Verona Island to vote on future of town’s trash disposal

VERONA ISLAND — Residents of Verona Island will vote on the future of the town’s trash disposal during the annual Town Meeting on Saturday, March 26, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.

In one of two new warrant articles, residents will decide whether to continue as a member of the Municipal Review Committee (MRC) and accept the organization’s proposal to build a new Fiberight waste management facility in Hampden.

Currently, all 187 MRC towns and cities dispose of solid waste at the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. (PERC) facility in Orrington.

In 2018, PERC’s contract with Emera Maine will expire, which will raise the cost of waste disposal tipping fees.

The MRC has recommended that its members back the Fiberight option, which it says will be more affordable and environmentally friendly.

“The selectmen are leaning towards the Fiberight option, but it’s up to the town, so we will see,” said Selectman Glendon Bevan.

An MRC representative will be on hand to answer questions about the proposal.

Verona Island residents will also consider a minor change to the town’s building code that would allow selectmen and the Planning Board to combine both the building and plumbing fee schedules.

Residents will also vote on next year’s municipal budget, which is down about $5,000 from this year.

Bevan, who has been a selectman for 18 years and first selectman for nine, is up for re-election in this year’s only race. Any challengers will be nominated at the Town Meeting.

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