or probable H1N1, other nearby states are seeing much more
of the infection, resulting in some school closures and hospitalizations. For instance, Massachusetts has over 400
confirmed cases of H1N1, mostly in the Greater Boston area, with 90% of them in people under 40 years of age.
There are currently 27 people hospitalized with the infection, and about a dozen schools have closed due to
H1N1 in Massachusetts. (http://publichealth.blog.state.ma.us/h1n1-swine-flu/). New York has also seen several
hundred confirmed cases, mostly among young people, and has had several dozen schools closed. New
Hampshire has 31 confirmed cases, with all but two under age 50

           Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days 2009

                       Get moving for your health!

It is not too late to sign up for the 9th Annual Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days program- the
              registration deadline has been extended to Monday, June 1st!

Walk 100 is a FREE community, school, and worksite based walking program aimed at either
increasing people's level of physical activity or helping to support those who are already
active. All participants receive weekly health or motivational tips and upon completion of the
program will receive an incentive prize.

 **New this year**- Conversion Chart- now count ALL your forms of physical activity
                  towards your goal of 100 miles in 100 days!!!!

                              Interested? Sign Up Today!!
WHEN:      June 15th, 2009 through September 22nd, 2009
WHERE:     Wherever you like to walk (or bike, swim, etc)
TIME:      Whenever is best for you
WHO:        EVERYBODY living or working in Arundel, Biddeford, Buxton,
           Dayton, Hollis, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Old Orchard
           Beach, and Saco.

            For more information contact Bethany Fortier at 602-3555 or bfortier@une.edu

The Chicago Tribune (5/28, Black, Dill) reports that the community of Libertyville south of Chicago "is
offering car buyers an unusual incentive to keep the business engine running in a community with 13
dealerships." People who buy or lease a new car "will receive four $25 customer gift vouchers that must
be spent at Libertyville shops by year's end." The Tribune notes that "while some argue that the $100
benefit may be too modest to make an impact, auto dealers are pleased. The village's initiative may be
the first of its kind in Illinois and is modeled after a larger incentive program in Tracy, Calif., said Pete
Sander, president of the Illinois Automobile Dealers Association." Libertyville is known for its "auto
row," which contributed $2.6 million in sales tax revenue to the village last year, "accounting for 59
percent of Libertyville's total sales-tax revenue," down from 71 percent in 2001.

>   The latest Consumer Price Index news release
>   (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cpi.pdf)
>   was issued today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Highlights are below.
>   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
>   On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI-U was unchanged in
>   April after falling 0.1 percent in March. The index for all
>   items less food and energy increased 0.3 percent in April
>   after increasing 0.2 percent in March.

The Art Van comes to Biddeford : Tuesday - July 7 to August 18
                 10 - 12 & 1 - 3, Biddeford (Mechanics Park)
                Biddeford Open Space Committee (BOSC)
                                       Minutes of May 4th meeting

Present:), Michael Viger, David Ganter, David Anderson, and Bill Durkin (Chairman), Donna Roberts, Excused:
Karin Gregory Furman (Secretary)
Guests: Marcel Polak-MEAC, Richard Rhames, Dennis Rioux
     1.   The meeting was called to order at 6:35PM by Chairman Bill Durkin.
     2.   Roll Call was taken and five out of six members were present.
     3.   The minutes from the 4/6/2009 meeting were accepted.
     4.   Topics of discussion:
             A: Money- : how to get the town to commit resources
             B: Compose a mission statement- (Draft follows)
           Protect prime open space for the benefit of a broad section of                    Biddeford
            C: Land use Acquisition
               a. Identify funding sources- grants, possibility of the Conservation Committee donating excess
                  funds from their budget
            D: Public Education and a marketing campaign

            a. committee members were assigned to projects:

               Outcomes                                          Who

Inventory of Natural Resources                  Bill Durkin - Biddeford Engineering Dept

Analysis/Prioritization                         TBD

Public Education/Outreach

Newspaper Articles/Media                        David Ganter

Workshops/Public Presentations (Maine Donna Roberts
Audubon, BWH/IF&W, DEP, etc.)

Presentation - taping sessions                  Richard Rhames

Public Surveys - questions                      David Anderson

             E: Discussed a time line for the projects:

                                            a: May - Aug 2009

                                            Start Inventory
                                        1 Public Presentations
                                            MacArthur Library
                                         Biddeford Middle School
                                                 City Hall
                                       Schedule sept-december
                                       Early Survey - questions
                                            May-June walks
                                        Sept- December 2009
                                     Public Presentations continue
                                          January-May 2010
                                            May - Aug 2010
                                        Sept - December 2010


   5. Meeting was adjourned at 8:35 and the next meeting was scheduled for June 1st @        6:30PM at
      the fire station.

         There is a Maine Clean Communities Breakfast meeting scheduled for this Wednesday, June 3,
         2009 at 8:30 a.m.

   6.    Please note: This meeting will be held at United   Technologies Center, 200 Hogan Road
         in Bangor
   8. (You can now access the agenda and meeting minutes by going to the Maine Clean Communities website
       by clicking here.)
   11. NOTE: Please RSVP to let us know your attendance plans. Reply to smcintyre@gpcog.org
Following are the highlights from our Departments activities for the reporting period.

