Brunswick OKs sewer district debt limit hike

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BRUNSWICK — Voters by a wide margin on Tuesday approved a measure allowing the Brunswick Sewer District to raise its debt limit from $20 million to $25 million.

The question passed 1,799 to 635, with about 20 percent of the town’s registered voters turning out to the polls.

The BSD can now amend its charter and move forward with a loan of $22 million from the Maine Municipal Bond Bank to finance an upgrade to its wastewater treatment plant.

The plant was built in in the late 1960s, and last upgraded in 1991.

“It’s nice to know that the ratepayers support what you’re doing,” General Manager Leonard Blanchette said Wednesday.

“Nobody wants facilities to degrade, and the longer you wait the more it’s going to cost,” he added.

Leonard Blanchette estimates that construction on the wastewater plant renovation will begin in late winter or early spring.

On Tuesday night, Town Clerk Fran Smith said voter turnout had been fairly steady throughout the day, and typical of an “off-year” election.

Voters also elected Cumberland Street resident Alison Harris to the At-Large Town Council seat being vacated by Councilor John Richardson. She ran unopposed.

MacMillan Drive resident Teresa Kelly-Gillis was also officially voted in for the District 3 School Board seat in her unopposed race.

District 3 Councilor Suzan Wilson, District 4 Councilor John Perreault, At-Large School Board Member Joy Prescott and District 4 Board Member Corinne Perreault were all unopposed in their respective bids for re-election.

Walter Wuthmann can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or Follow Walter on Twitter: @wwuthmann.

Brunswick/Harpswell reporter for The Forecaster. Bowdoin College grad, San Francisco Bay Area native. Follow for municipal, school, community, and environmental news from the Midcoast.