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Penquis Valley facility upgrade referendum March 14

By District Energy posted 02-11-2019 13:36


Stuart Hedstrom, The Piscataquis Observer


MILO — Nearly a year after residents of the four SAD 41 communities voted down a referendum on an approximate $2.3 million funding package for a heating system upgrade, converting from steam to hot water, and energy efficiency project at the Penquis Valley School, a revised project will be brought forward for a vote at the polls on Thursday, March 14 with an information meeting the week before at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6.

“We are making another run at the energy efficiency upgrades at this complex,” Superintendent Michael Wright said during a Feb. 6 school board meeting at Penquis Valley. “We would look to have an informational meeting, which is required by law, on March 6 and the referendum on March 14.”

“If you remember the last time, Atkinson really voted it down but it passed two to one in the other towns so I would hope it passes this time around,” he said.

In May 2018 a $2.3 million project was voted down via a count of 161 to 111 across the four district communities. Residents of Brownville, LaGrange, and Milo passed the question 106 to 42, but in Atkinson the referendum was turned down 114 to 5.

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