Excerpt from The Piscataquis Observer/Bangor Daily News January 16, 2014 article by Mike Lange that has relevance for Milo, Brownville, Lakeview and nearby UT's:
"GUILFORD, Maine — While the contract between USA Energy Group and the Maine Municipal Review Committee — the nonprofit organization that runs the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company — doesn’t expire until 2018, some towns are already concerned about the future of the operation.
Last week, the towns of Guilford and Dexter signed a resolution to urge MRC to “continue its mission … by providing a regional solid waste solution beyond 2018 for the benefit of the charter municipalities.”
The reason for the action is USA Energy Group’s endorsement of a bill before the Legislature that could increase tipping fees by $1.5 million per year over the next four years, according to Guilford Town Manager Tom Goulette.
“The problem is that USA Energy Group is a for-profit company and MRC is a nonprofit organization. In Guilford’s case, this would increase our cost to $67 a ton by 2018,” Goulette said. The town currently pays $45 per ton.
According to the MRC website, the nonprofit entity consisting of 187 municipalities controls about 23 percent of the partnership. In 2012, PERC received more than 310,000 tons of solid waste, recovered over 8,900 tons of ferrous material and generated over 166,000 megawatts of electricity.
Another problem is that demolition debris is not included in the new agreement, Goulette said. “If your town has a lot of new construction going on, this could be costly,” he said. “I’m glad MRC is looking at other options. We’re behind them.”
More meetings are scheduled in the future to iron out the details of any new contract, so Goulette said that everything related to the operation of PERC “is a work in progress. We just have to make sure we’re taking care of the taxpayers.”... "
Come for one, several or forever to Art Classes for beginners on up. Classes are being held at Milo Public Library on Thursday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00. Cost is only $5.00 for lessons by Suzette East.
You will learn the elements and principles of design; and tangible "studies" include how, as artists, we need to understand the objects and settings around us to teach our brains to trust the artistic application to make it become real ! I also focus on recognizing simple shapes and how space and light effect them.
Students need a variety of drawing pencils in varying "hardnesses" 2h, 4h, 6h, hb, 2b, 4b, 6b; tortillions or q-tips, kneaded erasers, a smooth surface sketch pad. Everyone is welcome and it’s a lot of fun !
Please keep in mind that if school is cancelled the Art Class will also be cancelled.
Good morning everyone. Please use caution driving this morning. We've had warm weather but the overnight temps have made the roads slick. Give yourself some extra travel time today.
The Maine Department of Health advises that the level of flu is rising in the state and further that the match of the flu virus to the flu vaccine is good. A good match suggests that the flu vaccine may by particularly protective against flu; it's not too late to get a flu shot. As always protect yourself with good handwashing and protect others by covering that cough.
signed: Town Health Officer