Bucksport Finance Committee recommends hiring engineer to finish Broadway extension

BUCKSPORT — Both Finance Committee members agreed on Dec. 4 to recommend that the full Town Council authorize Millett Associates to complete engineering plans for extending Broadway to Park Street and other related work.

The Hermon-based firm began working on the engineering plans in early 2012. The town planned to complete the extension as part of First Atlantic’s plans to build a nursing home on Park Street.

First Atlantic planned on expanding services from Ellsworth to Bucksport based on the possibility of the Penobscot Nursing Home closing.

However, the state Department of Health and Human Services placed the Penobscot facility into a receivership, which altered First Atlantic’s plans.

The town may proceed with the street expansion project even without the proposed nursing home being built. Finance Committee members Michael Ormsby and Robert Howard voted to recommend the Town Council approve $15,000 for Millett Associates to complete the design plans.

“Mike (Millett) has retired, so if we don’t complete the plans now we’ll have to start over, which will cost us more money in the future,” said Economic Development Director David Milan.

The town may proceed with the Broadway expansion in 2014 or 2015. Town officials believe the Broadway expansion would alleviate traffic congestion on Nicholson Avenue.

The council is expected to vote on the proposal at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12.

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Bill Pearson

Bill Pearson

Former Ellsworth American reporter worked at the Piscataquis Observer for 3.5 years before joining the American. The Corinna native served one term on the SAD 48 Board of Directors.