Vehicle Maintenance
     Regularly scheduled Preventive Maintenance
     Repairs of day to day breakdowns and damages
Street Maintenance Division
     Pothole patching & pavement repairs
     Sign maintenance / replacement / repair
     Screen compost
     Street Sweeping
     Cross walk painting, pavement markings & centerline painting
     Roadside ditching
     Set up & tear down voting booths
     Rip Rap installation – Pierson Lane
     Snow dump maintenance
     Truck / equipment cleaning and checks
Solid Waste Division
     Curbside waste collection
     Double run collection day – post holiday
     Recycling / transfer station operations
     Screen compost
Parks Maintenance Division
     Downtown maintenance / cleanup
     Beach / parks trash collection
     Set up athletic fields
     Mow athletic fields, & parks
     Rotary Park water line repair
     Fence repair – sidewalk plowing damage

    Check and clean equipment
Cemetery Maintenance Division
    Mowing & trimming
    1 burial
Wastewater Maintenance Division
    Operations / maintenance Bidd. Pool Treatment Plant
    Operations / maintenance pump stations
    CSO inspections
    Catch basin maintenance and clearing
    Sewer repairs – Orchard Street
    Hill Street manhole repairs

        Cable Committee next Meeting is: June 15, 4:30PM City Managers office

                                        Biddeford Recreation Department
                                               Operations Report
Youth & Teens

       On May 13th Larina Forney and Laura Martel Teen Center members presented at the Coastal Healthy Communities
        Coalition Annual Meeting at UNE. The two young ladies did an outstanding job speaking in large part on their anti
        tobacco activities. The two had recently attended the Stop Quit Resist Summit in Augusta.
       On Thursday May 28th the Teen Center held its annual party for Teen Center members of the graduating class. Some
        of the teens spent Wednesday baking and preparing food for the event.
       Safari Camp Staff has been hired based on 08 staffing levels. This year we are participating in a e-training for camp
        staff as a supplement to our normal training week.

Adult Programs

       Men’s softball season is under way.

Ross Center/50 Plus

       Cape Cod trip went well with 22 participants.
       13 Registrants for Arts& Crafts.

Parks & Fields

       Dog Park Committee met on May 21st to discuss site location and begin development of a budget to begin
        fundraising activity.
       May 28th public meeting was held in council chambers for review of the Rotary Park proposed master plan. This was
        an opportunity for the public to ask questions of the architects.

Community Center

       In process of labeling the outer doors for increased EMS recognition.

       Center gym was tied up Wednesday-Friday morning for School Budget voting. All went well on the Community
        Center front.

       Teen Center was used by BHS LAX for their year end events.
       Recreation Commission met on May 20th. Minutes are attached
       Lifeguard testing took place on Sunday May 31 st.
       Canoes were used by Ferry Beach Ecology School for yearly river clean-up on May 30th.
        I came across a citizen who was taking the time to cleanup the small fenced in area in front of Emory School. He
        was doing this because folks in the neighborhood have been using this area to exercise their dogs. This gentleman
        spent a part of two days taking pride in his com

                                              Recreation Commission
                                                  May 20, 2009

In attendance: Ron LaFlamme, Robert Labranche, Mike Gratello (Chair), HOB guest, Tammy
Ackerman, Rachael Weyand, Brian Schrader, Paulette Millette, Joan, Councilor Mills, Carl Walsh.

       Heart of Biddeford Presentation: HOB is requesting support for a sculpture to be placed in a
        downtown park. It was unanimous that Mechanics Park would be the best location. Discussion
        on the limitations of Mechanics Park due to the holding tank below ground. Suggestion on using
        the piece that will connect the former CMP piece with Mechanics Park in its current form.
       Acceptance of February & March Minutes: Accepted.
       Request for variance from Maine Games: Group voted to accept the contribution of $200 to
        waive all other fees for this event with the stipulation the 200 covers the direct cost of the event.
        Actual payment must at the minimum cover all direct cost.
       Request to consider day change for Commission Meetings: group voted to change the day to
        Monday. Updated schedule is included with these minutes.
       Follow up Policy Committee Results: Smoking policy and dog park policies have passed.
       Budget Results: Reduction in this years operating budget from 525,206 (a zero percent increase
        from the 09 budget to 518,306 a reduction of 6,900. Also the 5,000 for Rotary Park Trails was
       Teen Tobacco Summit: Three teens attended this year’s summit held in Augusta.
       Field Scheduling Issue: As a result of a conflict with a BMS auditorium event and scheduled
        field event the school will be scheduling their own fields again come the end of this school year.
       Other: Discussion on Westbrook Skating Rink, Robert Labranche updated the group on the
        progress to date. The Knights and Masons will continue to operate the ice. Members still have
        concern over the cities responsibility regarding the handicapped access to the lower level of the
        property. A master plan will also have to be considered.
       Our thoughts are with Commission Member Heidi Tucker and her family. We are sorry for your

                                     Next Meeting Monday June 15 6:30 p.m.

                                           BILLS ENACTED--Public Laws

                                              Signed by the Governor
                                              Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ch. 181 - An Act To Allow Limited Information Sharing in Domestic Violence Cases. (H.P. 260, L.D. 324)

Ch. 182 - An Act To Establish the Civil Violation of Motor Vehicle Violation Resulting in Death. (H.P. 329, L.D.

