‘Smooth sailing’ with committee

BAR HARBOR — The town’s Warrant Committee approved the proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year, adding two suggestions at the group’s joint meeting with the Town Council last month.

Warrant committee member Bob Chaplin recommended allocating funds to recognize longtime committee member Jake Jagel at the town meeting in June. Jagel stepped down from the warrant committee in February after serving approximately 10 years.

Warrant committee members Amanda Kendall and Emily Henry recommended that public works begin an all-organic land care program using “Greenwork” practices as recommended by the MDI Safe Outdoor Initiatives, an island-wide group that Kendall serves on.

Kendall said she calculated the town would save more than $2,500 in the fifth year after switching to organic lawn care products.

“So that’s where I looked at it in terms of the budget,” she said. “Budgetary and environmental concerns.”

Public Works Director Chip Reeves said that though he was not familiar with MDI Safe Outdoor Initiatives, he was looking into all-natural lawn care service Green Thumb, which he found similar to Greenwork.

“Green Thumb’s fertilizer is basically an all-natural product,” Reeves said. “I like Green Thumb’s products because they pose less risk to those who apply it.”

The meeting lasted only half an hour. “I think the budget was smooth sailing,” said warrant committee chair Seth Libby.

“I’m happy that we have a nice unified budget, and it’s early,” agreed councilor Judith Noonan.

Becky Pritchard
Former Islander reporter Becky Pritchard covered the town of Bar Harbor and was a park ranger in Acadia for six seasons.
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