December 13, 2019

Corinna selectmen to deal with mill demolition

CORINNA — A lengthy agenda will occupy the time of Corinna selectmen tonight. The board meets at 7 p.m. at the Stewart Free Library.

Demolition plans for the abandoned Eastland Woolen Mill will be discussed. Town Manager Ray Beaulier contacted a Florida firm that specializes in removing industrial buildings. By late Tuesday, there had been no response.

Two issues need to be resolved at the mill site: asbestos removal and maintenance of the dams. Town officials are hopeful the mill can be removed to aid with cleanup of the contaminated area. After decades in operation, the mill has chlorobenzene contamination under and around the structure, and specifically in the stream bed, which are targets for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund designation. The federal money will make a cleanup feasible.

The Department of Environmental Protection recently advised the town to make repairs to one of the dams behind the mill. The dam is needed to maintain water levels in Corundel Lake, the East Branch of the Sebasticook River. Selectmen hope to turn the dams and control of the wetlands upstream over to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The lake and river area are an important site for migratory birds and waterfowl.

The board will discuss the status of two dams connected with the mill operation.

The board also will talk with Darrell Hartley about a proposal for a town of Corinna site on the Worldwide Web.

An engineering report on the condition of the former Corinna Union Academy, now the Corinna Junior High School, is also on the agenda. Initial discussions of closing the aged building included talk of turning the building back to the town.

The board will receive an update on the money available in a microloan program shared with Newport and Dexter. The program is geared to economic development for the region.

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