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Patriot Renewables backs lighting project
DIXFIELD- As soon as May 15 citizens in town could be seeing ground being broke to install the new lights that will allow night games and other events to take place at historic Harlow Park.
Helping to make this possible was a $10,000 donation made at Monday night's selectmen meeting by Tom Carroll of Patriot Renewables to Scott Blaisdell and Mark Thompson of the Harlow Park Lighting steering committee.
Late last year, Scott Holmes, Blaisdell and Thompson, along with other steering committee members approached the town to propose the lighting of the park. The vote was unanimous at a special town meeting in December to allow $50,000 to be taken from the Ione Harlow Fund to get the group started.
Another surprise donation of $20,000 from Irving Forest Products and $5,000 from Dana Whittemore Property Management proved the commitment of citizens and town businesses being in full support of the project.
Following the presentation, Carroll noted, “Patriot Renewables is committed to this community and we want to show the citizens we are invested. In all the communities.”
Just last week, Patriot Renewables also donated $2,000 to Jon Holmes of the local Poodunck Snowmobile Club in support of the Blessing of the Sleds.
Town Manager noted, “Scott Holmes and the rest of the group did a bang up job of getting everyone on board with this. First class.”
Thompson stated that as soon as May 15, “depending on how spring goes and how dry the fields are, delivery of the equipment is set for that day.”
Chief Pickett noted that he had a conversation with Dr. Tom Ward of RSU #10 and there will be a sidewalk installed inside the fence line for commuters to the field to stay off the Nash Street. This was a concern of the abutting land owners during prior meetings held to voice their concerns.
Skibitsky noted that the town is working on a sidewalk grant and will hopefully be able to have one installed by 2012.
On March 2, Skibitsky and Board Chairman Steve Donahue are scheduled to attend a contractors and utilities meeting with the Department of Transportation to finalize the schedule for the bridge project to get underway on April 25.
The town received the contract from the Maine Bond Bank to be signed in agreement that the town will borrow $103,000 to replace the sewer main that runs underneath the bridge.
The board accepted David Harvey's resignation from the town finance committee and appointed Cathy Dorion to that board. Norine Clarke noted, “Cathy is an excellent candidate. I think she'll do a great job.”
Katherine Harvey was appointed to the River Valley Growth Council to replace the vacancy that long-time Board Chairman Bettina Merrill held before she passed last month.
Selectmen were urged by Skibitsky to invite Mike Rogers of the Maine Revenue Service to speak on the downside of Tax Increment Financing (TIF's). “I think it's best to inform ourselves and get both sides before we make any decisions on wind power. If we want this kind of information, Mike is the guy.”
A TIF workshop will be set up in late March.