Public input sought on road projects, wastewater treatment plant upgrade

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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.

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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.

abryant@sunjournal.com

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