WILTON – Wilton residents will hear the results of a hazardous waste assessment and be briefed on the proposed cleanup plan for the Forster Mill project at the second of two public hearings Tuesday night.

The 7 p.m. hearing will precede the Board of Selectmen meeting at the Wilton Town Office.

At the first public hearing on the progress of the Forster Mill project held on Dec. 1, residents were updated on the condition of the town-owned mill site on Depot Street and heard Town Manager Rhoda Irish’s plans to secure funding for the environmental cleanup of the site and ultimate demolition of the building.

As part of the site’s inclusion in the Brownfields program, run by the Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Environmental Protection, two environmental assessments have been conducted on the site of the crumbling mill, which was acquired by the town through foreclosure last March.

Results from the phase two assessment, which included a hazardous waste inventory, were made available to Irish on Friday and will be presented to the public at Tuesday’s hearing.

Tracy Kelly, of the Maine DEP’s Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management, will be at the hearing to go over the results of the hazardous waste cleanup report. Kelly has been in charge of the Brownfields assessments at the site since the process began in April.

Irish is in the process of applying for a total of $600,000 in EPA funding for the cleanup of the site in the form of three $200,000 grants. The grant applications are due on Friday, and if Wilton receives the funding, two of the grants would include a $40,000 funding match requirement.

Irish is encouraging the public to submit comments on the progress of the project thus far and include possible uses for the site once it has been cleaned up. Anyone interested in submitting comments can voice them at Tuesday’s hearing or submit them to the town office any time before Friday.

As of Monday, the only comments the town received were from the Dec. 1 hearing.

Lauren Abbate — 861-9252

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Twitter: @Lauren_M_Abbate


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