Council to weigh airport grant

Posted March 03, 2009, at 10:18 p.m.

PITTSFIELD, Maine — The Town Council will hold a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. today to deal with accepting a $1.04 million grant from the Federal Aviation Agency to reconstruct the paved apron at the Ron Curtis Municipal Airport.

The grant award was announced last week and Town Manager Kathryn Ruth said the special meeting was set to meet the federal timeline for acceptance. The grant approval is the only item on the agenda.

The council will meet for its regular business meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the council chambers of the municipal building.

The agenda includes three public hearings, including one to use $2.4 million in bonds from the Maine Municipal Bond Bank to finance infrastructure upgrades to the town’s crumbling water system.

The proposed repairs include replacing 26 valves in the system to be able to turn the water off at locations rather than having to turn the entire water system off to fix a water break, installation of a back-up finish pump, replacement of 6,800 linear feet of water mains on six roads, and the replacement of 50 water hydrants needed to flush the system after water line breaks.

The second hearing has been set to accept public comments on an infrastructure expansion at the Pittsfield Industrial Park. Ruth has submitted a $1 million grant request to expand the infrastructure of the park to allow for future economic development.

The Pittsfield Industrial Park Phase II Municipal Development District would require creation of a tax increment financing district and the adoption of a development program.

The third hearing is on the details of tax anticipation borrowing for 2009.

bdnpittsfield@myfairpoint.net

487-3187

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