MEXICO — The final signing of a new, seven-year contract between the town of Dixfield and the Mexico Sewer District was completed this week to outline the responsibility for repairing and maintaining the sewer lines.
Anne Young, one of the trustees, said the next step will be to organize a seven-member advisory committee during the next couple of months to meet at least semi-annually to review any issues or other matters.
That committee will comprised the three sewer district trustees, three Dixfield selectmen, and possibly one member of the Rumford/Mexico Sewage Treatment facility.
“We’re happy. I’m glad we have a new contract,” Young said of the agreement.
The issue has been ongoing for nearly a year, and the inability to come to an agreement last summer was at least part of the reason the state postponed the replacement of the Webb River Bridge. That bridge connects the two towns on Route 2. It also has Dixfield’s sewer main attached to the underside of the bridge.
Plans now show that Maine Department of Transportation engineering work, and perhaps the start of construction, may begain later this year, Dixfield Town Manager Eugene Skibitsky has said.
The previous contract was for 30 years.
Young said a review of the just-adopted contract will likely begin in five years.
At issue in the negotiations was the percentage of pipeline maintenance responsibility for Dixfield and for the sewer district.
The agreement calls for Dixfield to pay for repairs to the sewer line from the Dixfield boundary to the gravity main in Mexico, a distance of about 2 miles. From the gravity main to the sewage treatment plant, a distance of about 1 mile, the sewer district and the town of Dixfield will split repair costs.
Dixfield selectmen unanimously approved the agreement at their board meeting Monday night. The trustees did the same at their afternoon meeting on Tuesday.