Grant money will pay for flooring

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Woolwich officials announced receipt of a $3,000 grant from the Maine Municipal Association; the money will be used to replace the flooring in the entrance hall of the municipal building.

“The money is provided through the Edward MacDonald Safety Improvement Fund, which is awarded annually and used to improve public safety,” Chairman David King said Monday. “We had received a number of complaints about the floor becoming slippery in wet weather. This is the original floor of the municipal office building,” King added. “Our plan is to replace it with a non-slip composite material similar to what we used downstairs in the meeting room used by the planning committee.”

King said MacDonald was a resident of Woolwich. “He led MMA’s safety program for many years before he died shortly before retiring. He was highly respected and well-liked too. The grant program is designed to prevent injuries and improve safety in the work.

In other matters, EMS manager Brian Carlton told the board in the last financial year that the ambulance service responded to 25 calls outside Woolwich, including 22 in Wiscasset or in cities served by the Wiscasset Ambulance Service (WAS). During the same period, he continued, WAS twice covered for the Woolwich Ambulance Service. “It’s something we’ll have to watch,” commented Carlton.

“Keep following this. If it continues to stay this lopsided, we’ll have to work that out with Wiscasset,” King said.

Residents will soon be able to deposit their old clothes and shoes for recycling in a special drop box at the municipal office. The drop box will be provided to the city free of charge by Apparel Impact, a textile recycling company with an office in Bedford, New Hampshire. Lissa Bittermann, a representative for the company, said the clothes receptacle would be emptied weekly at no cost to the city. She noted that some clothes will be repurposed, while other items will be shredded and turned into new products. “Our main goal is to get these materials out of trash cans, landfills and use them for new purposes,” she said.

After waiving a public hearing, council renewed a liquor license for the Taste of Maine restaurant on Route 1.

King noted that the city office will be closed on Monday, June 20 for June 19, the new federal holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. The selectors will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21. King noted that this will be the annual meeting to be held at the historic 1837 townhouse at the corner of Old Stage and Dana Mills roads.

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