BANGOR- Members of Bangor Government Operations Committee gathered Tuesday for their monthly meeting.
City officials met and discussed different items on their agenda Tuesday afternoon.
Their first item of topic was to authorize the city manager to accept and appropriate $50,000 in Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or C.A.R.A, local drug crises funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
“We’ve been working with the Bangor School Department they have a school absenteeism specialist, we’ve received this grant as kind of an add on to the drug free communities grant that we have,” Public Health Community Services Health Promotion Program Manager Jamie Comstock said.
In the meeting, Comstock also explained how the funding would be used going forward.
“The focus is on reducing substance use by reducing school absenteeism. So basically keeping kids in environments where they can get all of the protective factors that the school offers,” Comstock said.
Fiscal year 2020 is the final year of a previous three-year grant that’s focused on reducing youth substance use by reducing chronic absenteeism.
This new C.A.R.A funding will begin on July 1.
Other items on the agenda to appropriate funding of the Project Canopy Grant for $7500 from the Department of Agriculture and Conservation and the Maine Forest Service.
The funds from these grants will allow the city to develop a plan to ensure the city’s forest is healthy, safe and a welcoming place for residents and visitors of the city.
The city is responsible for a matching amount to be spent as either in kind services or with funding.
The operations committee also voted to allow keep Broad Street Park and West Market Square open past 10:00 p.m.