PITTSFIELD, Maine — It took nearly two years of pressure by Councilor Louise Baker, but it all paid off this week when Pittsfield was awarded a $50,000 Services Grant to erect a wind turbine.
Baker began lobbying the council and town manager nearly as soon as she was elected to turn to alternative energy and wind power. The town was able to use the services of a University of Maine intern, Carolyn Dodge, who was familiar with wind turbines, to write and submit the grant last year.
The Bergey 10 kW wind turbine, to be supplied by Evolo Energy of Newport, will be erected at the town’s transfer and recycling center, the heaviest energy user of all town buildings. About 1,500 people use the transfer station and recycling center each week.
The town’s match for the project will be $12,551.
“This project will serve as an example and demonstration to the community,” Town Manager Kathryn Ruth said. She said it is in a very visible location and could be visited by local schoolchildren as an educational trip.
“The Pittsfield wind turbine has the potential to influence people’s decision-making on using wind power and alternative energy,” Ruth said.
At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the council will authorize Ruth to accept the grant agreement between the town and the Maine Public Utilities Commission.
In other business, the council is expected to:
ä Adopt a new plan for the Industrial Park expansion and tax increment financing district.
ä Authorize the expenditure of $10,000 for engineering for installation of a backup water pump at the town’s water treatment facility. This project was funded through the Maine Drinking Water Program’s stimulus funding.
ä Approve $8,000 in additional site design costs for the Pittsfield Public Library expansion to Kleinschmidt Associates.
ä Approve two change orders for roof rehabilitation work at Pittsfield Community Theatre.
ä Reallocate $295,000 from the town’s Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund, which contains more than $600,000, to a new fund called the Economic Development Fund. Expenditures may be approved only by the Town Council and are to be used for items such as matching funds for grants.
ä Approve a continuation of the curbside recycling pickup agreement with the town of Palmyra at $16,600.
All meetings are open to the public and begin at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers of the municipal building on Somerset Avenue.