Happy New Year, WSMAC!
Well, 2020 was quite a strange year, wasn’t it? It doesn’t look like 2021
is going to return to normal real soon, but nevertheless, time does march
on, and things are happening! So I’m taking the initiative to send this
email on behalf of your WSMAC Core Committee.
The most exciting news IMO is that Public Services is in possession of the
DOT’s proposals for crosswalk improvements from the 2017 Pedestrian Safety
forum, and Eric Dudley (Director of Public Services, also our liaison to
the city, and member of this email list) has promised to deliver printed
copies to me to distribute to the Core Committee. I will do so as soon as I
*Route 25 Project Information*
Yesterday I found this link
to a "Virtual Public Meeting" that DOT has put together on the project to
add a second through lane to William Clark Drive at the western
intersection with Main Street, heading towards Gorham. You need to enter
your name, email, and phone number to register, then there is a page of
information and numerous videos about the project. You can also leave
comments. I haven't watched it yet myself, but I'm told that the timetable
for the physical work is spring and summer of 2022.
Our bylaws <https://www.downtownwestbrook.com/wsmac/files/Bylaws.pdf> call
for elections for the Core Committee every January, at the normal monthly
meeting. Since we are not currently meeting in person, we will have to do
it either in an online meeting such as Zoom, or perhaps we could utilize an
online survey tool instead. I think this should have more discussion from
the current Core Committee, but let us know if you have opinions.
Regardless of the form the election takes, nominations are open! We can do
this over email, and you can nominate yourself or any member. Here is what
we have so far:
- *Chair*: Open (Leelee has decided not to run this year; she will
automatically become Past Chair)
- *Vice Chair*: Dennis has nominated himself, I second the nomination.
- *Secretary*: Open (Kimberly stepped down a few months ago)
- *Treasurer*: Kristi has nominated herself, I second the nomination.
Please reply to this email with your nominations.
*Rock Row Area Signage*
In my recent conversation with Eric, I also mentioned a personal interest
of mine, bicycle-related signage on Main Street/Route 25 past Rock Row
approaching Portland, where it becomes Brighton Avenue. If you're
interested, I'll mention that I've been talking with the Portland
Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PBPAC) in the last few months about
bike lanes that Portland has been striping leading up to the Westbrook line
at Riverside. Without boring you with the details, the bottom line is there
will not be bike lanes on Westbrook's side, for various reasons, and I'm
concerned with, and talking with PBPAC about, how Portland is transitioning
the striping into Westbrook.
This is all a long way of giving you the context for the fact that Eric
told me that he could get signage posted alerting everyone to the fact that
bicyclists are allowed to use the full travel lane in that area, which I'm
happy about. So I just wanted to share that, and maybe make it a little
more officially a WSMAC request, not just me.
- John, Core Committee Past Chair (2020)