Ch. 183 - An Act Regarding Political Signs. (H.P. 204, L.D. 258)

Ch. 184 - An Act To Exempt Snowmobiles and All-terrain Vehicles Operated at Demonstration Events from the
Requirement of a Maine Registration. (H.P. 452, L.D. 638)

Ch. 185 - An Act To Ensure Adequate Insurance Coverage for Family Child Care Providers. (H.P. 614, L.D. 896)

Ch. 186 - An Act To Allow Authorized Agents to Process Moose Hunting Lottery Applications and Antlerless Deer
Permit Applications. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 560, L.D. 824)

Ch. 187 - An Act Regarding Claims for Civil Perjury. (H.P. 486, L.D. 703)

Ch. 188 - An Act To Allow Lobster License Exemptions to Persons with Certain Medical Criteria. (H.P. 697, L.D.

Ch. 189 - An Act To Require the Disclosure of Insurance Policy Limits to an Injured Party. (S.P. 362, L.D. 979)

Ch. 190 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Campaign Finance Reports and the Maine Clean Election Act.
(S.P. 380, L.D. 1016)

                                              Signed by the Governor
                                               Friday, May 22, 2009

Ch. 191 - An Act To Establish the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 190,
L.D. 236)

Ch. 192 - An Act To Amend Certain Laws Related to the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources,
Division of Quality Assurance and Regulation. (H.P. 308, L.D. 420)

Ch. 193 - An Act To Clarify the Duties of Municipal Treasurers, Clerks and Tax Collectors. (H.P. 267, L.D. 331)

Ch. 194 - An Act To Eliminate the Repeal Date on Nonhospital Expenditures in the Capital Investment Fund.
(EMERGENCY) (S.P. 80, L.D. 239)

Ch. 195 - An Act To Promote Cost-effective and Broad-based Vision Care for Maine Citizens by Clarifying the
Scope of Prescription Authority by an Optometrist. (S.P. 258, L.D. 683)

Ch. 196 - An Act To Provide the Office of Chief Medical Examiner Access to Controlled Substances Prescription
Monitoring Program Data for the Purpose of Conducting Cause of Death Investigations. (H.P. 437, L.D. 623)

Ch. 197 - An Act To Facilitate the Marketing of Power Produced by Small Generators. (H.P. 769, L.D. 1114)

                                              Signed by the Governor
                                              Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Ch. 198 - An Act To Increase Child Support Collection by Expanding the New Hire Reporting Requirements. (S.P.
96, L.D. 300)

Ch. 199 - An Act To Amend the Retail Tobacco and Liquor Licensing Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 165, L.D. 462)

Ch. 200 - An Act To Protect the Integrity of the State's Carbon Dioxide Budget Trading Program and Auction
Process and To Provide Allocations to the Energy and Carbon Savings Trust Fund. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 93, L.D.

Ch. 201 - An Act To Enhance the Safety of Forestry Workers and Contracted Farm Workers. (EMERGENCY) (H.P.
133, L.D. 154)

Ch. 202 - An Act To Exempt Protection from Abuse Orders from the Notification and 30-day Waiting Period
Requirements under the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 563, L.D. 827)

Ch. 203 - An Act To Change the Maine HIV Advisory Committee. (H.P. 596, L.D. 865)

Ch. 204 - An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Child Abuse and Neglect Councils. (H.P. 882, L.D. 1263)

Ch. 205 - An Act To Allow Law Enforcement Officers To Obtain a Personal Recognizance Bond in Certain Cases.
(H.P. 419, L.D. 581)

Ch. 206 - An Act To Improve Children's Safety in Public Swimming Pools. (H.P. 804, L.D. 1165)

Ch. 207 - An Act Relating to Sales Tax on Certain Trailers. (H.P. 624, L.D. 906)

Ch. 208 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Legislative Ethics. (S.P. 365, L.D. 982)

Ch. 209 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Outdoor Wood Boilers. (H.P. 810, L.D. 1171)

Ch. 210 - An Act To Designate July 12th as Wyeth Day. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 979, L.D. 1400)

                                             Signed by the Governor
                                            Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Ch. 211 - An Act To Recognize Maine Youth Camps. (S.P. 182, L.D. 479)

Ch. 212 - An Act To Clarify the Law Regarding the Passing of School Buses by Bicyclists. (S.P. 422, L.D. 1131)

                                             Private and Special Laws

                                             Signed by the Governor
                                              Friday, May 22, 2009

Ch. 17 - An Act Concerning Advanced Directives To Give Effect to a Person's End-of-life Health Care Decisions.
(H.P. 714, L.D. 1039)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Ch. 18 - An Act To Revise the Charter of the Portland Water District. (H.P. 815, L.D. 1176)


                                             Signed by the Governor
                                             Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ch. 63 - Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources To Develop Best
Management Practices for Poultry Production. (S.P. 267, L.D. 692)

Ch. 64 - Resolve, Authorizing Certain Land Transactions by the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and
Lands. (H.P. 797, L.D. 1158) (Governor's Bill)

                                             Signed by the Governor
                                              Friday, May 22, 2009

Ch. 65 - Resolve, To Provide Grants to Public Educational and Municipal Entities for Feasibility Studies of
Renewable Energy Projects. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 949, L.D. 1348)

Ch. 66 - Resolve, To Create a Working Group To Provide Transparency Concerning Operating Expenses for
Hospitals. (S.P. 273, L.D. 724)

                                             Signed by the Governor
                                             Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Ch. 67 - Resolve, To Direct the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services To
Implement Strategies To Increase the Provision of Oral Health Screenings to Preschool Children and Children
Entering School. (H.P. 84, L.D. 100)

Ch. 68 - Resolve, To Review the Maine Registry of Certified Nursing Assistants. (H.P. 608, L.D. 877)

Ch. 69 - Resolve, Regarding New Utility Line Extension Construction. (H.P. 670, L.D. 968)

Ch. 70 - Resolve, To Study Safety Measures Relating to Open Trenches and Excavations. (H.P. 756, L.D. 1094)

                                            Signed by the Governor
                                           Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Ch. 71 - Resolve, To Require a Study of Economic Development Incentives in the Unorganized Territory. (S.P.
426, L.D. 1154)

(Chaptered copies of the above measures may be obtained from the Engrossing Department, Room 106, State
House, 7 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0007, Ph. 207-287-1649.)

