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Commissioners sign on to support Pine Tree Zone push

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 166, No. 3, January 21, 2004

By Jessica Lee
Staff Writer

Vote allows Moosehead Junction Township to join application

DOVER-FOXCROFT Piscataquis County Commissioners signed onto an agreement Tuesday to participate in the Penquis Pine Tree Zone, granting the Piscataquis Properties Corp. as the coordinating agency if the application process is successful.

Mark Scarano, executive director of the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council, explained Tuesday that the county commissioners' approval is needed to allow Moosehead Junction Township as one of the properties under consideration.

He also asked the county to designate Piscataquis Properties Corp., whose membership includes representatives from all municipalities in the county, as the administrative and marketing authority for the initiative.

The towns of Guilford and Monson already had signed off on similar agreements, Scarano said.

According to Scarano, there are eight applicants for the eight available Pine Tree Zone designations. Four already have been determined by the state legislature. The Pine Tree Zone applications are due Jan. 31.

"Our chances look pretty good" in securing one of those slots, Scarano said.

Piscataquis County is joining with the towns of Dexter and Newport in the application for the Penquis Pine Tree Zone, according to Scarano. Dexter's coordinating agency will be the Dexter Regional Development Corp., and a local group in Newport will act on behalf of that town, he said.

Commissioner Tom Lizotte said "it's nice to see we can partner with Dexter and Newport."

Commissioner Chairman Eben Dewitt thanked Scarano for his "attention to detail" in seeing the process through on behalf of Penquis area residents.

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