MaineHousing Head Speaks at Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting was held on April 21, 2022 at Jewell Lodge at Camp Wavus in Jefferson. The Board celebrated community planning initiatives and leaders.
Nobleboro Comprehensive Planning Update Committee: The Nobleboro Comp Plan Update Committee, consisting of nine residents, recently submitted their draft 2022 Comprehensive Plan to the State Municipal Planning Assistance Program for review. This Committee met monthly, and often more frequently to prepare a detailed analysis of their community without the assistance of a consultant and held the majority of their meetings virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Congratulations to the Nobleboro Comp. Plan Committee on the thorough and indeed comprehensive work you’ve performed. We hope to hear about a successful review from DACF soon!
Damariscotta Waterfront Committee: Recognition of the Damariscotta Waterfront Committee is overdue as they have been working since 2012 to conceptualize, engineer, and fund a comprehensive waterfront infrastructure project to protect the downtown from flooding, replace sewer lines, install improved drainage and pedestrian access, and construct new public restrooms. This work is currently funded by a $3 million federal grant and $1.3 million in funds raised locally during the decade-long planning endeavor. This project has been recognized in the ‘Maine Won’t Wait’ 4-Year Climate Action Plan!
Somerville Broadband Committee: Somerville, after years of perseverance by their Broadband Committee, is receiving significant funding from the National Telecommunications Administration and ConnectME as part of a $28 million grant to the State by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Committee has worked for years to bring reliable, high-speed internet access to Somerville residents, most of whom suffer from poor to none internet service. This grant will allow them to install a municipally-owned fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband network.
Matt Lutkus, Damariscotta Town Manager: Congratulations to Matt, who recently retired after serving as Damariscotta’s Town Manager for the past decade. Matt successfully pursued—among many projects -- multiple CDBG grants for neighborhood infrastructure improvements; consistently moved the waterfront project forward with the Waterfront Committee; and doggedly pursued the construction of the Bristol Road Sidewalk! Matt has also served as an alternate for Damariscotta on the LCRPC Board since 2013. We wish Matt the best in his “retirement”!
George Richardson, Westport Island First Selectman: Last, but certainly not least, we recognize George for his 25+ years of service to Westport Island in his role on the Selectboard, with most of them serving as Chair. George has served on the LCRPC Board for the past 13 years. George initiated the Town’s support of families in need, which now has a permanent organization and home in Helping Hands. He also deserves enormous credit for planning, funding, and constructing Wright Landing, which provides a much needed and well-used boat launch for clammers, wormers, and recreational boaters.
Special Thanks: The Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission would like to thank Commissioner Ham Meserve for his work on the RPC Board from 2012 to October 2021. During his tenure, Ham served on the Executive Committee and the Strategic Plan Subcommittee, being instrumental in creating the 2021 – 2026 LCRPC Strategic Plan. We thank Ham for his support and leadership over the years to the LCRPC Board and his continued work for Lincoln County!