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Rangeley receives grant for road works

The second monthly meeting of the Rangeley Board of Selectmen was held via Zoom on January 24. City Manager Joe Roach informed elected officials that the city had received $500,000.00 from the Municipal Partnership Initiative grant program. This program is sponsored by the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) and reimburses municipalities for approved projects after road costs paid exceed the grant allocation. The approved project that qualified for this grant was the reconstruction of Loon Lake Road.
Although not discussed at this particular meeting, the City also received $475,000.00 of the $500,000.00 the Loon Lake Road project is receiving from a grant from the Regional northern border. Work on Loon Lake Road is substantially complete and contractor EL Vining and Sons expects to complete the project by late spring or early summer 2022.
The Town of Rangeley also received a $22,000.00 Airport Rescue Grant which was available through the American Rescue Plan Act. The City must spend these funds within four years. The funds can be used to cover costs related to operations, payment of debt service and to help combat the spread of pathogens at the airport.
Elected officials have authorized the city manager to have the city join the Maine Service Center Coalition. Coalition members are cities that function as service centers for surrounding communities. Member cities have populations that range from approximately 2,100 to 26,000. The Coalition defends the collective interests of its members. City Manager Joe Roach will be Rangeley’s representative and

Administrative Assistant Traci Pitt LaVoie will be the alternate representative. Membership fees are $500.00 per year.
Board member Ethna Thompson has been appointed to the Employee Review Committee. This committee helps manage accrued sick leave and is a requirement of the employee’s union contract with the Town of Rangeley.
Local resident and carpenter Noel Dolbier was nominated by the Selectmen for a three-year term on the Planning Council. The Selectmen expressed optimism that Noel’s building knowledge will help the Planning Board make good decisions.
The cost of ambulance service for the City will increase by approximately 9% this year. For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022, the City will pay $70,507.00, an increase of $6,071.00 from the previous year. The main ambulances and staff in our area are based at the Rangeley Public Safety Building which is attached to the Rangeley Municipal Office.
FREE COMMUNITY COVID TESTING will be available in the greater Rangeley area from Monday January 31, 2022 and will continue until February 11, 2022. Time slots will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. at 3 p.m. Call the Rangeley Municipal Office at 864-3326 or Rangeley Fire Rescue at 864-3800 to schedule a test.

The Rangeley Pond Hockey Festival is scheduled for February 12 and 13. (Seen here 2019 Pond Hockey Festival)

Two event permits have been approved for activities that will take place on Haley Pond. The Rangeley Pond Hockey Festival is scheduled for February 12 and 13. The Winter Palooza is scheduled for Sunday, February 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The next meeting of the Selectmen will take place on Monday February 7, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. The second monthly Selectmen meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 22 because Monday, February 21 is the Presidents’ holiday. A public hearing beginning at 5:00 p.m. will precede the February 22, 2022 meeting. The public hearing will focus on accessible housing. Developer Matt Teare, who has proposed a feasible housing project on Cross Street, will be on hand to provide details and answer questions. As the date approaches, check with City Hall to see if the public hearing will be via Zoom or in person.