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"I Page 14 THE QUODDY TIDES 11 December, 2015 LIGHTS from a lobster boat loading at the Eastport Fish Pier cast a shadow of the ~sherman statue on the StudioWorks building. (Don Dunbar photo) Your forum for expressing your views - letters to the editor in The Quoddy Tides Funds ready for UT by Lara Whelan The Washington County unorganized territories' tax increment financing (UT TIF) program will have about $304,000 in new funds to award in grants and loans for the 2016 year. At the December 2 Wash- ington County commissioners' meeting, TIF Program Manager Susan Hatton pre- sented the TIF Grant Committee's recom- mendations. With a few tweaks, the following T1F amounts were approved by the commis- sioners: $60,835 for the economic devel- opment implementation planning program; $15,209 for nature-based tour- ism; $167,295 for loans; $15,209 for the county match line item; and $45,626 for the administration line item. Since the T1F program began awarding grants in 2010 and loans starting in 2012, a total of $2.5 million has gone out into the UT for projects. The commissioners approved the grant committee's recommendation that the maximum grant award be lowered from $15,000 to $10,000 and require a 2- 1 match. Hatton presented an update on various TIF projects. Tide Mill Creamery declined ar acV DO YOU NEED: Walkers Canes Ostomy supplies Catheters Wound dressings Nebulizers Incontinence pads and under pads? We are able to bill your Medicare/Medicaid insurance with little or no cost to you. WE OFFER: Flu shots Shingles shot Pneumonia shots Tetanus shots and many more. No appointment needed. It's easy to transfer your prescriptions to us from another pharmacy. Call 207-853-9200 / 853-9201 and we do the rest. We are happy to call your doctor and get refills for your medications before they run out. .... We are truly your local independent pharmacy and proud to know all our customers by first names. We appreciate your support and look forward to serving your medication needs. g rant, loan program a loan modification grant because of a business strategy change. The business expects to reapply for the modification at a later date. Tide Mill Organics, a separate business from the creamery, has been progressing with its chicken processing facility with the installation of a new overhead rail sys- tem. A new walk-in freezer and cooler are about to be installed. W.S. Transport & Logistics expects to hire a sales representative to increase the company's customer base. They also have a new office building is in the works. Cobscook Community Learning Center Executive Director Alan Furth and board President Sarah Strickland met with the Cobscook Bay Company second-tier lend- ers, Sunrise County Economic Council, Coastal Enterprises Inc. and Finance Au- thority of Maine, to go over repayment options that would allow the CCLC to start repayment of the debt owed. Hatton hoped to have a proposal ready for the January meeting of the Washington County com- missioners. UT budget public hearing set The UT budget for the fiscal year 2016- 2017 will be presented for public hearing at a county commissioners' meeting set for Wednesday, December 16, at 4 p.m. The meeting will be held at the county courthouse in Machias. The public is wel- come to attend. At the December 2 commissioners' meeting, UT interim Supervisor Heron Weston presented the draft budget for the commissioners to review. As it stands, the total UT budget appro- priation would be $1,328,055, up $83,600 from the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Total rev- enues come in at $275,050, a decrease of $29,000 from the previous year. The total tax assessment, if approved, will be set at $973,005, up from the previous year's $870,613. The only areas to see significant jumps in cost between the last year and the pro- jected year are as follows: solid waste services up by $10,000; highway summer and winter maintenance line items up by a total of $41,700; and fire protection by almost $10,000. Revenues will see a de- cline of $24,000 in excise tax and a de- cline of $4,800 from the UT public works garage rental. The undesignated fund was used to contribute $80,000 towards reve- nue in order to keep the 2016-2017 tax assessment down. The fund contributed $70,000 for the same purpose in the previ- ous year. In other UT news, Weston reported that the long-awaited dry hydrant at Cathance Lake is progressing, with bids due the week of December 21. In addition, Weston is continuing to work on the harbor moor- ing moratorium and ordinance creation. A harbor committee will be formed, with the commissioners suggesting that Weston ad- vertise for membership. Commission Chair Chris Gardner said, "It's important to include fishermen from the start. Put something in the paper and ask for those interested to submit a letter of interest." He added that the committee should be comprised of people with expertise in the fishing community. Happy.f, Holidays Sunrise Painters Customized Painting Interior- Exterior Traditional Hand Brushing FreeEstimatesl~~~ Joe Schofield Eastport, ME 853-0814 60 Water St., Eastport, ME 04631 We are open Mon, Wed, Fri 9am-6pm; Tue 9am-8pm; Sat 9am-3pm and closed Sundays Phone 207-853-9200 / 853-9201 Fax 207-853-4002