City Administrator Updates for Council
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04-10-17 - Two new addition to the Saco Team, March Financial Update, Funding Economic Development, Unitarian Universalist Church, Camp Ellis and Ferry Beach, How not to create traffic jams, pollution and urban sprawl, Build Maine – June 8th and 9th
03-06-17 - Joint Meeting with Biddeford, Budget Process, Maine Municipal Association - Legislative Policy Committee, Route 112 Bypass to Maine Turnpike Exit 36, February Police Department Statistics, and Financial Dashboard
01-17-17 - Camp Ellis Jetty Spur Update, MaineDOT three year work plan, York County Drug Recovery Center, Biddeford and Saco - Joint meeting, Stackpole Bridge
12-29-16 - Asset Management and Capital Improvement Plan, 2016 Audited Financials, Unit 91, Marketing RFQP, Councils Goals from 2016
12-08-16 - City Hall Closed for an hour on 12/19, Joint Council meeting with Biddeford, Camp Ellis, Beach Management Plan, Mill Building 4, Audit Report and Presentation in January, Monthly Department Financials Document, Police Department Activity Report, Bad Grades for Statewide Wastewater, TIF Downtown District, Building Inspection Statistics
11-16-16 - Maine Referendum Results, Transfer Station Relocation, USGS Tidal Monitoring System, Wind Turbine on Saco Island, Housing Development in Saco, Natural Gas Installation, Biddeford Considering Newspaper/Handbill Ordinance, Police Chief Position, Special Projects Manager
11-02-16 - Absentee Voting, Campaign Signs, Farmer's Market Move, Connecting with the Community in the digital age, Stackpole Creek Bridge, Police Chief Position, Special Projects Manager
10-17-16 - Pepperell Square, Camp Ellis Jetty Update, 2016 Spirit of American Foundation Tribute, MTA Meeting, Police Chief Hiring Process, and Harvest Festival
10-11-16 - Better Communication, Unit 91, Pepperrel Square, Hannaford, Riverview Apartments, MS4, Absentee Voting, ACOE meeting, Downtown Discount Impact Fee District, Police Chief Hiring Process, Special Projects Manager, Shared Emergency Response Bus
Pepperell Park & Unitarian Universalist Church
The Unitarian Universalist Church (UUC) requested that the City Council clarify ownership of the parcel that the UUC is located on before they undertake necessary renovations and repairs at the January 9, 2017 City Council Workshop. The City Council recommended that the UUC use the title work to determine ownership. That work has been completed and will be discussed at the April 10, 2017 Workshop. City Solicitor, Timothy Murphy, has provided his legal opinion as well as the 1961 State of Maine resolve and 1961 Deed documentation.
Monthly Financial Updates
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Simpson road bridge updates
Please click on the links provided to view the City Engineer's Memorandum regarding the Simpson Road Bridge over the Stackpole Creek Construction Progress Update or Photos taken on January 23, 2017 of the construction site.
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Route 112 Bypass to Maine Turnpike Exit 36
In the City March 6th Administrative Update, the City Administrator provided an update for the Route 112 Bypass to Maine Turnpike Exit 36 (this and all other information related to this possible project can be found here). The city has reached out to the Maine Turnpike Authority (MTA) about the traffic issues on Industrial Park Road and Route 112, asking them to investigate options to alleviate the demand and back up on these roads. While MTA’s board has not yet met, a tentative agreement has been reached where MTA and Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) will collectively contribute 80% towards an engineering feasibility study and are asking the local government to contribute a 20% match. The engineering study is estimated to cost $180,000 – $200,000, putting Saco’s portion at no more than $40,000.
According to our city charter, a budget amendment requires two separate voting meetings and a 5-2 vote for the second reading. At last night’s Council meeting (3/20/2017), they voted 6-1 to participate in a feasibility study by moving money from reserves and from an account used for traffic studies. The final vote for this movement of funds will be April 3rd. This is simply to move money from one account to another in order to participate in the funding of the study and offer the city some final say in the location of the bypass.
The public is always welcome to speak at the beginning of a Council meeting on this or any topic
The November 14th Council Workshop included a brief discussion about a letter City Administration sent the following day to the Maine Turnpike Authority about an extension of 195 westbound to Route 112 (starts on page 15). This is simply in the concept phase and the map drawings below were done in-house as an attempt to show the state the general area to consider.
