Old Town council to consider landfill gas project

Posted June 16, 2010, at 10:28 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — The city may approve a landfill gas project agreement at a special City Council meeting tonight after a committee workshop.

During the special meeting, the council will consider approving the landfill gas project agreement between the city and Casella Waste Systems Inc. The agreement will allow Old Town to benefit from the project, which will result in construction of a pipeline to transport Juniper Ridge Landfill’s natural methane gas to the University of Maine steam plant in Orono. The city filed a grant application on Dec. 13 for $3 million in federal stimulus money to help finance the project.

The City Council also will discuss adopting an ordinance to allow residents to participate in the Efficiency Maine Trust Act. The ordinance, titled Property Assessed Clean Energy, will allow residents to participate in the voluntary state program designed to give incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements in households.

The workshop before the special council meeting will include discussion of purchasing a portion of land from Old Town Fuel and Fiber near Penny Road. The land will be used to help straighten out Penny Road near the proposed Maine Energy and Enterprise Park.

Also during the workshop, the council will discuss authorizing its president to sign an agreement between Great Works Development and Old Town to work together on economic development projects. The dissolution of the city’s economic development committees and commissions will follow if the agreement is approved.

The Public Service Committee also will discuss amendments to the city’s firearms and parking ordinances during the workshop.

The workshop will begin at 7 p.m. at the public library on 46 Middle St. with the special council meeting immediately afterward.

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