FARMINGDALE — The Kennebec Valley Council of Governments wants to establish a subcommittee to work with a consultant to discuss what kind of a tax-increment financing designation could be given to the Kennebec Valley Gas Co. if they move forward with a natural gas line that would run from Richmond to Madison.

David Sirois, chairman of the Farmingdale Board of Selectmen, told other board members Wednesday the proposal came out of a March 31 meeting with representatives of 12 communities between Richmond and Madison.

The proposed gas line is contingent on signing up three potential big users: Sappi Paper in Skowhegan, Madison Paper, and Huthamaki in Waterville. Tax-increment financing shelters a developer from paying property taxes for a period of time in order to help fund the work.

Sirois said that he volunteered to serve on the five or six person subcommittee, but has not yet heard if he has been selected. Selectmen discussed a few pros and cons about having a gas line run through Farmingdale, but said it was too soon to make any decisions.

Sirois said the gas company will know in the next several months whether or not the three large businesses have signed on to the proposal.

In other business:

* Selectman Eugene Moreau said the Maine Department of Transportation will not know the status of the town’s application to build a sidewalk on Maple Street until the state budget process is finalized later this spring.

* Sirois and other representatives from towns that belong to the Kennebec Regional Development Authority will take a tour of FirstPark and T-Mobile in Oakland.


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