Letter to MTA
Bypass Concept Map
Bypass Concept localized Topographical Map
Bypass Concept localized Map
City Administration is dedicated to collecting community input and feedback if there is interest from the Maine Turnpike Authority and the Maine Department of Transportation. More information will be provided as this project unfolds.
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TAX increment Financing
Jim Damicis, Senior Vice President with Camoin Associates presented at the November 14th Council Workshop on Tax Increment Financing (TIF). The presentation focused on the first 16 slides. The addition slides expand on the different types of TIFs available in Maine. This presentation was also recorded and is available on Youtube.
You can learn more about the TIFs in Saco here.
SEWER IMPACT FEE
Howard Carter, Saco's Director of the Water Resource Recovery Department, gave a presentation to Council in Workshop on November 7th about Sewer Impact Fees. That presentation is available here.
COMMUNITY MEETING: CAMP ELLIS JETTY Spur
On June 15th, there was a Camp Ellis Community Meeting and Saco River Dredge update held at Saco City Hall at 5:30 PM. If you were unable to attend you can view the presentation here.
Previous Community Meetings:
Tuesday, October 25th, 2016, City Administration hosted a community meeting to bring residents up to date on the Army Corp of Engineers Feasibility Study or District Quality Control (DQC) report. The presentation walked through the basics of the proposed Section 111 Shore Damage Mitigation project.
The project is currently under Agency Technical Review (ATR), and upon completion, the DQC will be sent to ACOE Headquarters (December timeframe). Once the report is sent to headquarters, the City of Saco will start its campaign for approval. This will involve residents sending letters to our federal representatives and the ACOE District office.
If you'd like to get involved in the effort, please sign up for notifications (choose "Camp Ellis") and we will provide letter templates, contact information, and other relevant resources. If you attended the community meeting on October 25th and provided your email, you are set for notification.
Comprehensive Plan Update
On October 11th, the City Administrator presented to Council a proposal to create a Comprehensive Plan Update/Review Committee. Click here for the Google Document Presentation.
Council approved the creation of this ad-hoc committee at their October 24th Council meeting (see page 100)
The Committee met initially on November 3rd and set their meeting schedule to be on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. More information can be found on the website in the Planning Department's page.
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Pepperrell Square Traffic Analysis
At the Traffic Safety Committee Meeting on September 22nd, the City Administrator had requested that the TSC consider the following: Pepperrell Square Pop Up Plaza: Traffic studies done over the summer to look at the amount of traffic using Pepperrell Square, have prompted the idea of a trial period for a pop-up plaza for a week in October (the week before the Harvest Festival). This will involve closing down the square to vehicle traffic, except deliveries, during certain early hours. (Joe Laverriere/Kevin Sutherland)
Several traffic studies have been conducted to improve the flow of traffic through out the City of Saco. Through these studies, it has been determined that the Pepperrell Square and Main Street intersection is not optimally moving traffic. Here you will find the proposal, data, and map of Pepperrell Square from a traffic study conducted by Thomas Errico, PE of T.Y. LIN INTERNATIONAL further exploring this issue.
One of the potential solutions identified by Thomas Errico was temporarily implementing a full or partial closure of Pepperrell Square to test the hypothesis that the elimination of traffic moving out of Pepperrell Square onto Main Street, would help reduce congestion and improve traffic flow. The traffic would be encouraged to move down Beach Street, extending the cycle for that light, and facilitating a protected turn onto Main Street at that intersection. The discussion of a pop-up plaza was incorporated to utilize the space during the temporary closure of that intersection, and draw people to this area to participate in events during the test week. By doing this, we had hoped to attract customers for the businesses already operating in this area, see if we can facilitate the incorporation of outdoor seating for your businesses, and add an attraction for citizens to enjoy.
This item was tabled by the Traffic Safety Committee at their meeting. As the second step, we would like to host a neighborhood/community meeting to get feedback and input in the City Hall Auditorium on Thursday, October 13th from 3:00 PM-5:00 PM. Using the information gathered during this meeting, the City Administrator will be in Pepperrell Square to meet with businesses and property owners on October 20th at either 9:00 AM, 2:00 PM, or 5:00 PM to discuss ways to alleviate the concerns identified.
A letter was sent to property owners, residents, and businesses in the Pepperrell Square area to get some feedback from the community. To find out more or get involved, please click here and complete a quick survey!
MAINE MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION
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