                       BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2009

L.D. 1482, H.P. 1035
An Act to Amend Mercury Standards for Air Emission Sources. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on
Natural Resources pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, section 585-B, subsection 6.)

L.D. 1483, H.P. 1036
An Act To Stimulate the Maine Economy by Making Funds Available to First-time Home Buyers To Allow Them
To Take Advantage of the Federal First-time Home Buyer Tax Credit. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by
Representative CLEARY of Houlton)

L.D. 1484, H.P. 1037
An Act Regarding the Central Voter Registration System. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Legal
and Veterans Affairs pursuant to Joint Order 2009, H.P. 1030.)

(Copies of the Bills may be obtained from the Document Room, First Floor, State House, Augusta, Maine 04333-
0002 - Ph: 207-287-1408. Bill text, bill status and roll call information is also available on the Internet at
http://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/search.asp. The Weekly Legislative Report is available on the
Internet at the House home page http://www.maine.gov/legis/house under the "Documents & Lists" link.)

The Biddeford Planning Board’s Preliminary Recommendation regarding Coastal Shoreland Zoning is now
available online at www.biddefordmaine.org/planning. Follow the link to Shoreland Zoning and then scroll
down to access the recommendation. Unfortunately, time has not been on our side this week so the maps
won’t be available until Monday June 1.

Please read the Planning Board Chair’s introductory letter and invitation for public comment over the next three
weeks, with the written Public Comment period to end June 19, 2009. Following that, the Board is expected
reconvene and review all written comments and finalize what it will send forward to a Public Hearing.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

                           COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE-Report

                                            Week Ending 5/29/2009

    1. Downtown Facade Improvement Program Year 2 (continuing)
       The facade is continuing but winding down for outside projects until next spring. There is still some
       funding available. The following are the projects and their progress to date:

        12 Water Street – Lacava building – COMPLETE

        32 Alfred Street- COMPLETE

        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 Alfred Street – Goodwill building- COMPLETE

        180 Main Street – Courier Building COMPLETE

        118 Alfred Street - COMPLETE

        55-65 Main Street- COMPLETE

        165 Main Street – Going under contract (Taste of Tampa)

        A report to the City Council will be made when all Year 2 projects are complete.

        Downtown Facade Improvement Program Year 3 Begins

        While projects are finishing up this spring in Year 2 of the program, a workshop was held in February at
        the Heart of Biddeford Office to inform potential participants about applying and using Facade
        Improvement Program funds for their façade improvements beginning in Year 3. Applications were
        accepted beginning March 9th and to date 6 applications have been received. More are expected. The
        Facade Improvement Committee has met and is working with all five applicants for facade
        improvements. They are:

     140 Main Street – Owner Steve Ebling and business Owner Pamela Francis – Bebe’s Burritos and Cantina
     – facade improvements and Bebe’s expansion

     2 Main Street – Doug Sanford – possible signage for small businesses in mill

     41 Main Street – Gregory Theriault – One Stop Mini Moving & Storage – signage and removal of siding

     128 Main Street – Doug Sanford – Anytime Antiques Store – New storefront

     180 Main Street – David and Carolyn Flood – Courier Building – COMPLETE

     49 Center Street – Daniel Adams – facade improvements – Going under contract

2. Housing Assessment
     The document has been distributed.

3. Programs and Activities (continuing)
      a. Cleaves Street sidewalk construction has resumed.
      b. Alfred Street Sidewalk Project will resume soon.
      c. Pierson Lane Playground – The additional piece of equipment has been ordered.
      d. Southern Maine Agency on Aging Elder Advocate Program continuing.
      e. Time Bank program monitored and closed. Funding was reallocated to Community Dental.
      f. ArtVan Program complete and monitored.
      g. Cannon Park Project sidewalks are complete.
      h. The Community Center Ramp Project is complete.
      i. Maine Way, Inc. Representative Payee Program is serving numerous clients with budgeting
          needs and is receiving many additional calls for assistance.
4. New 5-Year Consolidated Plan and Year 1 Action Plan (continuing)
   Our Consolidated Plan is on track as well as our Year 1 Action Plan.

5.    Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
     We have received word from HUD that our CAPER document was reviewed and accepted as complete
     for last year’s Action Plan (Year 3).

6. Neighborhood Revitalization (continuing)
     The 4th Annual Bacon Street Neighborhood Spring Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, June 6th
     on Bacon Street from 1 to 3 p.m. with a barbeque to follow. The community garden and flower
     boxes are scheduled to be planted on Sunday, June 14th from 1 to 3 p.m. Planning for the 2nd
     Annual Bacon Street Festival is in full force and the festival will be held on Sunday, August 2nd
     from 2 to 8 p.m. on Bacon Street.

7. Biddeford Microenterprise Group (continuing)

     Another meeting was held on March 31st. The group will resume meetings in the fall and will be
     working to bring speakers into the meetings to enhance discussions.

