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Tonight the South Portland City Council approved the terms of the lease for the Hamlin School property so the Communuity Garden Collective can move forward with the plans to build a 39 plot community garden! The garden is expected to be ready for planting in spring of 2012.
E-mail us if you would like to be put on a waiting list for a plot!
The CGC has presented their plan to the City Council and has had two successful workshops with the City Councilors. This Wednesday, April 20th, the councilors will vote on allowing the City to sign a lease with CGC. This vote will allow us to move forward and begin construction of the community garden, which will be accessible and available to any South Portland resident.
The meeting will be at City Hall, on the second floor, Council Chambers. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm, but the lease for the garden is the last item on a long agenda. CGC is asking for you to attend the first half of the meeting and make comments if you would like to at the first public comment session. If you cannot make the meeting at the end of this post there is a list of City Council e-mail addresses and you can e-mail the council to let them know about your support.
E-mails to councilors need to be sent by Tuesday (4/19) afternoon so the councilors have a chance to read them before the vote Wednesday night.
Your support will be helpful in moving this community project forward.
SOME FACTS ABOUT THE GARDEN
The garden is less than 20% of the entire open space at the former HamlinSchool allowing for many other uses of the land.
As a non-profit group the CGC will be investing approximately $24,000 in this community garden. These funds will be raised through donations, fundraising and grants applied for by the CGC.
Due to the significant monetary investment, the CGC is seeking appropriate and fair exit/early termination language.
Below is the exit/early termination language that is being put forth for consideration and hopefully, adoption:
The City would need to give CGC notice by December 31st of the calendar year.
The City would make best efforts to find an alternative, suitable community garden site(s).
The City would assist in the physical relocation of raised beds, shed, and bins.
If the City gives notice of termination on or before 12/31/11, CGC would get back 75% of the cost of actual improvements* to the property
If the City gives notice of termination on or before 12/31/12, CGC would get back 50% of the cost of actual improvements to the property, not to exceed $10,000.
If the City gives notice of termination on or before 12/31/13, CGC would get back 40% of the cost of actual improvements to the property, not to exceed $7,000.
If the City gives notice of termination on or before 12/31/14, CGC would get back 30% of the cost of actual improvements to the property, not to exceed $5,000.
If the City gives notice of termination on or before 12/31/15, CGC would get back 20% of the cost of actual improvements to the property, not to exceed $3,000.
*Improvements* to include, but not limited to, fencing, raised beds, shed, plumbing and irrigation, soil and compost).
If you can't make the meeting Wednesday night please email the City Council members to let them know you support the approval of the lease so CGC can build a community garden at the old Hamlin School.