BERLIN — The fate of a long-discussed water system that would serve the Berlin Four Corners area will be decided during a special election in mid-February.
The Feb. 13 bond vote represents the latest make-or-break moment for a $5.5 million project that has been the subject of on-again off-again discussions for the past 20 years.
Those discussions have been on again since 2007 as town officials have pressed ahead with a plan they say could create a reliable, cost-effective, municipally owned water supply in a strategically located area of their community.
In order to pursue favorable federal financing for the project that they say will be paid for exclusively by those who voluntarily agree to hook on to the proposed system, town officials first need a head nod from local voters. Approval of the proposed bond issue would satisfy that need and free the town to explore financing options with an eye toward constructing a water system that would be fed by three wells that they have already drilled, tested and acquired on Scott Hill Road.
Polls for the town-wide vote will be open on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the municipal office building on Shed Road. The project will be the subject of a public informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 at Berlin Elementary School.
The school, the town offices, and the local volunteer fire station are all in the area that would be served by the proposed water system that would serve portions of Airport, Crosstown, Comstock, Fisher, Granger, Scott Hill, and Shed roads, as well as the full length of Industrial Lane and a short section of Paine Turnpike in the vicinity of the Route 62 intersection.
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