8.   HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Program Funds (NSP) (continuing)

    No bids were received for an appraiser. I will be searching for a couple of estimates from recommended

9. HUD Designated Neighborhood Revitalization Strategic Area (NRSA) (continuing)
   At the HUD Leadership Course I discussed the importance of a designating the Bacon Street area and St.
   Joseph’s area as NRSAs with the City of Cambridge Community Development Director. He is giving me
   guidance on the process, documents and timeline. These designations would make it easier to comply
   with HUD regulations when implementing social services, community and economic development
   activities, and would have benefits when we receive the Neighborhood Stabilization Funds if used in
   these areas. I will present these potential designations to the Council when I have all the information.

10. Biddeford High School Students
    The students conducted a City-wide cleanup on May 21st with approximately 150 students. They will be
    making a presentation to the Council.

11. Year 2 Action Plan
    The plan has been submitted to HUD.

12. Impediments To Fair Housing Committee
   HUD has required that an analysis be conducted considering impediments to fair housing in Biddeford.
   This is a requirement of the City as an Entitlement community and will be included in our Year 2 Action
   Plan. HUD has played a lead role in administering the Fair Housing Act since its adoption in 1968. This is
   an informal committee that will be giving input and information so that I can compile the document and
   comply with the requirements. A survey was distributed as well to a sampling of citizens. 52 surveys
   were returned and tallied.

    I spoke to the Council regarding this document when they adopted another document last year that
    HUD stated would suffice until we had more time to assemble more detailed information. Those
    helping me on the committee are Greg Tansley, City Planner, Vicky Edgerly, Director of Health and
    Welfare, Deborah Seavey, Biddeford Housing Authority, Seth Harkness, Property Owner, Landlord,
    Susan Lessard, Biddeford Savings Bank, Cat Janson, YCAP and CAC member and Laura Kass, Counseling
    Services Inc. There will be approximately 4 to 5 meetings total and then the group will disband. The
    first meeting was held on February 24th at 9 a.m. in Council Chambers. The second meeting was held on
    March 26th. The group is compiling data, identification of fair housing issues, identification of barriers to
    fair housing, and has now identified 8 issues they feel are important in dealing with fair housing. They
    will eventually prioritize these issues and develop strategies to overcome impediments. These will be
    presented to the City Council for review, input and approval.

13. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
    The Substantial Amendment and plan were approved by Council on May 19th and the final documents
    have been submitted to HUD. The Environmental Review has gone to the Maine Historic Preservation

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                              featuring Ryan Low and Lance Boucher, of the Maine Economic Recovery Office,
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Biddeford Open Space Committee

Agenda - JUNE 1, 2009 - 6:30 PM – Central Firehouse Conference Rm

1. Introductions

2. Review and approve 5.04.09 meeting minutes

3. Updates on :

        Greenprinting idea - Marcel

        City Riverwalk - Bill

        Clair Property Walk - Mike

        Timber Point (Rachel Carson NWR) - Bill

3. Report from each members "assignment / task"

    (Karin needs one ..)

4. Open Space Planning --- finalize the MIsson Statement

5. Methods of engaging City Council / Mayor / City Manager

6. Additions to the agenda

7. Adjourn


Tax Reform Resurfaces

from the Legislative Bulletin, May 29, 2009

In early April the Taxation Committee held a public hearing on LD 1088, An Act to Modernize the Tax Laws and
Provide over $75,000,000 to Residents of the State in Tax Relief. The bill is the vehicle for comprehensive tax
reform in 2009. In a variation from the normal process, LD 1088 went underground after its public hearing for
nearly two months, and just resurfaced this week for the first Committee work sessions. During that seven-week
period, and even as this is being written, a number of adjustments were and are being drafted by the bill’s chief
architect, Rep. John Piotti of Unity. The changes address technical and substantive issues that were raised at the
public hearing, and also address the fact that the negative economy and ever-shifting state revenue picture have
changed the quantifiable scope of the legislation in terms of dollars.

Simply put, LD 1088 expands the sales tax base, increases two sales tax rates and establishes a special real
estate transfer tax that applies to the sale of high-value residences. In combination these changes generate an
additional $120 million a year for the state. At the same time, LD 1088 reduces the income tax rate by two full
percentage points, from 8.5% to 6.5%, which reduces state tax revenue by $120 million a year.

Sales tax changes. For more specifics, the bill expands the base of the general (5%) sales tax by applying that
rate to a variety of services that have previously been excluded from the sales tax, such as “amusement,
entertainment and recreation” services (ski lift tickets, golf fees, movie tickets, etc.), “installation, repair or
maintenance” services (labor costs to repair all types of household personal property, shoes, jewelry, clothing,
lawn and garden equipment, labor on car repair, etc.), “personal property” services (laundry, car washing, pet
services, interior decoration, non-business-related storage and warehousing, etc.); and certain transportation
services (limousine and courier services, but not general taxicab services).

The bill also increases the meals and lodging tax from 7% to 8.5%, and the sales tax on short-term auto rentals
from 10% to 15%.

In addition to the .44% real estate transfer tax that is currently applied to the sales price of any real estate, LD
1088 applies a .56% additional transfer tax rate to the value of a sale of residential property that exceeds

$500,000. For example, under the terms of LD 1088, if a single family residence is sold for $600,000, the .44%
transfer tax would apply to the first $500,000 in value and a 1% rate would apply to the $100,000 of value that
exceeds the $500,000 threshold.

Income tax changes. As indicated, the $120 million generated by the sales tax changes is offset by reducing the
income tax rate from 8.5% to 6.5%, a goal which many people in certain business and economic development
communities believe needs to be achieved in order to attract entrepreneurial activity to the state.

