Wilton public hearings planned for Tuesday

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WILTON — Residents will have a second opportunity to hear about the planned sewage treatment plant upgrade during a public hearing planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, at the town office.

An engineer from Olver Associates of Winterport will explain the need and reasoning behind their recommendation to upgrade the 31-year-old plant.

Selectmen wanted to share the proposed plans for the $9.5 million project with residents as sewer rates are expected to increase in increments over the next three years. Two public hearings were scheduled, one was held in April and the other planned for May 4, for that purpose, said Town Manager Rhonda Irish.

A second hearing was scheduled for those who could not make the first presentation.

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During another public hearing, also planned for Tuesday night prior to the Board of Selectmen’s regular meeting, a plan to look at economic development, housing and tourism in the downtown Wilton area will be explained, Irish said. The board will make a decision on applying for a $10,000 Community Development Block Grant to support the plan.

The planning grant is expected to pay for a studying the local the economy and revitalizating the downtown. Another phase would examine housing and tourism related to economic growth, Irish said earlier.

The application process includes a public hearing because part of the grant requires hiring someone to study these phases to make recommendations.

Following the hearings, the board will consider granting permission for Elvis Phair and Therese Pinette to seasonally operate a portable hot dog stand at the foot of Wilson Lake and sign the warrant for the 2010 annual town meeting.

abryant@sunjournal.com

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