Bath voters to weigh $3.8M landfill bond

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BATH — Voters on Nov. 8 will decide whether to borrow $3.8 million to fund a construction project at the city landfill.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection nearly 15 years ago awarded the city 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 would 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 told the City Council in August that the project “is the cheapest alternative. … This is opposed to trucking (the waste) to a faraway landfill or incinerator.”

Bath, meanwhile, has 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, is running for the at-large seat being vacated by Councilor Steve Brackett.

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 1989-1994, is the only candidate for the Ward 5 seat being vacated by Eosco.

Councilor Leverett “Tink” Mitchell, the Ward 7 representative, is also seeking re-election. 

Alan Walton, a Regional School Unit 1 director since 2010 who fills an “unrestricted residence” position, is the only person running for that seat.

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

A $3.8 million landfill construction bond goes to Bath voters Nov. 8.

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.