The public is encouraged to attend a special meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located on the first floor of Ellsworth City Hall, 1 City Hall Plaza, Ellsworth Maine. The purpose of this meeting is to gather public input about how the Community Benefit Funds should be disbursed. This is not a time to apply for the funds. Specific designation of the funds will be determined through an application process which will begin sometime during the month of February. Applications will be available at www.co.hancock.me.us.
A community benefits agreement was entered into by the County of Hancock and Blue Sky East, LLC Wind Energy Project June 2nd, 2011. The Community Benefits Agreement includes annual contributions to the County of approximately $200,000 per year, from the project developers, for a period of up to 20 years. The County may utilize these payments for public purposes, including, but not limited to, property tax reductions, economic development projects, land and natural resource conservation, tourism promotion or reduction of energy costs or charitable contributions.