Calais City Council

By Michael R. Brown

           

The regular council meeting on October 13th began with a presentation by Don Kent of Groups Recover Together, which uses a combination of suboxone medication, counseling, and community support to help people transfer off opiate addiction, particularly in rural areas. The group already has offices in Portland, Biddeford, Rockland, and Auburn. It hopes to open one soon in Ellsworth.

The greatest general problem during the meeting came from a citizen’s complaint over car drivers failing to stop for school buses unloading children. Already in the new school year he has witnessed four examples while his daughter was coming home. Councilors all voiced concern and several suggested preventative possibilities, including cameras on the buses and timely reporting by bus drivers.

There was further discussion concerning housing sites, unpaid bills, and back taxes. Clean up has begun on the former state police office and tourist information bureau next to the library.

The council approved the event application for the Scarecrow Fest. That led to discussion about vandalism and the potential for security cameras downtown.

The Economic Development Committee of the Calais City Council met on Friday, October 7th and discussed several ongoing concerns. In relation to the project for municipal broadband Councilor Howard asserted, “I know Crawford lost three sales because of no internet.”

Councilor Mingo noted, “It’s not as though we have people beating down the doors.”

A meeting among potential developers and representatives of Calais and Woodland will be held in the Calais City Hall at 5:30 on Wednesday, October 19th.

In pursuit of an ATV trail, Councilor Mingo said, “We’re right back where we started.”