WILTON — The first of two public hearings on the town’s proposed upgrade of the wastewater treatment plant begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at the town office and is being held prior to the selectmen’s meeting. A second hearing is planned for May 4.
Public input is sought as the grant application process requires a show of support from townspeople. The board chose to hold a second meeting to accommodate those who aren’t able to make it to the first hearing. The town is preparing to apply for a United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant for partial funding of the $9.5 million project.
There will be an explanation of the proposed plans, designed by engineers from Olver Associates of Winterport, to upgrade the 31-year-old plant that has exceeded its life expectancy of 20-years.
Although customers have not seen an increase in their bills in over 20 years, sewer rate increases are planned in increments over the next three years.
During the selectmen’s meeting, the work of the town’s new Road Committee comes under review.
The committee has met all winter to seek a plan for summer maintenance projects on the town’s 53-miles of roads. The committee and selectmen are looking for public input on what road projects the community wants to see done this summer, how the budgeted $200,000-plus for road work should be spent and to help devise a plan for roadwork over the next few years.