April 20, 2019

Business grant, school expansion on Pittsfield agenda

PITTSFIELD – A public hearing on a grant that will allow a new Pittsfield company to significantly expand and a school expansion referendum will be the key topics of discussion at tonight’s Pittsfield Town Council meeting.

Moosehead Cedar Log Homes is constructing a model home as a sales office on property off Webb Road and visible from Interstate 95. The public hearing will allow for comment on a Community Development Block Grant application that the town will submit on behalf of the company to allow it to expand its plans to include a production and shipping facility on the property.

The expansion will bring 35 jobs to Pittsfield, a company representative said recently, and provide the company with easy access to the interstate. The company now has headquarters in Greenville, with a model home and design office in Vermont.

SAD 53 Superintendent Michael Gallagher will explain that the district is calling a referendum vote Tuesday, March 1, to seek funds for continued renovations at Warsaw Middle School.

The district is seeking funding from the state’s loan forgiveness program that would absolve nearly 67 percent of any loan. The total project, which includes window and wall replacements, foundation repairs, electrical system repairs, roof and ceiling repair, interior structure repair, asbestos abatement and installation of an elevator, would not exceed $1.3 million.

The district would be responsible for up to $798,522 of that amount while the state would “forgive” up to $590,980. The district’s portion would be financed through bonds and notes.

Although Warsaw just received approval through state funding for a number of projects, the replacement of classroom heater units and the elevator installation were not approved. School officials said it makes sense, however, to complete all the renovations at the same time and take advantage of the summer construction season.

In addition to tonight’s discussion, there will be a public hearing on the SAD 53 project at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at Warsaw’s library.

All Town Council meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. and are held in the council chambers of the municipal building.

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