MATTAWAMKEAG, Maine — A developer’s plan to turn the former Dr. Carl Troutt School into a small-scale wood pellet manufacturing facility will likely be delayed until mid-2016, he said Friday.
“We still plan on being up and running. Everything is still moving forward,” developer David Kidwell of Pinetree Pellet Fuels said. “There are a few things that need to be done.”
“I am not going to rush to get it going. I am going to take my time and do it right,” Kidwell added.
Town Clerk Jodi Furge said she hadn’t heard from Kidwell for several weeks. Board of Selectmen Chairman John Whitehouse said Friday that the delay in opening was understandable, given Kidwell’s desire “to do it right.”
Kidwell had hoped to have the plant operational last month. Residents overwhelmingly voted to support Kidwell’s plan when they met at a special town meeting on March 14.
As part of his plan, Kidwell would install two machines that would manufacture softwood pellets for home-heating use at the school. Eventually, as many as 18 people would be employed, he has said.
The two manufacturing machines could generate a maximum capacity of 20,000 tons of home-heating pellets annually for regional sale. Whitehouse has placed the cost of the renovations and machinery at close to $650,000.
Emera Maine workers are due to run a 480-volt power line into the building in January, Kidwell said Friday.
Kidwell paid the town $50,000 for the school in June. He is current on his water and sewer bills, Whitehouse said Friday.