LIVERMORE FALLS — Sewer trustees will hold a public hearing Monday on a proposed application for a $179,000 federal loan/grant to replace sewer lines on Main Street in conjunction with a state road project.
The loan/grant is in addition to the $570,000 initially estimated for the project in 2004. At that time, the department was awarded a $182,700 federal grant in conjunction with a $223,000 low-interest loan to replace sewer lines between Bridge Street and the Jay line on Main Street, also known as Route 4.
That money has been on hold until the Maine Department of Transportation reconstructs a 1.1 mile section of Route 4 from Bridge Street to Pineau Street in Jay.
The $179,000 to be discussed during the hearing on July 6 at 6:30 p.m. is how much the cost of the project has increased since 2004.
The breakdown on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development funding system would be 70 percent loan and 30 percent grant, Livermore Falls Town Manager Jim Chaousis said. However, the town is eligible to receive up to a 45 percent grant, he said.
If a state bond passes in November, the state is expected to do the project.
Jay Sewer Department and the Livermore Falls Water District also plan to replace sewer and water lines during the state work.
Jay Sewer Department’s Mark Holt estimated earlier this year that the cost for their portion would be about $667,000, which was about $200,000 more than the estimated cost five years ago.
Jay’s sewer rates are not high enough for the town to receive a grant for the project, Holt had previously said.
The Livermore Falls Water District’s portion of the upgrade encompasses the entire length of the project in both towns. The district plans to replace water mains among other work estimated at $1.7 million, District Superintendent Doug Burdo said previously. That was up from the original estimate of $840,000.
A regular selectmen’s meeting will follow the hearing on Monday.
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