2018-03-05 / Local

Downtown improvement grant tops Lisbon agenda

Times Record Staff


Lisbon has cleared one hurdle in its quest for a grant to aid development.

The town submitted its Community Development Block Grant bid for the Lisbon village area in January, seeking the maximum value of $300,000. The grant is awarded by the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.

At the end of January, the town got word it had met application requirements, and was invited to apply in full for the grant. It must submit a full application by March 30, and the town council will discuss its next step at its meeting Tuesday night.

In its plan, Lisbon is proposing redevelopment and improvement of public areas along Route 196. If councilors opt to move forward with the project, a public hearing will take place March 20, 10 days before the full application is due.

The grant requires a 25 percent match, which the council has already approved. In a memo to the council, Town Manager Diane Barnes said she has been in contact with businesses in the downtown Lisbon area that will help with the match. The willingness to match gives Lisbon a higher score on the overall application. Economic Community Development Director Tracey Steuber noted the competition for the grant when the town initially applied in January.

“It is a competitive process as it is open to all communities in the state,” said Steuber.

Lisbon would learn if its application is successful before planning for the next fiscal year is done.

Also on the agenda for Tuesday night, is a proclamation for the town to “go gold” in the month of September in support of the non-profit organization Team Hailey Hugs. The organization was created by Hailey Steward along with her mom, Tabitha, to raise money for families affected by childhood cancer.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and Richmond recently formalized that for its town with a declaration. Businesses in town are encouraged to use gold lights and decorations in support of funding for families stricken by childhood cancer.

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