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November 15, 2010


University of Maine at Fort Kent President, Wilson G. Hess has announced the appointment of a 10-member joint University/Community Task Force to make recommendations on the use of the former Maine National Guard Armory in Fort Kent.  

Maine State Representative, John Martin, of Eagle Lake will chair the Task Force. UMFK Vice President of Administration, John Murphy, will be the Task Forces’ vice chair and primary University liaison. 
Members of the appointed Task Force are:
·   John Martin – chair
·   John Murphy - vice chair
·   Patrick O’Neill, Superintendent of MSAD #27, UMFK Board of Visitors – public member
·   Glenn Lamarr, TD Bank Vice President of Commercial Lending, UMFK Board of Visitors - public member
·    Jesse Jalbert, Executive Director, Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce – public member
·    Dana Saucier, retired businessman, UMFK Board of Visitors, – public member
·    Tony Enerva, UMFK faculty member
·    Scott Brickman, UMFK faculty member
·    Leslie Nichols, UMFK staff member
·    Blair Pelletier, UMFK student
The Task Force currently is accepting Notices of Intent until Wednesday, December 1, 2010 on proposals for use of the Armory. Final proposals are due by Friday, December 17, 2010.
The Task Force is charged with soliciting proposals, reviewing them, and providing its ranked recommendations for planning and implementation early in 2011. 
It is anticipated that many proposals will encompass only partial use of the facility, and may be combined with other uses.  Preference will be given to proposals that directly support existing University activities, as well as those that have a revenue component associated with them.
Current expectations are that the best use of the Armory will be as a multi-use facility, for use by both the University and the greater Fort Kent community.
The Maine State Legislature transferred ownership of the Armory from the Military Bureau to UMFK last April. 
The Fort Kent Armory is a 17,341 square foot single-story concrete block building with a brick exterior, built in 1962.  One 4,250 sq. ft. storage building, built in 1989, is a steel framed building on a concrete slab.  The other small storage building is concrete block. 
The Armory sits on an approximately 2.78-acre site, bordering the UMFK campus.  The land used to be part of the former Madawaska Training School (a predecessor school of UMFK) until it was subdivided to create the Armory in 1955.
Requests to review the site, for preliminary proposal forms, or for Armory plans/documentation may be coordinated through John Murphy at 834-7516, or by e-mail at