Wastewater Treatment Plant Demolition Planned

ELLSWORTH — The pungent odors emanating from the city’s aging wastewater treatment plant on Water Street will soon come to an end.

The City Council Monday night hired the engineering firm Woodard & Curran to plan for demolition of the plant.

The facility will be torn down sometime after the new wastewater treatment plant on Bayside Road goes online.

“We’re getting pretty close to completing that project,” City Manager Michelle Beal said.

Ellsworth residents will not be sad to see the old plant gone.

Beal said more citizens ask her about when the plant will be demolished than about any other issue.

“It’s been really fragrant in recent weeks,” Councilor John Moore commented.

The council authorized spending $40,250 for the engineering services.

Councilors also agreed to hire a landscape architect to finalize plans for a community park on the grounds of the former Knowlton School.

Victor Rydlizky will perform the design work at a cost of about $26,000. Rydlizky offered to do $10,000 pro bono. Another $10,000 will be paid from a Maine Community Foundation grant and the remaining balance will come from contributions to the project.

Beal said Rydlizky will prepare plans to get the project to the stage where it could be put out to bid. Detailed plans will help the city as it applies for grants.

“What we need to do is keep that project moving forward,” Beal told the council.

In other business, councilors agreed to accept a $234,476 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) hiring grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The grant will fund the cost of salaries and benefits for two additional firefighters for two years.

Also approved was the Fire Department’s purchase of two thermal imaging cameras at a cost of $11,000.

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Fenceviewer Staff

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