July 09, 2020

Greenville postpones vote on signing over septage site

GREENVILLE – Selectmen decided on Wednesday to delay signing over the town’s license for the operation and development of the septage spreading site to the Moosehead Sanitary District.

Because two selectmen had to leave the meeting early, the board agreed to postpone the vote until Nov. 1 so the full board could participate.

Sanitary district officials had offered earlier this year to take over responsibility for the operation and development of the septage site which is on land owned by the sanitary district.

Septage from Greenville, Shirley and Beaver Cove is deposited at the site.

Selectman Bruce Hanson was somewhat hesitant about the move. “It just makes me nervous,” he said Wednesday. If for some reason the sanitary district trustees do not do what they said they will do, it will be on the board’s back, Hanson said.

The town’s only obligation is to have a place where septage generated in Greenville can be deposited, Greenville Town Manager John Simko said.

Simko said he was “absolutely” comfortable with the proposed agreement that has been drafted.

Under the proposed agreement, sanitary district trustees would operate the site and maintain the Department of Environmental Protection license indefinitely. The town could have the license transferred back if for some reason the sanitary district no longer wanted to operate the site.

The sanitary district hopes to expand the site and be able to take some of the septage directly into the wastewater treatment system. The town would be given first priority for disposal at the site.

The proposed agreement also calls for the town to reimburse the sanitary district for the removal of storage tanks from the town-owned lot on Spruce Street and for other improvement and enhancement costs of the current septage field and to the sanitary district facility to allow for greater septage waste disposal capacity.

Simko said the town would be exempt from any liability for the possession, use and operation of the storage tanks and the spreading site.

Correction: A shorter version of this article appeared on page B3 in the Coastal edition.

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