Community Project Funding Requests

Rep. Golden has submitted funding requests for important community projects in Maine’s Second Congressional District to the House Appropriations Committee.

Under guidelines issued by the Appropriations Committee, each Representative may request funding for up to 10 projects in their community for fiscal year 2022 – although only a handful may actually be funded. Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive funding. Additional information on the reforms governing Community Project Funding is available here.

In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Rep. Golden has certified that he, his spouse, and his immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects he has requested.

The requests made by Congressman Golden can be found below. Projects are grouped by subcommittee and listed alphabetically.

 

Labor, Health & Human Services and Related Agencies:


East Millinocket Rural Ambulance Service

Amount of Request: $300,000
Recipient: East Millinocket Fire Department, 125 Main Street, East Millinocket ME 04430
Summary: East Millinocket Fire Department ambulance response area borders the North Maine Woods, covering an area of over 500 square miles, including coverage areas that can take up to an hour to travel to. This funding would help facilitate the purchase of two four-wheel drive ambulances to improve travel times during adverse weather. Rural ambulance capabilities are a critical infrastructure that is needed to keep visitors and residents safe, a benefit to the weekend visitor as well as the year-round population. This project would help crucial first responders go anywhere to initiate care and ultimately transport to a higher level of care.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here


Maine Community College System Accelerated & Expanded Manufacturing Training Program

Amount of Request: $995,447
Recipient: Southern Maine Community College, 2 Fort Road, South Portland ME 04106
Summary: Funding would be used to develop a mobile welding lab to provide welding skill instruction across Maine via the Maine Community College System. The mobile welding lab would enable the Maine Community College system to provide welding classes in each Maine county through all seven of Maine’s community colleges.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here


Northern Maine Community College Mechanized Logging Operations Program

Amount of Request: $1,000,000
Recipient: Northern Maine Community College, 33 Edgemont Drive, Presque Isle ME 04769
Summary: This project would allow for the expansion of the college’s Mechanized Logging Operations program, which represents the future of logging. Graduates of this program enjoy the top earnings potential in this field while becoming part of Maine’s logging industry for years to come. The program produces a pool of trainees that have the ability to safely operate highly technical equipment for both whole tree and cut-to-length harvesting operations. This sophisticated equipment is current to industry needs for loggers around the globe and the students learn hands-on while operating the equipment with field instructors.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here
 

Agriculture, Rural Development and Related Agencies:


Stonington Water District Redevelopment

Amount of Request: $525,000
Recipient: Town of Stonington, 32 Main Street, Stonington ME 04681
Summary: This funding would allow the Town of Stonington, the number one lobster fishing port in Maine, to purchase a strategic waterfront parcel of land and expand its working waterfront access. This parcel also would provide the town the opportunity for the critical expansion of its wastewater treatment system and allow the town to meet federal EPA mandates to improve testing and treatment standards.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

 

Homeland Security:


Auburn Firefighter Training Facility

Amount of Request: $1,000,000
Recipient: City of Auburn, 60 Court Street, Auburn ME 04210
Summary: This funding would allow the City of Auburn to build a new firefighter training facility to support career and volunteer firefighter training across the state. This project is part of a rebuild of Auburn’s public safety facility, to be completed in 2023. None of the existing six firefighter training facilities in Maine meet current training requirements -- this facility would meet all standards.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

 

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies:


Livermore Falls and Jay Wastewater Treatment Facility

Amount of Request: $1,000,000
Recipient: Town of Livermore Falls, 2 Main Street, Livermore Falls ME 04254
Summary: Funding would be used to assist two communities in replacing their aging joint wastewater facility. Federal funding would help to reduce the burden on two towns that have seen a changing and declining industrial base. The wastewater treatment facility is critical to continuing improvements to the water quality of the Androscoggin River.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

 

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies:


Bates Mill 5 Renovation

Amount of Request: $1,000,000
Recipient: City of Lewiston, 27 Pine Street, Lewiston ME 04240
Summary: Removing the asbestos and other contaminants from and the replacement of the Bates Mill 5 roof would help remove one of the final hurdles to completing the city’s responsibilities for cleanup of this important city landmark. Final renovation of this mill site will bring further development to downtown Lewiston.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here


Madison Anaerobic Digester Construction

Amount of Request: $1,000,000
Recipient: Town of Madison, 26 Weston Avenue, Madison ME 04950
Summary: Funding would be used to assist the Township of Madison in a project to construct and operate an anaerobic digester that turns organic feed stock into renewable biogas (e.g., natural gas). The biodigester would be located at ‘The Forest Products Hub,’ in the former UPM paper mill in Somerset County. The anaerobic digester would be operated by the Anson-Madison Sanitary District, is located in an Opportunity Zone, and is anticipated to lead to important economic development in a community that is still reeling from the closure of its largest employer in 2016.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here


Rumford Fire Station

Amount of Request: $1,000,000
Recipient: Town of Rumford, 145 Congress Street, Rumford ME 04276
Summary: Funding would assist the Town of Rumford in the construction of a new fire station in a part of town with substandard housing. The current Central Fire Station in town was built in 1924 and is structurally compromised, with deep cracks in the concrete floor, foundation, and load-bearing walls. These cracks, which first appeared decades ago, have seen a significant acceleration in growth over the past three years. The current facility does not allow for modern equipment to fit inside.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here


Johnson Hall Renovation

Amount of Request: $350,000
Recipient: Johnson Hall Capital Campaign, 280 Water Street, Gardiner ME 04345
Summary: Johnson Hall is the oldest opera house in Maine still used as a theater and is an important part of the Gardiner community, hosting regular community events as well as promoting large venue productions. Renovation of the Hall has been ongoing for several years and the community has raised more than $5 million to date. This funding would be directed toward the second and final phase of the project, which addresses the theater’s interior.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here