The 6.5% rate might at first appear as a “flat tax” because 6.5% of the household’s federally adjusted gross
income (AGI) would be the starting point in every individual or household’s income tax calculation. To put it
another way, 6.5% of the AGI would represent the filer’s maximum exposure to the state income tax. In
conjunction with the single tax rate, however, a system of tax credits replace the current system of both standard
and itemized deductions, so that Maine resident taxpayers can subtract the value of the credits they qualify for
from the 6.5%-based tax obligation. The application of the credits allows the structure of progressivity in the
current state income tax to be retained. As a result, even though the nominal income tax rate would be set at
6.5% for all filers, the effective income tax rate for the vast majority of Maine residents would be less than 6.5%,
and increasingly less than 6.5% the lower the household income. These tax credits phase out as household
income increases. The level of income where credit phase-out begins depends on the structure of the filing
household. For example, the basic “household credit” for individuals filing joint returns would be $1,200. That
credit would phase out at the rate of $1.50 for every $100 of household income that exceeds $56,000.

Property tax changes. There are no property tax changes in LD 1088. In that sense, there is a two-dimensional
aspect to this tax reform proposal from the municipal point of view. Although the bill: (1) does a good job of
achieving improved balance between the sales tax and income tax burdens; (2) effectively pushes approximately
$50 million of burden off of Maine residents in the process; and (3) undoubtedly improves the stability of sales tax
revenue by expanding its base, the state’s heavy reliance on the property tax is not addressed in this bill. The
only property tax element of LD 1088, which was not a part of the original bill, is found in a set of proposed
amendments to the “Circuit Breaker” program.

Circuit Breaker changes. A major addition to LD 1088 since the bill was given its public hearing is a sweeping
set of amendments to the Circuit Breaker property tax and rent program. “Circuit Breaker” provides financial
rebates to qualifying applicants if it is determined that their property taxes or their annual rent payments exceed
4% of their income. The goal of the LD 1088 amendments is to merge the Circuit Breaker application process with
the state income tax filing process. The proponents of these changes believe that if the two filing procedures were
aligned, more people who are eligible for Circuit Breaker benefits would be made aware of those benefits and
apply for them.

Although it may seem a simple task to align the Circuit Breaker application process with the income tax filing
process, it turns out to be quite complicated. Currently, a person can file an application for Circuit Breaker benefits
in August with respect to the property tax or rent obligation and household income of the previous calendar year.
Income tax filings can begin in January and are (generally) concluded in April, and also pertain to the previous
calendar year’s data. For years there has been some resistance to unifying the two programs administratively
because their separation tends to balance the year-long administrative workload at Maine Revenue Services. In
addition, the definition of “income” for income tax purposes is different from the definition of “income” for Circuit
Breaker purposes, and so the analytic and data verification procedures for the two programs are very different.
Finally, if the distribution of approximately $45 million in Circuit Breaker benefits is going to be done 6 months
before it is done presently, the state would need to have $45 million more in that fiscal year than would otherwise
be in the state budget; that is, the state appropriations for Circuit Breaker would have to double for that year.

With all that in mind, the changes in the Circuit Breaker program that are now found in LD 1088 are as follows:

Current law defines the Circuit Breaker “homestead” as the principal residence and the first 10 acres of land, so
the property taxes that are paid on all acreage in excess of 10 acres is not recognized as a property tax obligation
when calculating the Circuit Breaker benefit. LD 1088 does away with that standard, so all the property taxes on

the homestead property count toward eligibility regardless of how large the house lot upon which the residence is

Current law requires certain types of real-life income to be added back into the base amount of Maine “adjusted
gross income” before the calculation of eligibility for Circuit Breaker benefits. LD 1088 eliminates some of those
“add backs”, including: (a) all income earned by minor dependents in the household; (b) all inheritance income;
and (c) the following forms of non-taxable “add-back” income if the aggregate annual income from these sources
does not exceed $5,000: life insurance proceeds; jury duty payments, alimony payments, prizes and awards, and
lawsuit awards. These categories of income would be sheltered from the Circuit Breaker eligibility determination.

With respect to the timing of application and timing of distribution issues, LD 1088 attempts to phase-in the

With respect to the application period beginning on August 1 this year (dealing with eligibility during calendar year
2008), there would be no change to current law. The application may be filed between August 1, 2009 and May
31, 2010.

With respect to the application period beginning August 1, 2010 (dealing with eligibility during calendar year
2009), the application period would be shortened to the August 1, 2010 – November 15, 2010 time period.

On January 1, 2011, the application year would begin with respect to calendar year 2010 eligibility.

In round numbers, the administrative and income-eligibility changes to the Circuit Breaker program will cost the
state approximately $800,000 more each year, which the proponents would like to fold into the fiscal note of LD
1088. The increase in the ongoing annual costs of the Circuit Breaker associated with more people applying for
benefits, which is the primary goal of all these changes, is projected at $6 million a year. Those increased costs
fall outside of the upcoming biennium.

Conclusion. It is hard to know where all of this tax reform legislation is headed. There is pressure on the
Committee to make its recommendations to the full Legislature quickly, within the next few days. There are a lot of
moving parts and the background information (e.g., economic data, impacts of the recently enacted state budget,
etc.) necessary to calculate the impacts of these changes with precision seems to be in a state of motion as well.
Tax reform is difficult enough. The task is that much more difficult in a rushed and uncertain environment.

