Community Development Committee


Karl Albrecht - at large* Chair
July 2025
Debora Keller - Bath Housing Authority rep.July 2024
Rob Gray - non-profit organization rep.July 2024
Mara Pennell - banking rep.July 2026
Rick Bisson - real estate rep.
July 2026
Gretchen Jaeger - Main Street Bath rep.July 2025
Director of Planning and DevelopmentEx officio
Director of Economic and Community DevelopmentEx officio
Councilor Chris MarksCity Council rep.
Councilor Mary Ellen Bell (annual appointment)City Council rep.

Membership updated 4-17-2024


The Community Development Committee was created by City Council resolution in 1992. Its mission is to promote community growth and development through strategic neighborhood stabilization and partnering on supportive programming to benefit residents and property owners. The committee will serve as the review committee for state and federal grant applications and advise the City Council on applications, plans and policies to help meet community development goals.

Appointments and Meeting Schedule

This is a standing committee. Appointments made by City Council. Terms are three (3) years.

Committee meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 2:00 pm.


  • Review committee for Community Development Block Grant and Brownfields programs
  • Citizen Involvement Day
  • Housing – new/re- development, winterize
  • Approve loans for housing improvement programs
  • Neighborhood stabilization, including abandoned properties
  • Homelessness (when applicable)
  • Downtown façade program
  • Food insecurity/stability (when applicable)
  • Agriculture (when applicable)
  • Playgrounds (when applicable)
  • Public art (when applicable)

General Information
Phone Numbers
Emergencies: Dial 911
55 Front Street