VEAZIE, Maine — Town councilors voted unanimously Monday night to join 105 other Maine communities in a program that aims to make home weatherization a more viable option for homeowners.
The council’s adoption of a local Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, ordinance will allow the town’s residents to apply for loans to help them increase energy efficiency in their homes. The town must adopt an ordinance before it is allowed to participate in the program, according to Town Manager Joseph Hayes.
The PACE program offers a maximum loan of $15,000 with a repayment term of up to 15 years, according to the PACE website, http://www.efficiencymaine.com/pace/.
In other news, the council voted to name John Larson as the code enforcement officer, local plumbing inspector, building inspector and electrical inspector. Larson also fills that role in towns including Surry, Northport and Stockton Springs.
The council planned to recognize Veazie’s oldest resident, Margaret Van Aken, during Monday’s council meeting but had to push back the event because Van Aken and her family members weren’t able to attend. Van Aken will have her 97th birthday in mid-March, according to Hayes.
The ceremony has been pushed back to the next council meeting, which is scheduled for March 12. The council expects to present Van Aken with a certificate and Boston Post Cane, which traditionally is presented to each town’s oldest resident.
John Holden of Eaton Peabody Consulting Group highlighted the council’s options regarding the future of the town’s tax increment financing agreement. Veazie’s TIF agreement expires in 2020 and could be extended for a maximum of another 10 years, Holden said.
Hayes will meet with Holden to discuss the agreement and what projects the town would like to pursue through the TIF. One project suggested by a resident at the meeting is the expansion of natural gas lines under the railroad tracks from State Street to the section of town closer to the Penobscot River.
The council also postponed discussion of goals for 2012 until all five members of the council are present. Councilor David King was absent from Monday’s meeting and the council is trying to find a time this week when all members can meet.