Topsham to hold meetings on Community Fund, planning

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TOPSHAM — Two meetings about framing the town’s future will be held this month.

The Topsham Community Fund Committee will host a workshop at the Municipal Building at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. The group seeks input from the public on funding for a bicycle-pedestrian trail extension, a Lower Village park, signs in the historic district, and the Head of Tide Park.

“The Community Fund is for assisting the town in developing its financial capacity to make investments; making the community a more desirable and vibrant place; and make the community a more desirable place for future economic development investments,” according to an October town press release.

The second in a series of “Topsham: Back to the Future” workshops, this one entitled “Getting around in Topsham: Stuck in Traffic? Can our roads serve all of us?,” follows on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

The 6:30 p.m. gathering – which takes place in the Topsham Public Library’s Highlands Community Room, 25 Foreside Road – will explore whether the town’s roads, trails and paths have been designed to meet the needs of all residents, or the convenience of traffic passing through.

“We’ll discuss how to build places that are financially productive, by creating an environment that helps all people move around town more efficiently and with less risk,” a Nov. 5 town press release said.

Those who attended the first “Back to the Future” workshop on Oct. 21 “know that these sessions are definitely not dry, boring speeches about policy and regulations,” according to the town. “Instead, they are lively, interactive discussions with great information about the challenges – and solutions – that we need to consider as we plan for our Town’s future.”

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Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.