$500,000 granted to Lincolnville for new sewer treatment system

By Susan Mustapich | Aug 01, 2017
Photo by: Susan Mustapich A planned $3.3 million sewer treatment plant in the Lincolnville Beach area will upgrade and expand the existing circa 1991 facility.

LINCOLNVILLE — The town was awarded a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant Public Infrastructure grant from the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development to assist with construction of a new $3.3 million sewer collection and treatment system upgrade project in the Lincolnville Beach area.

The grant was obtained through the collaborative efforts of Lincolnville Sewer District Chairman Paul Lippman and trustees, Community Development consultant and lead grant writer Rodney Lynch of AICP in Rockland; Woodard and Curran Project Engineer Brent Bridges, and support from Lincolnville Town Administrator David Kinney and town office staff.

The current sewer collection and treatment system needs to be upgraded. The present wastewater treatment system is privately owned and was constructed in 1991. Both the sewer collection and treatment facility and the equipment have reached the end of their useful lives, and need to be upgraded. The upgraded system will be publicly owned by the Lincolnville Sewer District.

The existing collection system only covers a small part of the Lincolnville Beach area on Route 1. The new wastewater treatment system will expand the collection system to include the area along Route 1 from Shag Rock Road northerly to the Windsor Chair shop and up Route 173 to the Lincolnville Improvement Association. The expansion and update will allow currently inoperable overboard discharge units and malfunctioning septic systems along the routes to connect into a centralized treatment facility, resulting in an improved and cleaner environment.

The new wastewater treatment system will be funded with a combination of grants and loans obtained by the Lincolnville Sewer District as well as contributions by the town. These sources consist of a $250,000 Northern Border Regional Commission infrastructure grant; a $1.6 million loan from the United State Department of Agriculture Rural Development program; a $1 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program; and the Town of Lincolnville Wastewater Capital Reserve Account.

On June 13, Linclolnville voters approved raising $25,000 for the new Wastewater Capital Reserve Account, which the Board of Selectmen can use to assist the sewer district with bond repayments. The fund came about when the trustees of the Lincolnville Sewer District asked the Board of Selectmen for around $19,000 annually to help with repayment of a 40-year bond the new wastewater treatment plant.

The Board of Selectmen decided to create the Wastewater Capital Reserve Account, and seed it with more than the amount asked for by the trustees. The trustees may request funds annually, to be approved by the Board of Selectmen. Funds over and above what is approved for the Sewer District can be used to seed the reserve for future water quality and treatment projects in other areas of Lincolnville. Each year the Town Meeting voters will be asked to authorize funds for the account.

At the June 14 town meeting, voters agreed to accept the $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to be used for the expansion of the sewer collection system and replacement of the existing wastewater treatment plant.

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