Airport funds focus of Greenville meeting

Posted April 30, 2009, at 8:52 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:14 p.m.

GREENVILLE, Maine — Residents will be asked next week to authorize selectmen to borrow up to $45,710 to leverage about $1.8 million in federal and state funds for improvements to the municipal airport.

A special town meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, to see whether residents will appropriate and authorize the board to borrow the local share and expend up to a total of $1,828,397 to rehabilitate runway 3-21, pave two subtaxiways and provide updated weather instrumentation for pilots.

“I hope they [residents] support this,” Greenville Town Manager John Simko said Thursday. If the town does not come up with the local match, it will lose the federal and state funds, he said. In addition, if the town waited until the June town meeting, it would be too late, Simko said.

“Not only is it a chance to fix up infrastructure that needs to be fixed up and not only is it a chance to leverage a significant amount of federal and state dollars, but I think more than ever we could benefit from having a major construction project in town.” He said the project would put people to work and would bring activity into the town.

Simko said this probably would be the last major infrastructure project for the airport.

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