MACHIAS, Maine — The Machias Revitalization Committee has a new chairperson and plan to move forward with repair of sidewalks.

At a meeting Dec. 11, the committee accepted the resignation of former chairman April Adams and unanimously elected Angela Fochesato to the position. Town Manager Christina Therrien was elected vice chair, according to the meeting minutes.

Fochesato said last week the committee is made up of many good people.

“I’m just there to move things along,” she said.

In October, the committee announced plans to seek funding through the Community Development Block Grant program to refurbish sidewalks stretching from the Burnham Tavern on Colonial Way to just before Bar Harbor Bank & Trust on Main Street.

But in November, in its 2016 program statement, the Maine Department of Community & Economic Development had downtown revitalization funded at zero and a new program, Safe Neighborhoods, funded at $700,000 annually.

At that time, Therrien said the group would seek alternative sources of funding.

Therrien said Wednesday she doubts Community Development Block Grant funding will come through. The Department of Community & Economic Development would have to take money from other projects, such as Safe Neighborhoods, in order to fund the Machias project.

“As far as I know nothing has changed, but it doesn’t mean it can’t,” Therrien said. “I don’t know how it’s going to go.”

“We have some other grants that we’re looking at,” Fochesato said Tuesday.

A committee within the group is researching the different grants available now, she said.

She said the group is moving ahead with additional projects. In addition to sidewalks on Main Street, members hope to build sidewalks on Elm Street, from Route 1 to Stackpole Drive.

No sidewalks are located there.

“There’s a loop that we want to do … so businesses will be able to utilize that and walk safely,” Fochesato said.

The group also is looking to make improvements on the River Walk, which runs from the bottom of College Hill to Bad Little Falls, then back to Main Street and to the boat landing. This will be a trail and boardwalk, she said.

Also on the group’s radar is the West Side Trail, which is an out-and-back walk from Bad Little Falls to Stackpole Drive, off Elm Street. The trail has been there since the 1980s or early 1990s.

“We’re just going to develop it, get signage [and] really promote it,” Fochesato said.

She did not have any estimate on when the projects would be complete or how much they would cost. She said the projects will, most likely, be done in phases and that the group is researching the possibilities.

“You’re going to see Machias really start to move and shake,” Fochesato said.