Communities Demand Refuse Fund Money Back from EMDC

ORONO — Communities notified that more than $50,000 of their refuse funds were spent by the Eastern Maine Development Corp. (EMDC) are demanding their money back by Dec. 14 at 5 p.m.

Members of the Penobscot Valley Refuse Disposal District (PVRDD) voted Nov. 29 to authorize former board administrator Greg Lounder to pursue the funds.

Four of the 28 member towns and cities are in Hancock County: Bucksport, Dedham, Lucerne-in-Maine and Orland.

Lounder said Tuesday the board’s attorney, Dan Walker of Pretu Flaherty in Augusta, was preparing a letter that would be sent to EMDC CEO Michael Aube this week.

“We’ve followed up with the board’s directive,” said Lounder, who has been asking EMDC questions about the funds since March.

“I am surprised it has taken this amount of time and this level of effort,” Lounder said. “My attempts throughout were just to obtain an accounting.”

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]
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