St. John Valley

Frenchville signs interlocal agreement with Fort Kent to assist with grants

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — The Frenchville Board of Selectmen signed an interlocal agreement with Fort Kent that will assist Frenchville with economic development grants at its meeting on Tuesday.

 

During a Fort Kent Town Council meeting Jan. 27, the town of Fort Kent signed the interlocal agreement with the town of Frenchville in order to be “more efficient” with its resources. The towns decided it would be better to work together and allow Fort Kent to provide a community development director to assist with related work, including dealing with grants. 

“We are very fortunate to have Cindy Bouley as our grant writer for the community of Frenchville,” said Frenchville Town Manager Ryan E. Pelletier. “Our past grant writer did an excellent job for us and Don Lebel will be missed by our administration.”

Lebel was responsible for procuring three different grants. The first one was the Heritage Park Project that was funded by the Recreational Trail Program. That project allowed the town to construct a pavilion and a fully accessible bathroom with grant monies of $60,000. 

Pelletier said the town is currently working on two other grants awarded by Community Development Block Grant and Micro Maine State Grants, which value $100,000 combined. One grant is for a bait and tackle shop that is set to open in 2020 and the other is Foundation Solutions — a business operated by Todd Daigle — that installs steel devices versus tubes for new and existing structures, according to Pelletier. 

This new addition to the staff at the town office also works with various organizations around the Valley including ATV clubs. 

“I believe she’s the right fit for our time and very aggressive,” Pelletier said. “This opens a new gate for us. I think this is a positive for the town of Frenchville.”

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