        Laura Dunn featured at North Dam Mill
        for Biddeford's May ArtWalk

        Combining some never before shown in Maine work with more recent pieces, Laura Dunn
        will be in the main hallway of the North Dam Mill.

        EyeSun Massage & Eclections will be featuring the second installment of "The Ubiquitous
        Image" by local artist, Nancy Kureth. The weavings by artists/participants of Thacher Brook
        Center, a fundamental life skills program for individuals with disabilities, will also be on
        display and for sale to benefit the center. Nora Tryon's studio is open and she will be
        showing her latest work.

        Downtown, lovingAnvil is having a great sale. LACAVA is showing leather work by Bonnie
        and Tim of Kilconn Creations. Flamenco guitar and treats at Oh Baby! Cafe.

       Visit Biddeford ArtWalk's web site for a complete listing of this month's participating venues.
       See you tonight!

Turnout very disappointing :


      the School Budget Validation Referendum question passed at yesterday’s election! The Budget
did pass. The break down of total votes cast is: 220 in favor; 115 opposed; and one blank ballot.
There were a total of 336 votes cast in this election.

The Legislature passed a Resolve calling for the creation of a stakeholder group
charged with evaluating the options and actions available to Maine people and
businesses to prepare for and adapt to the most likely impacts of climate change. The
Department of Environmental Protection is leading this effort.

The DEP must ensure that a balance of interests is represented in decision making. The
department may ask the University of Maine and other higher education institutions to
provide scientific and technical expertise to the stakeholder group.

The basis of the stakeholder group's work is a 2009 climate impact assessment by the
University of Maine that identifies the options available to Maine people and
businesses for adapting to the likely environmental effects of climate change. A link
to     the     University's     assessment     is     attached    to    this     email
(http://www.memun.org/public/MMA/svc/SFR/Maines_Climate_Future.pdf). The conclusion of
that assessment is that more thorough planning is necessary to identify and implement
the State's responses to climate change in the areas of:

1. Ensuring sustainable opportunities for the development of greenhouse gas offset
projects and low-greenhouse gas emission          technologies and processes in the
various sectors of Maine's economy;

2. Built infrastructure, including coastal and inland flooding effects on roads and
facilities, heat effects in urban centers and beach       scouring;

3. Habitat and fish and wildlife species, including the effects of invasive species, a
lack of adequate conservation areas, a lack of       connectivity between habitat and
wildlife and inadequate wetlands protection;

4. Marine ecosystems;

5. Forests and forest management practices, including a higher incidence of pests and
fires and a lack of biomass availability;

6. Agricultural and farming practices;

7. Human health, including increases in heat-related and vector-borne diseases;

8. Water supplies and drinking water; and

9. Emergency response systems and planning.

The DEP is to provide its report to the Natural Resources Committee by February 27,

  The Stakeholder Group is forming 4 working groups focused on:

1.      Built Environment (economy, infrastructure, transportation)
2.      Social Environment (health, tourism & recreation, emergency response)
3.      Natural Environment (forests, farms, eco-systems, water resources)
4.      Coastal Environment (eco-systems, fisheries, special infrastructure, estuaries)

            The coordinating committee of the stakeholder group has held its initial
meeting and it appears that additional municipal input is both needed and welcome -
particularly on the working groups which are going to begin meeting in early June.

            Municipal officials, particularly planners, public works directors and
elected officials with an interest in serving on this stakeholder group should contact
Jeffrey Austin at MMA (jaustin@memun.org or 1-800-452-8786) no later than June 3rd.

We've had a couple of inquiries about clarifying the status of the Statewide Mutual Aid Agreement, and you may
have also had some from your constituents.

The legislation to put the Agreement into effect for the whole state, negating the need for towns to adopt it
separately, was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor last week. Because the Legislature added
an emergency clause, it went into effect when the Governor signed it. He will be holding a ceremonial signing to
draw attention to the measure, but it is already in effect, as Public Law Chapter 175.

The enabling legislation will become section 784-B of Title 37-B. You will not see the language there until the
Revisor's office updates the online statutes, later this year.

In the meantime Public Law 175 can be viewed or downloaded here:


The full Agreement is posted on the MEMA website (http://www.maine.gov/mema) , third item in the "Spotlight"
section on the front page.

Registration has begun for the 2009 Maine Beaches Conference!
Register online at


or call 207-581-1435

$25 by June 26; $30 after that date

$15 for students

Special rates for beach monitoring volunteers.

The complete program, abstracts, and biographies can be found at the PROGRAM link at

Please contact Kristen Grant, Maine Sea Grant and UMaine Cooperative Extension for more
information kngrant@maine.edu or 207-646-1555 x115

                                     2009 MAINE BEACHES CONFERENCE
                                           Valuing Maine’s Beaches:
                           Assets, Challenges, and Actions for Today and Tomorrow
                                                 July 10, 2009
                                     Southern Maine Community College
                                              South Portland, ME
                                              8:30 am – 4:00 pm
                                          registration begins at 7:45 am

 The Maine Beaches Conference provides continuing opportunities for communication and exchange of the most
current information among beach stakeholders with diverse interests and presents findings from the state's beach
                                           monitoring programs.

York County Managers Assn Develops A Proposal for a Strategic Plan to Improve Advocacy Efforts on
                                 Behalf of York County within
                                   Maine State Government
                 Presented to the York County Town Managers Association by

                                              Maine Tomorrow

                                                May 19, 2009


York County contains 15.7% of the population of Maine. It is the region that connects Maine to the rest of New
England and the nation. Policy makers in Augusta should recognize the special situation and potential of York
County and its communities. Unfortunately, York County is too often seen as an affluent region with close ties
to Massachusetts, a region less in need of state support than some other parts of the state.

