Alna trail pursuit may go on without grant

Posted:  Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 9:45am

Selectmen are mulling how to get a trail near the town office after one funding route didn't pan out, according to emails Jan. 3 from First Selectman Melissa Spinney.

Maine Conservation Corps prepared two proposals for the town to seek a grant with, Spinney wrote. A $62,000 proposal would not have won funding and the other, $120,000 proposal, for a wheelchair accessible trail, might have gotten 80 percent funded, she wrote.

"Selectmen said this was not an option, too expensive."

Resident Jeff Spinney suggested asking the Boy Scouts, the snowmobile club or Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum on Cross Road for volunteers on trailwork; no decisions were reached, Melissa Spinney wrote.

In other business Jan. 2, the board got a letter seeking the town's pick for this year's Spirit of America award. "Selectmen are going to give it some thought," Spinney wrote.

The board is looking at April 10 for Sheepscot Valley Regional School Unit 12 to present its proposed budget. And work continues on the new town office. The siding is done, Ralph Hilton and Chris Cooper are doing the basement, and Kyle McCormick was set to start on electrical work Jan. 7, according to Spinney.