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Posted on: October 26, 2018

Public Hearing 11/20/18 on Age Friendly Committee Ordinance Amendment


The Bar Harbor Town Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at 7:00 pm in the Municipal Building Council Chambers to consider the following amendment to the Town Code:

Age Friendly Committee Ordinance Amendment

Town of Bar Harbor


An Amendment to add a standing committee, the Age Friendly Committee, formerly the Task Force on Aging.

The Town of Bar Harbor hereby ordains that Chapter 31, Boards, Committees and Commissions, Article IX, Age Friendly Committee, of the Town Code is amended as follows:

[Please Note: Old language is stricken.  New language is underlined.]


Article IX: Age Friendly Committee

§31-50 Mission.

There is hereby created the Age Friendly Committee, with a mission to provide services and advocacy that enable all residents of Bar Harbor to live in their homes for as long as possible as well as provide programs geared to keeping older adults active and engaged in the community.

§31-51 Appointment.

The Town Council shall appoint Bar Harbor residents to the Committee.

The Committee shall consist of 7 members with one member being a Town Councilor. There will also be 2 alternate members that serve 1 year terms and do not have voting rights.

The term of each member shall be for three years, except the initial appointments which shall be two appointments for 1 year; two appointments for two years and three appointments for three years.  All newly designated committee members are to be sworn in by the Town Clerk.

§31-52 Meetings.

The Committee shall elect a Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary at the first regular meeting of each year for a one year term.  The Chair shall call a meeting at least once a month unless there are no agenda items.  The secretary shall take minutes at each meeting and send approved minutes to the Town Clerk.  A quorum is 4 members of the Committee.  Meeting agendas shall be posted on the bulletin board in the Municipal Building lobby and on the town’s website.

§31-53 Duties and Responsibilities.

The Committee will:

A. Identify needs of residents in the community.

B. Provide opportunity for public input into strategic planning and delivery of services for all citizens.

C. Recommend to Town Council services to fill those needs.

D. Pursue outside funding sources to advance the work of the Committee.

E. Explore ways to make Bar Harbor Age Friendly in the following 8 areas:

    (1) Transportation

    (2) Housing

    (3) Outdoor spaces and building

    (4) Social participation

    (5) Respect and social inclusion

    (6) Civic participation and employment

    (7) Communication and information

    (8) Community support and health services

F. Provide an annual report to the Town Council.

 [End of Ordinance]

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