Monday, Aug. 11

Special town meeting for Thomaston projects

By Beth A. Birmingham | Aug 06, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Replacement of Wadsworth Street Bridge is one of two major projects being addressed at a special town meeting in Thomaston Aug. 11.

Thomaston — Thomaston will hold a special town meeting Monday, Aug. 11 to vote on funding for a major project that will begin this winter and be completed in the spring of 2016.

The two phases of the project include sewer improvements and clean water drain work along Route 1, as well as sewer replacement and movement of the Wadsworth Street Bridge upstream to its original position.

Voters will be asked to authorize the borrowing of up to $1 million to finance a general obligation bond and approve a Rural Development Grant in the amount of $396,000 to complete the projects in connection with the Maine Department of Transportation projects to rebuild Main Street and the bridge.

The Wadsworth Street Bridge work will begin in November of this year, according to Town Manager Valmore Blastow, who added the work will occur during the winter and not during summer months.

"The old bridge will stay in place until the new one is constructed," he said.

The sewer line connected to the bridge will be completed in fall of 2015 or spring of 2016, according to Blastow.

Also, voters will be asked to appropriate up to $17,000 from ambulance service revenues to fund night coverage for on-call ambulance staff at the rate of $24 per 12-hour night shift on a per diem basis.

According to Blastow, this should have been an article at the June town meeting, but was erroneously omitted.

The Board of Selectmen will hold the public meeting at the American Legion at 10 Watts Lane beginning at 6 p.m. to discuss the projects and other town matters. The special town meeting will begin at 7 p.m. All meetings are open to the public.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

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