GARDINER — Where does the city of Gardiner end and the town of Farmingdale begin?

Councilors at tonight’s meeting will attempt to answer that question by considering a boundary line agreement with Farmingdale. The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

City staff have been working with the town of Farmingdale to clarify where the line is on Northern Avenue.

Gardiner City Manager Scott Morelli said tax maps show different lines. Morelli said the issue has come up as the two municipalities attempt to repair a section of Northern Avenue, which runs through both communities.

During a discussion about costs, discrepancies were discovered between the tax maps, Morelli said.

Gardiner’s maps showed the city owning the road from, and including, Adams Street to a short distance before Maine Avenue. Farmingdale’s maps showed the town owning the road from, and including, Adams Street to the center line of Northern Avenue, continuing down to Maine Avenue.

Morelli said the communities jointly hired a surveyor to identify the line established by the Legislature and town charters.

The surveyor has come up with a way to clarify where the line is, he said, and it will not cause any Gardiner residents to become Farmingdale residents or vice versa.

He said the surveyor’s solution requires Farmingdale to maintain a section of sidewalk that was previously maintained by the city of Gardiner.

“Now that the city has the information from the surveyor and a recommendation, we are each going back to our governing boards and asking them to ratify an agreement that states where the line is,” Morelli said.

In other business, councilors will discuss accepting a $12,000 donation from the Gardiner Rotary Club to provide electrical service at the waterfront park along with in-kind labor from volunteers.

He said the city had to remove electrical service from waterfront park plans because of lack of funding.

“They have been raising funds to help us provide electricity at our waterfront so we can put on events without vendors needing to bring their own generators,” Morelli said.

Morelli said the council also will consider signing a waiver that would allow the Bernstein Shur law firm to represent Pine State Trading Co. in an abatement request involving the former Associated Grocers building, which Pine State now owns.

He said the Augusta law firm has represented the city on tax increment financing programs and needs the council’s consent to continue to represent Pine State in this capacity.

Councilors also will hear the second and final reading on the Special Events and PACE ordinances. The PACE ordinance enables citizens to have access to the energy efficiency loan program through Efficiency Maine; the special events ordinance details how a group can get a permit for an event on city property.

Mechele Cooper — 621-5663

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