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TO:              Mayor Rines, Councilors and Department Heads
FROM:   Jeffrey Kobrock, City Manager
DATE:   December 17, 2004
RE:             Weekly Memo

Meetings for the Week of December 13, 2004
Holiday Party                   Thurs., Dec. 23, 12:00 pm. City Hall
City Hall Holiday Hours Thurs., Dec. 23, 12:00-4:30 pm, City Hall
Friday, Dec. 24 City Hall Closed
MDOT Projects
Maine Department of Transportation has announced several projects in Gardiner for the next construction season. Pat Gilbert’s enclosed memo delineates the four projects. Most significant is an overlay of Rt. 201 almost the entire length of Gardiner. There are sidewalk and manhole issues that need to be resolved with these projects. At the same time MDOT has postponed until the 2006 construction season the work on Rt. 126 from the New Mills Bridge to the Middle School due to our continued pressure for a sidewalk to be included in the scope of work and their inability to fund the sidewalk.

The “Fund for Efficient Delivery of Local and Regional Services”
In last week’s memo I discussed this recently announced grant program and how it might help implement the four resolutions jointly adopted by the City and Water District. The program has two categories for proposals. The Planning category is limited to $10,000 awards; the Implementation category has awards up to $200,000. We are continuing to look at the program and develop the most competitive project to achieve the intent of the four resolutions we have adopted. The timing is extremely tight, the grant deadline is January 14.
Holiday Party
Please do not forget that December 23 at noon we will gather for the annual Holiday Party! Mark your calendars.

Packet/Council Schedule
There will not be a  packet next week, December 24. There will be a packet on December 30, in anticipation of Council inauguration the next week, January 6, 2005.

In this packet
Notice of Appeals Decision- Kaufman/Ferland

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