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Piscataquis County bond supporters set hearing

Article from Bangor Daily News, Wednesday, August 18, 2004

By Diana Bowley
of the NEWS Staff

DOVER-FOXCROFT - Supporters of a Piscataquis County bond issue to be decided on Nov. 2 will explain the nearly $1 million request at public hearings scheduled this fall.Special legislation enacted last year gives Piscataquis County commissioners the authority to put local bond referendum questions for economic development purposes before voters. The bond would be paid over 10 years by every community and unorganized territory through the county tax.

County and economic development officials have proposed borrowing approximately $1 million for the following:

- $400,000 to extend a water line to Pleasant River Lumber Co. in Dover-Foxcroft.

- $121,000 for expansion of Greenville Industrial Park.

- $150,000 to augment state, federal and Greenville municipal contributions for the Composite Incubator building in Greenville.

- $271,000 for purchase of land for the proposed Eastern Piscataquis Industrial Park in Milo.

Bond package supporters, including municipal, county and economic development officials, say the county should take charge of its own future rather than wait for state help.

In other business Tuesday, the commissioners:

- Awarded the winter road maintenance contract for Frenchtown and Lily Bay to Larry Rowe of Greenville. Rowe, the only bidder, will receive $5,150 per mile for 10.84 miles for each year of a three-year contract.

This is a $500 per mile increase over his last contract with the county.

Two local contractors submitted bids for winter maintenance in Williamsburg, Ebeeme and Katahdin Iron Works. Because the contractor who submitted the lowest bid is unfamiliar to the commissioners, they agreed to check his references and take action on the contract at their next meeting.

Michael Dulac of Dover-Foxcroft submitted the lowest bid for the work, at $3,075 per mile for 13.38 miles each of three years. He also submitted the same price for plowing and sanding 16.33 miles in Orneville.

Longtime county contractor Billy London of Milo submitted a bid of $3,975, $4,150 and $4,275 each year for three years for the Orneville project and submitted the same price increase for Williamsburg, Ebeeme and K.I. London's contract also carried a stipulation that the county would reimburse him if fuel costs go over $2.50 per gallon and for salt if the price exceeds $65 per ton.

- Voted to donate $3,000 each to C.A. Dean and Three Rivers ambulances, and $1,000 to the Millinocket ambulance service.

Commissioners on Tuesday set the bond public hearings for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, in the Superior Court courtroom in Dover-Foxcroft; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, in Greenville; and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in Milo. The places for the latter two meetings have not yet been determined.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.