1. We welcomed Elswyth Strassberger last week as our new County Planner. Excited that her experiences and skills in rural transportation, public transit, bike/ped planning, environmental issues and healthy communities will contribute to and shape our work with each of you and the County as a whole. 
 
Elswyth is getting to know a few towns each week and will be in touch with local officials throughout the County over the next month or so.
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2. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will open the second round for 2019 Grants for Stream Crossing Public Infrastructure Improvements next Monday, September 9th. The grants support upgrades to stream crossings on town roads to meet Stream Smart standards to prevent culvert failures and improve access to important habitat for fish and other wildlife. 
 
While the official application will be available on the 9th, the RFP can be found now on this page: http://www.maine.gov/dafs/procurementservices/vendors/grants. More information on Stream Smart can be found at StreamSmartMaine.org.
 
Projects must be located on a municipal road, but eligible grant applicants include municipal conservation commissions, soil & water conservation districts, and private non-profit organizations as well as local governments. 
 
Please contact County Planner Elswyth Strassberger at estrassberger@lcrpc.org or (207) 882-5986 if you would like support from LCRPC in preparing a grant application or just to let us know if you plan on applying.
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3. The LCRPC will provide a fall round of ASK grants. As many towns are aware, these small grants focus on direct technical assistance to help you address a municipal issue — structural assessment of a key town building, preparing an RFP for a community project, developing a local roads inventory, etc. Attached is the fall 2019 application guidelines — similar to previous years. The deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 2. Please contact Mary Ellen Barnes at 882-5983 or mbarnes@lcrpc.org. Edgecomb and Monhegan are busy with their spring 2019 ASK projects and are not eligible for this round.  
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4. Broadband: The 7-Town ConnectME Broadband Committee meets next Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 4 pm at our office to kick-off Phase 2 of this process — goal-setting, network design and costs, etc. 
 
On September 24th, at 6 pm at the CLC-Y, we’re teaming up with the Island Institute to offer a panel discussion and public conversation about broadband, looking primarily at Damariscotta, Newcastle, South Bristol, Bristol, Nobleboro, Newcastle, and Bremen. Here’s the link to register for this.
 
A statewide Maine Broadband Summit will take place Oct 28-29 (Mon-Tues). Click here to register for the Summit
Day 1 of the two-day conference will bring together local leaders from communities across Maine to share experiences and updates on their community-driven broadband projects. On Day 2, local leaders will be joined by state and regional leaders, technical experts, and affiliated partners to help connect communities with resources and tools for reaching broadband goals.
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5. A Subdivision Workshop for Planning Boards is scheduled for Wed., October 16 at 6 pm at the Waldoboro Town Office. To register for this free training, follow this link.
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For more information, contact Mary Ellen Barnes at (207) 882-4271 or email mbarnes@lcrpc.org
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