BREWER, Maine — Lou Silver Inc. of Veazie was hired by the city Tuesday night to add new water and sewer lines on Elm Street and Green Point Road, which will bring utilities to the city’s new Business and Commerce Park and benefit some residents.
“That is what this is all for,” D’arcy Main-Boyington, Brewer’s economic development director, said after the City Council meeting. “That it is going to service the business park.”
Maine Liquid Methane Fuels LLC, which is working to establish the state’s first liquid methane fuels plant, is the anchor tenant in the park that is situated behind the landfill on Wiswell Road, she said.
The $1.8 million contract with Lou Silver was given an emergency preamble to expedite the process, City Engineer Frank Higgins said during the meeting.
“He’s anxious to get started,” he said. The construction company should begin working by the end of the month and “we’re anticipating that the projects will be completed in November.”
Councilor Larry Doughty asked if the water line project could be modified to address water pressure problems in the Starlight Drive neighborhood.
Higgins said it has been discussed and Mike Riley, Brewer Water superintendent, added that the city is working on getting an easement from Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. to connect the two main pipes. It would cost around $30,000 to make the improvement, he said.
“We’re hoping there will be enough left over in the budget to get that done,” Riley said.
Since the sewer and water main extension projects require an inspector, the city also hired James W. Sewall Co. of Old Town, at a cost not to exceed $60,000, to provide inspection services as needed.
When it came time to vote on the $32.5 million fiscal year 2011-12 budget, Verow took issue with the sewer budget.
“I asked to remove this item because once again our sewer rate is increasing by 4 percent,” he said. “It’s the third year in a row and I thought our budget could be adjusted” to offset the increase.
The entire budget, which includes $19,596,958 for education and $12,043,265 to run the city, was approved unanimously, except for the sewer portion which Verow opposed.
Residents have the final say in the school budget, which will be presented to them in the form of a budget validation referendum on June 14.
During the meeting, the council also:
• Approved seven special outdoor event permits for summertime gatherings at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Club, Brewster’s Fine Food & Drink, Brookside Grill, Cap’s Tavern, Jester’s Food & Spirits, the Timeout Entertainment Center and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s.
• Voted to have the Public Works Department demolish the Washington Street School when it is turned over to the city later this year.
• Extended the paving contract with Pike Industries of Lewiston, which was issued in September, for an additional year at the same price levels. City councilors voted to spend $320,000 on paving projects for fiscal year 2012.
• Proclaimed June 17 as Juneteenth Celebration Day. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
• Recognized the more than 200 volunteers who participated in or contributed to the annual stream cleanup that collected more than 6 tons of trash from around the city.
• Recognized volunteers from All Souls Congregational Church in Bangor and Calvary Baptist Church in Brewer for volunteer work on May 15 cleaning more than 350 gravestones at Oak Hill Cemetery and spreading wood chips at the Sherwood Forest Park trail.
Correction: In an earlier version of this story the name of the Brewer City Council member who asked if the water line project could be modified to address water pressure problems on Starlight Drive was listed incorrectly. Councilor Larry Doughty brought the issue forward, not Arthur “Archie” Verow.