May 07, 2021

Bangor council to mull land deal> Group slated to discuss ad hoc panel

BANGOR — For many years, the city has had its eye on the 30 acres of waterfront property between Main Street and the Penobscot River. Come Wednesday, Bangor may be a big step closer to owning the parcel.

A purchase and sale agreement for the land owned by Maine Central Railroad will be on the agenda of the Bangor City Council at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at City Hall. The meeting was moved from today to Wednesday because of the Memorial Day holiday.

Details of the agreement have not been released. Community and Economic Director Rodney McKay said recently that a purchase price had been set, but that the parties were continuing to work on responsibility for environmental cleanup at the site.

Also on Wednesday’s agenda will be a council order establishing an ad hoc committee on budget analysis, re-engineering, compensation adjustments and personnel commitments for nonunion employees.

Originally suggested by Councilor Charles Sullivan, the committee prompted controversy two weeks ago when Mayor Marshall Frankel announced it would meet May 17. Appointed to the committee were Sullivan and Councilors Christopher Popper and Gerard Baldacci.

All nine councilors showed up for that meeting, where some of the councilors questioned whether a committee could be created if it had not been established by council order or ordinance. The meeting adjourned, and the council held a special meeting to discuss the matter last Wednesday.

The question yet to be answered is whether the councilors will find this a useful committee to have during the budget process, or whether its tasks are better done by the entire council as it deliberates on the budget.

Also Wednesday, the council will hold public hearings for liquor licenses for Paul’s Restaurant, Bahaar Pakistani Restaurant and Bo Bo Inc.

The council also will act on a request from Bangor Youth Hockey to increase its share of the profits from Sawyer Arena this year from $12,500 to $20,000. The organization will use the money to make a loan payment on the compressor and ice mat installed at the arena two years ago.

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