WATERVILLE — City councilors tonight will consider taking up to $300,000 from the downtown tax increment financing account to improve Water and Grove streets.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in council chambers at The Center and will be preceded by a presentation of the Spirit of America Award at 6:45 p.m.

Councilors hope the city and state together can fund a road improvement project for Grove and Water streets, which are owned by the state but maintained by the city. The state would add money to the city’s $300,000 to fix those roads, according to Mayor Dana Sennett.

Sennett said Monday that the proposed partnership on the road project came about because of a successful three-way partnership between the state, city and Colby College to fix Campus Drive. All three all pitched in funds to improve that road, which runs through the Colby campus and is now being improved. The state also worked with the city to improve Gilman Street, Sennett said.

Water and Grove are two of the worst streets in the city and officials hope the partnership will yield improvements, he said.

“Unfortunately, Water and Grove have been on the endangered species list many times due to funding restrictions,” Sennett said.

He said the city hopes to also work with the state on funding to improve Eustis Parkway, another street in bad shape.

In other matters, councilors are scheduled to consider ratifying a collective bargaining agreement with Teamsters Local Union No. 340, representing Fire Department workers.

Councilors also will consider approving:

* The hiring of a contractor to construct a trail at Quarry Road Recreation Area.

* Loans in the amount of $25,000 each for Selah Tea Cafe and a downtown apartment project developed by Charles Giguere. The loans are available under the city’s Downtown Forgivable Loan Program.

* $10,000 in TIF funds to support Waterville Main Street.

* The sale of 41 Carey Lane, a tax-acquired property, for $19,000, with the funds to be deposited in the South End Capital Improvement Account.

Acceptance and appropriation of $25,000 from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation to buy automated external defibrillators and carbon monoxide-oximeters for the Fire Department.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

[email protected]

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