DEP Stream Crossing Grant Announcement

Maine DEP is administering $3 million dollars from the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan for a single round of grant funding in 2022 to assist municipalities withstream crossing upgrades and replacements. The RFA opened August 18, 2022, with proposals due by November 10, 2022.

Since 2015, Maine voters have approved a total of four bonds that fund the upgrade and replacement of stream crossings throughout Maine. These monies support the DEP's competitive grant program that matches local funding for the upgrade of municipal culverts at stream crossings to cost-effectively improve fish and wildlife habitats, reduce flooding, and increase community safety.

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County-wide Housing Study

Housing is such an essential part of our lives -- as families, as communities. Lincoln County’s limited housing stock and housing costs have been challenged by several major factors: coastal issues of second-home retirement (long-term); short-term rentals (since 2010 or so); competition for workforce housing; and a lack of public infrastructure, especially inland.

Since 2017, the County has been an increasingly unaffordable place to live and in 2021 became the most unaffordable county in Maine for homeownership according to MaineHousing. Rents are unaffordable – as they are throughout much of Maine, and have been so in Lincoln County since 2000 (per MaineHousing data).  

 

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County's Broadband Deadline is Nov. 28

Here is Lincoln County's Broadband Investment Process and Application Form. This application can be used for the Connect The Ready or ReachME grants. The next deadline to submit to the County for match for the ReachME Grant Progam is Monday, Nov. 28. 

The funds will go to match municipal financial committment as part of a state or federal grant application that will provide or improve broadband service to un- and under-served locations.

The Lincoln County Commissioners recently allocated $1.5 million of the County's American Rescue Plan funds to support local broadband infrastructure projects. Improving broadband service was one of the top priorities expressed during the County's public meetings in 2021.

Applications must be emailed to mbarnes@lcrpc.org. For more info, please call 882-5983 or email mbarnes@lcrpc.org.

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Comprehensive Plan Update

Congratulations to Nobleboro on the approval of their Comprehensive Plan that has been found to be consistent with the Growth Management Act! The Town Committee is now working toward public conversations about the Plan in time to submit for town approval by the spring. 

Read more for an interview with Nobleboro Comprehensive Plan Update Committee Coordinator, Marianne Pinkham.

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Food Resources in Lincoln County

Finding it hard to keep up with area food resources?  Below you'll find an updated Food Pantry Calendar and the new USDA Food Box Program for seniors. 

There is a new position in Lincoln County -- Food Security Community Connector -- part of Healthy Lincoln County. Jess Breithaupt is our Connector, helping people sign up for SNAP benefits, deliver pantry boxes to people with transportation barriers, and more!

Please email or call Jess:

975-6201

jbreithaupt@healthylincolncounty.org.

 

 

  

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LCRPC 5-Year Strategic Plan

LCRPC's Strategic Plan provides a set of specific priorities and actions to benefit Lincoln County communities. Here's a link to the Five-Year Plan This guiding document was created by a dedicated committee of the LCRPC board (representing a variety of towns) that met every 2 weeks for 8 months.

The Plan will help LCRPC staff create yearly work plans, formulate budgets, assess progress, and be effective in creating positive change for Lincoln County towns, residents, and businesses.

 

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MaineHousing Head Speaks at Annual Meeting

The LCRPC's Annual Meeting focused on affordable housing, featuirng a presentation by Dan Brennan, Director of MaineHousing. To see the presentation in slide form, please click here. We're working on a video.  

Read below for the LCRPC's recognition of the amazing community work being done in Lincoln County towns. The Board also elected as 2022-2023 officers: Chair, Michael Tomko, Boothbay Harbor; Vice-Chair, Marianne Pinkham, Nobleboro; Secretary, Walt Voskian, Bremen; and Treasurer, George Parker, Newcastle.

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Bremen Goes Fiber

Bremen will become the first mainland town in the midcoast to become a 100% "Fiber to the Home" Community.

After a highly competitive process, the ConnectME authority awarded three broadband infrastructure grants statewide last week. The Town of Bremen, partnering with Tidewater Telecom, was chosen to receive one of those grants. $120,000 was awarded to support the Bremen fiber optic build-out that will bring high speed broadband to approximately 400 more unserved homes and businesses.

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SBA Support Services

SBA Programs & Services 

Counseling

Are you eligible? Review this Maine DECD presentation with guidelines (as of Jan 8) and support resources.

www.sba.gov

www.sba.gov/me

www.sba.gov/local-assistance

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U.S. Census Bureau Releases 2015-2019 ACS 5-Year Estimates, Dec. 10, 2020

The 2015-2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates is the most relied-on source for up-to-date social, economic, housing, and demographic information every year. The ACS is the only source of local statistics for most of the 40+ topics it covers, such as educational attainment, occupation, language spoken at home, nativity, ancestry, and selected monthly homeowner costs.

ACS 5-year estimates are available for all geographic areas regardless of population size, down to the block-group level. Today's 2015-2019 ACS 5-year release will also include all data products, including Data Profiles, Comparison Profiles, Detailed Tables, Subject Tables and more. For more information, visit the 2019 Data Release Schedule page. 

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