2018-07-13 / Community

News Briefs

Grants gained – Kennebunk recently received more than $62,000, awarded in three separate grants.

The largest, for $41,600 was awarded to the York County Soil and Water Conservation District. However, it comes as a result of Kennebunk’s pledged support, along with that of Kennebunkport, Arundel, and Lyman, and will be used to develop a watershed based management plan to help preserve the health of the Kennebunk River.

The money comes from a Nonpoint Source Water Pollution Control Grant administered by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and was accepted by selectmen at their June 26 meeting.

Also approved that night was $10,000 Project Canopy Assistance Grant.

The Maine Forest Service Program money will be used to develop a “better maintenance plan” for downtown trees and to “follow through on existing new plantings,” as well as to promote Project Canopy, the U.S. Forest Service, and community forestry via signage, brochures, and local media outreach.

Finally, the town also won a Maine Municipal Association Safety Enhancement Grant for $1,844.

The award will be used to cover two-thirds of the costs for three desks and chairs for the town’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Donations – In addition to its recent grant awards, Kennebunk is also the recipient of more than $6,000 in cash and gift donations, accepted by selectmen June 26.

That cash includes $3,500 given by the Tommy NcNamara Charitable Foundation to the Parks and Recreation Department scholarship fund, used to help low-income residents cover program participation fees.

Another $2,100 was given to parks and rec by Kennebunk Savings. That money will be used to help defray costs of the town’s summer concert series.

The town also received $60, given by an unnamed “recent recipient of EMS services,” and earmarked for the EMTs’ “canteen fund.”

Finally, Gorham Bike & Ski of Kennebunk gave a new mountain bike to the police department.

It will replace one of the older bikes now used by community service and reserve police officers during the summer season.

Compiled by Staff Writer Duke Harrington. He can be reached at news@kennebunkpost.com.

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