Orland Votes to Accept Dam

ORLAND — The town has added the Orland River dam to its list of assets.


How much of an asset it will be remains to be seen.

Voters at the annual Town Meeting Tuesday night approved accepting ownership of the dam from Verso Paper.

Verso wants to get rid of the dam, which is unlicensed and has never been used. Company officials said they would begin the formal dam abandonment process if the town did not accept the property.

Town officials had concerns about the liability of owning the dam. One past repair bill totaled nearly $100,000.

“As far as we’re concerned, there’s no way to estimate that,” Selectman Wayne Ames said of the annual cost of maintaining the dam.

Verso spokesman Bill Cohen said he estimates it costs about $4,000 a year to maintain the dam.

He said in 70 years of ownership, the Bucksport mill has never benefited from the dam. Orland has benefited from the dam over that time through the alewife fishery, he said.

“We have a non-performing asset,” Cohen said.

Orland Municipal Election Results

One seat on the Board of Selectmen

  • S. Wayne Ames 234 votes
  • Brian R. Wardwell 165 votes



  • Betty J. Chavaree 377 votes


Regional School Unit 25 Committee

  • Thomas W. Taylor-Lash 345 votes


Fish Committee

  • Robert D. Mushrall 354 votes


Road Commissioner

  • Robert B. Wardwell 256 votes
  • Lyman D. Conary 140 votes


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