THOMASTON — Thomaston and Dirigo Engineering will hold a public information session on the possible east-west highway Thursday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building according to the town’s newsletter.

The newsletter, released on Oct. 8, said the session will include a presentation of Dirigo’s study on the project followed by a public comment portion moderated by Mike Mayo.

The Select Board voted 4-0 on June 28 to authorize Town Manager Kara George to contract with Dirigo Engineering for a feasibility study for an east-west highway, north of the village, with costs not to exceed $20,000.

The Select Board held a closed-door meeting on Sept. 13 with Dirigo.

The agenda for the Sept. 13 meeting listed MRS Title 1 405 (6C) as the reason for the executive session. The item on the agenda states: “to discuss or consider the acquisition or the use of real or personal property with Dirigo Engineering.”

This law states a board may hold closed-door executive sessions for deliberations including “discussion or consideration of the condition, acquisition or the use of real or personal property… only if premature disclosures of the information would prejudice the competitive or bargaining position of the body or agency.”

The 2020 Comprehensive Plan, which was approved by voters at the 2020 Town Meeting, includes recommendations to study the feasibility of constructing this road. The plan lists historic and economic reasons for the highway.

“Reducing truck traffic on Main Street/Route 1 through the Town’s Historic District would improve the appeal of the historic homes there,” the plan states.

The 2020 Comprehensive Plan also calls the lack of a Route 1 alternative for commuters and large trucks “a significant impediment to economic development in the village area as well as the Highway Commercial and Industrial districts.”

The map for the proposed east/west highway included in the Thomaston Select Board packet June 28.

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