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Town to close on Eastern Piscataquis Industrial Park

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 166, No. 40, October 06, 2004
Mayo Regional Hospital may be first tenant

MILO - The idea of an industrial park in Milo is about to become a reality. Town officials expect to close on 155 acres on Park Street Oct. 15, land that is earmarked for the Eastern Piscataquis Industrial Park Project. The news came in a project update to the Milo Board of Selectmen Tuesday night.

"We are very upbeat; we are very pleased. The park was just a gleam In our eyes six years ago," Milo Town Manager Jane Jones said of the project. The price tag for the land is $271,000, approved at a special town meeting held earlier last summer. The town hopes to be fully reimbursed if voters approve the Piscataquis County development bond in November.

A contract with CES Engineering of Brewer for initial site design and layout has been entered into and surveys on the property perimeter are already underway. "We expect to hit the ground running after closing," Jones told selectmen.

The town is also actively negotiating with Mayo Regional Hospital to build an approximately 4,500 square-foot facility there, Jones reported. Town and hospital officials are preparing a joint application for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to fund $150,000 of ;the projected $450,000-$500,000 jcost of the new building. The new 'space is expected to house Milo family Practice, she said.

How to bring sewer to the park is still being explored with the Milo Water District Trustees. Although the existing sewer only stops short a few hundred yards, the price tag to install sewer facilities for that distance could be high, Jones explained.

A public presentation and hearing for Phase 1 of the town's Comprehensive Plan has been scheduled at the Milo Town Hall for Thursday, October 28, at 7 p.m. Phase 1 includes sections on population, history and housing, Jones said. The committee developing the plan seeks active feedback. A completed plan is expected to be presented to Voters in March 2006.

The town' s financial picture is sound, according to the town manager. A newly implemented split system of tax collection has been successful and may save the town up to $9,000 for the year, she said.

The next regular Selectmen's Meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 at the Milo Town Hall.

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