JAY — A petition is expected to be presented to selectpersons Monday asking them to rescind their support for Central Maine Power’s proposed transmission line.

The select board meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 26 in the cafeteria of the Spruce Mountain Middle School.

The proposed New England Clean Energy Connect project would go through some towns in Western Maine to deliver hydropower from the Maine-Quebec line to Massachusetts. Among the towns the 145-mile corridor is proposed to go through  are Jay, Livermore Falls, Farmington, Lewiston, Chesterville, Leeds, Greene, New Sharon and Wilton.

It is anticipated that Jay would receive more than $460,000 in tax revenue per year, if the project is approved and built.

Susan Theberge of Jay will present the board with a petition concerning the CMP project, Town Manager Shiloh LaFreniere said. She didn’t know exactly what the petition would ask for but anticipated it would be about opposing the project. 

John Carroll, a representative of CMP, will be there to update the board on the status of the project and to answer questions, she said.


According to a Facebook post on SAY NO to NECEC, the Jay selectpersons meeting is listed. Following the listing it reads, “Ask the select board to rescind support of the CMP’s 145-mile transmission line through Maine to bring power to Massachusetts.” 

In other business, selectpersons will determine whether they want to apply for a micro-enterprise grant through the state’s Community Development Block Grant program.

Jaaron Shaw, who owns property at 5 Intervale Road and Maine Dojo, approached LaFreniere about the possibility of applying for the grant.

Shaw was at the Nov. 12 board meeting. LaFreniere planned to get more information to bring back to the board Monday.

Under the program, municipalities can qualify for a maximum grant of $150,000. An individual business can qualify for up to $50,000 depending on job creation and other variables, LaFreniere told the board. 


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