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Selectmen plan special vote for sewer plant loan

MADAWASKA, Maine — The Madawaska Board of Selectmen discussed a grant opportunity for the sewer treatment plant and pump stations at the monthly meeting Tuesday, June 19.

The grant, funded by Maine Department of Environmental Protection through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, will allow the town to make necessary repairs to the treatment plant, according to Town Manager Gary Picard.

The grant would provide the town with 58.98 percent of the loan principal forgiveness for the $1,870,000 project, repaying up to $1,000,000 of the project costs.

The treatment plant would need repairs and updates, including designing an improved automated dissolved oxygen control as an additive alternate, updating the drain pit that will be used for decanting and pumping, separating the lab and office to prevent costly dust migration, ADA improvements to office layouts, and other necessary upgrades, according to Picard.

Selectmen voted to approve a secondary warrant for a special town meeting to follow the adjournment of the annual town meeting, slated for Wednesday, June 27, at 7 p.m. at the Madawaska High School cafeteria.

“State law allows towns to amend a town warrant with an addendum warrant as long as it is posted seven days before the meeting,” Picard said. “But we felt like we were cutting it close and we actually preferred to keep the annual town meeting warrant separate from this new business.”

The special town meeting to approve the grant offer and loan amount of $695,000 will follow the annual meeting.

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