LINCOLN, Maine — The local airport and River Road will get three-phase electrical power in what town officials said Tuesday is a significant step in plans to create more jobs and develop the town’s industrial capacities.

The Town Council emerged from an executive session and voted 7-0 during a meeting on Monday to allocate as much as $65,000 to the project. The vote authorized Town Manager Ron Weatherbee to negotiate the power deal with Emera Maine, the region’s primary electrical utility.

The Emera installation will occur within a few weeks, council Chairman Steve Clay said.

Besides helping an airplane float manufacturer, PK Floats Inc., restart its plant on Flyaway Drive, the power deal will help add public water and wastewater service to River Road, Clay said.

“It’s a very important step in the town’s economic development plans,” Town Councilor Curt Ring said. “We are getting a lot of attention from the state and federal governments because we have [an economic development] plan that we’ve been working on for several years.”

Officials from the offices of Gov. Paul LePage and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, have said they will help the town secure grants that would help pay for the River Road utilities, Clay said.

If all goes well, Clay said, the River Road work could get grants and utility construction could begin as early as next summer, in conjunction with the addition of a center turning lane to West Broadway from River Road to Goding Road. That’s another project that town officials believe will increase Lincoln’s economic viability.

Although it directly connects to Exit 227 of Interstate 95, the region’s primary economic artery, River Road’s lack of industrial utilities prevents it from being developed as a light industrial zone, town officials have said.

Three-phase power allows devices to be powered by three alternating voltages of the same frequency, one of the most efficient ways to run large machinery used in manufacturing.

The three-phase power expansion will “enhance the ability for PK Floats to expand,” said Keith Strange, a production manager at the company who also runs Keith Strange Aircraft Maintenance Co. at the airport. “To increase production levels, we would have to increase our equipment. Right now we have a three-phase converter, and that is an inefficient way to generate power.”

After being shut down since March 2012 with the death of company owner Alton Bouchard, PK Floats reopened in August. It has seven workers and might expand to nine by year’s end, said Patrick McGowan, a former Maine conservation commissioner, legislator and Democratic candidate for governor who now runs the company.

Officials want to do whatever they can to help grow companies such as PK Floats, Ring said.

“We are being proactive,” Ring said. “We are not sitting back and waiting for great things to happen because we feel we are entitled to them. We are making great things happen here.”

Officials from the offices of LePage and Collins did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Tuesday. Clay said that they became interested in Lincoln’s plans and offered to help secure water and sewer grants after town officials’ application for a grant paying for three-phase power installation was rejected.

“They noticed that we have taken more of an aggressive approach [to development] and they like what we are doing,” Clay said. “This is exciting because we have been talking about [developing River Road and the airport] ever since I got on the council in 1998. And it looks promising that we will get the grants.”

Besides developing the airport, Lincoln also has acreage near the airport upon which town officials plan to site an industrial park. Lincoln officials use grants and TIF money to pay for economic development work whenever possible, Clay said.

Lincoln’s town government has named Assessor and Code Enforcement Office supervisor Ruth Birtz the town’s economic development coordinator. Birtz also does code inspection work.

Lincoln’s approach “gives you somebody that focuses on economic development,” Clay said, someone who is “able to write these grants and knows who to call, because if you have no one doing it, it is not getting done.”