Bath voters approve $3.8M landfill bond by 2-1 margin

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BATH — Voters on Nov. 8 approved borrowing $3.8 million to fund a construction project at the city landfill, 3,447 to 1,758.

The city also elected a slate of uncontested candidates.

“This is excellent, because it means it’s going to be cheaper waste disposal for the taxpayers of Bath,” Public Works Director Peter Owen said Wednesday morning when told of the 2-1 success of the landfill bond. “We’re looking forward to being able to take that project forward.”

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection nearly 15 years ago awarded Bath a license to build and run a landfill. The second phase of the project is expected to be full by late 2017, which will require Phase 3.

Along with Phase 3 construction at the north end of the landfill, the project will include a permanent cover on the south end and infrastructure to process gas that emanates from the landfill.

The new disposal cell is to be opened next fall, and provide space for about 12 years.

City Manager Bill Giroux in August called the project “the cheapest alternative. … This is opposed to trucking (the waste) to a faraway landfill or incinerator.”

Bath, meanwhile, had no contested municipal elections on Election Day.

City Councilor Mari Eosco, the panel’s chairwoman since 2013 and the first woman to hold that title, ran for the at-large seat being vacated by Councilor Steve Brackett. She received 3,138 votes.

Eosco, who represents Ward 5, completed the term of the late Councilor Jack Hart before winning her first full term in 2007. David Comeau Sr., who served on the council from 1989-94, was the only candidate for the Ward 5 seat being vacated by Eosco. He received 597 votes.

Councilor Leverett “Tink” Mitchell, the Ward 7 representative, earned 681 votes.

Alan Walton, a Regional School Unit 1 director since 2010 who fills an “unrestricted residence” position, was the only person to run for that seat. He received 3,443 votes in Bath.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

Bath voters approved a $3.8 million landfill construction bond Nov. 8.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.