Bucksport councilors approve relief for businesses and residents

Published: Apr. 3, 2020 at 7:18 AM EDT
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The town of Bucksport is stepping up to provide relief for residents and businesses that have been directly impacted by the coronavirus.

Town manager, Susan Lessard, brought a proposal she calls ‘Pay It Forward Bucksport,’ to councilors Thursday night. It was unanimously passed.

Here are some of the ways the town says people will benefit.

A $100 gift card to Hannaford or Toziers Store to those who lost their jobs or have seen severely cut hours.

A $500 stipend goes to small businesses that were forced to shut down or greatly scale back operations.

Both of these are in effect for this month and May.

The town's senior meal program fee has been waivered too.

“Bucksport is a tremendous community. It has been through so much. Through it all the people of this community have just been amazing. They have been resilient and I want to recognize that as well as the businesses who have invested in us," said Lessard.

They have also included $5,000 for H.O.M.E.

That's a non-profit dedicated to helping homeless individuals and feeding families in need in Hancock County.

For those who benefit from this, Lessard asks that you do something good in the town to help others.

The funds come from the town's undesignated fund balance.

Lessard said "In addition to the passage of the Pay It Forward proposal by the Bucksport Town Council, I was pleased to report last night that Andrew Silvernail and his wife Shelby who grew up in Bucksport, donated $60,000 to augment the proposal which will make the distribution amounts more meaningful. We are so grateful to the Silvernails for continuing to show their love for their hometown in such meaningful ways."