GUILFORD, Maine — Residents in six towns voted to approve a $680,000 bond issue to allow SAD 4 to purchase pellet boilers for its two schools.
The six towns — Abbot, Cambridge, Guilford, Parkman, Sangerville and Wellington — collectively voted 121-59 for the article on Tuesday. Five towns passed the article, Abbot 19-12, Cambridge 9-6, Guilford 40-6, Sangerville 36-12 and Wellington 7-4. Parkman voted against it, 19-10.
The bond will 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. 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.