Town Receives $472,000 in Homeland Security Cash

BAR HARBOR — As public safety officials here continue to spend nearly $650,000 awarded to the town by the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last year, they have learned that even more money is on the way.

DHS officials recently confirmed that another $472,000 has been awarded to Bar Harbor, Police Chief Nate Young said this week. Added to last year’s grant, the amount of money awarded to the town as part of DHS’s port security grant program now totals more than $1.1 million.

Three major projects were applied for as part of the latest round of funding, but the DHS has not yet said which ones the town should move forward on, Chief Young said. The projects are: reconstruction of the harbormaster’s office at 1 West Street; remodeling the police and fire dispatch center; and expansion of the antenna network for a new emergency personnel radio system.

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