Calais and Baileyville Discuss the Future

By Kaileigh Deacon

 

The City of Calais and Town of Baileyville held a joint council meeting on Thursday at Washington County Community College. The meeting was designed to act as a venue for the two municipalities to keep each other informed about what is going on. 

The first item on the agenda was economic development. “Many things are in the works in Baileyville,” town Council Chair, Tim Call said. Call said that many things were still in early stages and it was too soon to talk in detail about them but promised that by the end of 2013 Baileyville would be seeing some welcome changes. 

Calais told the Baileyville council about economic developments in their city mentioning both the upcoming installation of Tractor Supply and the expansion of WalMart into a Super Center. Mayor Marianne Moore also mentioned the development of the economic committee, whose sole purpose is to look into developing the Calais economic standing. 

The biggest topic of the night was a topic that has been broached before but has yet to amount to actuality. Both councils were in agreement that in order for either town to make progress the town have to work together. “We need to put aside the past divides,” Call said. 

The Councils discussed ways to work together to benefit both areas. One suggestion was holding joint training sessions. Most trainers won’t make the commute to this area for the small groups each individual municipalities departments represent, therefore members have to go away for training. But if the two municipalities held joint training sessions they could get trainers to come here saving the expense of going away for training. 

The final agenda item was an update from the Princeton Airport. Members of the Airport Board updated the councils on the airport’s need and opportunities. Currently the state and communities are responsible for 2.5% of the money needed for projects at the airport, and new government regulation would require that double to 5%. The Airport also asked that the communities spend an additional $3,000 a year to put money aside for a project fund. This money wouldn’t be used for the basic maintenance and running of the airport but be put aside so that when projects are given the go ahead, they have collected the needed funds to complement the federal money set aside for such projects. 

The meeting was adjourned with both councils in agreement that having meetings like this would be a step in the right direction toward getting the communities to help each other. They also discussed bringing in representatives from Eastport to make the meeting more regional.