Voters to decide on bond for pellet boilers in Guilford-area schools

Posted June 23, 2013, at 3:57 p.m.

GUILFORD, Maine — Residents in the town representing School Administrative District 4 have the opportunity to vote on Tuesday on a bonded project that would begin in December.

Voters in Abbot, Cambridge, Guilford, Parkman, Sangerville and Wellington can approve or deny a $680,000 bond issue that would allow the district to replace boilers that use high-cost heating oil with lower-cost biomass fuel to heat schools.

Norris A. Preble Inc. of Madison has been awarded the bid for the project, if the bond is approved. Pellet boilers and pellet storage silos will be installed at Piscataquis County Secondary School and Piscataquis Community Elementary School.

According to the article, the bond issue would not increase local property tax assessments. The project would pay for itself in eight years, according to Superintendent Paul Stearns.