KINGFIELD — Selectmen on Monday night accepted bids for wastewater system upgrades and maintenance on residential pump stations.

Fenwick Construction’s bid of $13,627 for septic replacement work was approved, along with Jordan Construction’s bid of $124,040 to do pumping station upgrade work.

The pumping station upgrade plans will be reviewed and approved by Maine-Land Development Consultants in Livermore Falls before the work begins.

Selectmen also approved applying for a $50,000 grant from the Maine Community Development Fund on behalf of two local businesses. Kingfield Design is a custom design shop that offers indoor and outdoor signs, banners and graphic design services. First Inline Sports does customized ski boot fitting and ski tuning.

The micro-enterprise grant money is awarded annually to small startup businesses for equipment purchases and related projects that stimulate economic growth and future employment opportunities.

In other matters, newly elected Selectman Morgan Dunham said Lisa Standish, chairwoman of the Village Enhancement Committee, asked her to check on the status of a board policy to require that committee members have minimum attendance standards. In a recent meeting, Standish explained to selectmen that the committee sometimes can’t vote on actions because they lack a quorum.


Standish has suggested selectmen establish a policy that would require attendance standards to remain on the board. Selectmen approve funding the committee with Tax Increment Financing money through a tax-sheltering plan established between the town and Poland Spring Water Co. a decade ago.

“Can we come up with a policy for them?” Dunham asked.

Selectmen declined to establish a policy until they communicated with members who don’t attend regularly and possibly find new members.

Dunham also noted that selectmen appoint committee members who work to develop plans for townwide improvement. She noted that some plans have been vetoed, which was discouraging for the committee.

“Wait till you’ve been here awhile,” board Chairman Wade Browne said. “You’ll see how long it takes to get some things done.”

Selectman John Dill noted that one Village Enhancement Committee plan for a park along the Carrabassett River that has stalled for several years because one landowner refused to allow the town to secure a right of way over her property.

That isn’t for lack of trying by the committee and selectmen, Dill noted, and not all projects are developed, approved and completed without setbacks.


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