BAILEYVILLE, Maine — A planned expansion at the town’s landfill, one of only a few licensed landfills still in operation in the state, is going well, Town Manager Linda Pagels-Wentworth said Tuesday.
The landfill site originally was donated to the town by then-pulp mill owner Domtar and was approved by the state more than a decade ago, the manager said.
“The basic footprint was approved for four cells,” she said. “It took 10 years to fill Cell One.”
Pagels-Wentworth said a construction firm is on site this month opening the second cell, actually called Cell Four, and capping Cell One.
“The [Maine Department of Environmental Protection] is working closely with the contractor and the town, monitoring the process,” Pagels-Wentworth said.
At the same time, Baileyville is working to extend its existing industrial park. The park is home to the U.S. Border Patrol, UPS and Fundy Construction. The expansion will allow the town to market two additional lots.
In other town business, Pagels-Wentworth said that James McLaughlin, who is director of the transfer station and wastewater treatment plant, also would take over public works. The manager said a search for a new public works director was unsuccessful and so McLaughlin agreed to take over the position.
“We gave him a small raise,” she said, “but this move allowed us to hire a couple of laborers for the department. We are trying not to be so top-heavy in administration.”
In other recent business, the manager said the town has:
• Voted to give an unused mobile classroom to the Baileyville School Committee for its reuse or sale.
• Completed the sale and transfer of phantom properties that were part of paper streets created when the original paper mill drew up the footprint of the town. Most of the streets were signed off to abutting landowners in 1989, Pagels-Wentworth said, but there were a couple that were missed.
• Approved a board of assessment review ordinance but sent a building and property maintenance ordinance back for amendment. “The people at the [Sept. 26] meeting just wanted to make sure that people were treated fairly,” Pagels-Wentworth said. She said the ordinance was intended to deal with a number of unattended and abandoned buildings that present health and safety challenges.