C. DAILY SUN: FRYEBURG VOTES DOWN GRANT

by Christian Mower on February 2, 2012

THE CONWAY DAILY SUN SAYS THE TOWN OF FRYEBURG, MAINE HAS VOTED DOWN A PROPOSAL TO DESIGNATE A PORTION OF ITS DOWNTOWN AS “SLUM OR BLIGHTED” IN ORDER TO GET FEDERAL MONEY FOR IMPROVEMENTS.

IN A SECRET VOTE TAKEN TUESDAY NIGHT AT A PUBLIC MEETING AT THE AMERICAN LEGION HALL IN FRYEBURG, THE SUN SAYS THE PROPOSAL WAS DEFEATED 56 TO 23.

THE SUN SAYS PROPONENTS POINTED OUT THE DESIGNATION OF THE DOWNTOWN AREA AS A SLUM WOULD ONLY BE TEMPORARY, IN ORDER TO APPLY FOR THE $150,000 GRANT, BUT OPPONENT DAVID SMITH TOLD ATTENDEES AT THE MEETING “I SPENT 34 OF MY 50 YEARS HERE, TRYING TO VOLUNTEER LIKE OTHERS TO MAKE THIS A BETTER PLACE… TO HAVE A SECTION DESIGNATED A ‘SLUM AND BLIGHT’ SO WE CAN PROSTITUTE OURSELVES FOR $150,000 IS A SLAP IN THE FACE OF EVERYONE WHO HAS LOVED THIS TOWN.”

THE SUN SAYS THE PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS – INCLUDING NEW SIDEWALKS, CURBING, LIGHTING AND GREEN SPACE – WOULD HAVE INCLUDED A DOZEN PROPERTIES THAT EXTEND FROM THE HISTORICAL BUILDING ON MAIN STREET TO THE FIRST BUILDING ON PORTLAND ROAD.

WRITER: MACKENZIE THURSDAY FEBRUARY 2 2012, FROM THE CONWAY DAILY SUN FEB 2 2012