You won’t want to miss the Council meeting on Monday, July 17 at 6:30 pm!

On the agenda is the long-awaited update on the Town’s (meaning you the taxpayers) multi-million dollar non-operational Biodisaster Biodigester that is almost 2 years behind schedule.  Read our recent posts for some background:  here and here…. and here.

Council Agenda:,543,79798&preview=85627

Hopefully, the details of the funding and operations have been scrutinized more closely than the multiple mis-spellings of “faucilty” (facility) and “teriff” (tariff) in the Powerpoint presentation included with the agenda.

On that note, what exactly does “the faucility (sic) has no intention of using bio-solids PRESENTLY” mean?


If the intent is NEVER, it shouldn’t even be in the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) amended application.

The current design output of the Biodigester is 500 kW (Phase 1).  While the REA is for 1MW, it isn’t going to deliver that for some time down the road, if ever (Phase 2 would require an additional 500 kW upgrade and associated costs). The presentation boasts potential revenue at full capacity – running full steam when it hasn’t even proven it can “walk” yet.

Some other agenda highlights include:

  • Request for a tax increment grant for 27 John Street redevelopment.
  • Recreation Master Plan and Organizational Review – $115K budgeted for the Master Plan ($40K from Town Manager’s budget, remainder from development charges) – – the question is how much will the Organizational Review portion cost taxpayers – ballpark is an additional $60-80K if done separately from the Master Plan.
  • Report on the rationale for dissolving the previous Heritage Committee.

It’s hot outside and you bet it the Council Chambers A/C will be running over time, as it’s going to be a hot room inside as well.

As always, Council meetings are open to the public and are held at Town Hall… please note that this meeting begins at 6:30 PM, rather than the usual 7PM.  Seating is first come, first served.