You have seen this perception put into practice recently in several ways. The Maine DOT has not provided
leadership in finding the necessary resources to renovate the Kittery Memorial Bridge. When the initial bids
came in well above budget, the DOT responded by questioning whether renovating the bridge was even the best
alternative. When the DOT developed plans for using federal recovery funds they chose to spend only a small
amount in York County. Economic development proposals often focus on the rural parts of the state, despite
the fact that SMRPC reports York County has lost 1400 manufacturing jobs in the past year.

Town officials (managers, selectpersons, councilors, etc.) regularly communicate with the local State
Representatives and Senators about issues of interest to their community. However, most of these
efforts are isolated and not coordinated with other York County Communities. Within the Legislature,
the York County Delegation seldom if ever works in a coordinated fashion to achieve mutual goals.
Unlike members from some other counties, they seldom act together in the best interests of the
County. Similarly, York County elected officials seldom speak with one voice to the Legislature or the
Executive Branch.

Scope of Work

Strategic Plan

The goal of this project is to create a Strategic Plan for York County town managers and municipal
officials to improve the County’s advocacy efforts in Augusta.

Maine Tomorrow recommends that the York County Managers convene two meetings of their full
membership as part of this project. The purpose of the first meeting will be to review the goals the
Strategic Plan is intended to achieve. It is anticipated these goals will fall into 3 discrete areas:


Identify the organizational infrastructure necessary to achieve the County’s goals. This will likely
include a functioning and active York County legislative delegation and a York County Legislative Policy

Outreach to State Government

Develop a long-term plan for outreach to state government regarding County priorities. This will
include regular meetings with the County legislative delegation, encouraging County legislators to seek
leadership posts and key committee chairs within the Legislature, and identifying goals for legislative


Identifying issues that the communities within the County can agree to advance together. Specifically,
the group will seek to identify approximately five discrete and achievable goals that the County
delegation can be asked to achieve in 2010.

The following potential issues/goals for collected action have been suggested and will be reviewed at
the first meeting:


       Funding for Specific Projects
               Route 109 from Wells to Sanford/Acton/Route 125
               Route 111 from Biddeford to Sanford
               Memorial Bridge in Kittery
               Biddeford, Sanford, and Wells Triangle Study with DOT
               KACTS South Berwick Bypass Study
       Policy – Require review of DOT urban compact zones when funding for maintenance of state
       Alternate Modes – Eastern Trail completion

Education Funding/Policy

       Gatsby 45 Shift of costs to Schools
       Industrial School for Sanford

Economic Development - Get SMRPC the EDA designation for York County

Improve York County’s Relationship with State Government

       Create a formal County Legislative Delegation
       Improve outreach to the Executive Branch
       Groom legislators for leadership posts
       Focus the energy of town managers and elected officials on outreach around specific items
       Reach out to gubernatorial candidates in 2010
Organization of Municipal/County Officials

       Create a small York County Legislative Policy Committee
       Create a performance measure for allocation of state funds to York County
Organization/Administration of County Government

       Change state law to require appointment of all County department heads

       Regional cooperation for a shared information technology center
       The proper role of regional planning and regional assessing
       Adding SMRPC to the County planning process
       Establishing a regional office of GIS
Following the first meeting, Maine Tomorrow will work with a small steering committee to consider
the results of the meeting and develop a draft Strategic Plan. The plan will set forth a proposed
organization for the County’s advocacy efforts, a plan for outreach to the County legislative delegation
and the executive branch, a list of achievable issues to be addressed in 2010, and long-term goals of
the advocacy effort.

Once completed, the draft Strategic Plan will be reviewed and discussed at a second meeting of the
Managers from throughout the County. Finally, Maine Tomorrow will deliver a completed and final
Strategic Plan.


June 2009 – Convening of the first County Managers meeting

July and August 2009 – Drafting of the Strategic Plan

September 2009 – Second County Managers meeting and delivery of the final Strategic Plan


Maine Tomorrow proposes to complete this work within a budget of $5,000.

                                MAY 25, 2009-Public Works Department
Following are the highlights from our Departments activities for the reporting period.

Vehicle Maintenance
     Regularly scheduled Preventive Maintenance
     Repairs of day to day breakdowns and damages
Street Maintenance Division
     Pothole patching & pavement repairs
     Sign maintenance / replacement / repair
     Screen compost & reclaim material
     Street Sweeping
     Repair plow damage areas
     Cross walk painting & pavement markings
     Road centerline painting
     Gravel Roads maintenance – grading
     Distribute downtown planters
     Truck / equipment cleaning and checks

olid Waste Division
     Curbside waste collection
     Recycling / transfer station operations
     Screen compost
Parks Maintenance Division
     Downtown maintenance / cleanup
     Beach / parks trash collection
     Set up athletic fields
     Mow athletic fields, parks & cemetery
     Parade preparations
     Check and clean equipment
Cemetery Maintenance Division
     Mowing & trimming
     Memorial Day preparations
Wastewater Maintenance Division
     Operations / maintenance Bidd. Pool Treatment Plant
     Operations / maintenance pump stations
     CSO inspections
     Catch basin maintenance and clearing
     Finished construction of grit drying facility
     Sewer repairs – Orchard Street


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