Kingfield Water District OKs deal with Poland Spring

By Maggie Gill-Austern, September 12, 2006  Sun Journal

KINGFIELD—Water District trustees voted unanimously to enter an agreement with Poland Spring Water Co. to let the bottler use a district pipeline to be built along Route 142.The nearly 8,000-foot-long pipeline will bring water from a pump to the $60 million to $80 million bottling plant Poland Spring officials hope to build in town.

Under the agreement, Poland Spring will pay the district $20,000 per year in return for the use of the pipe. The company has also agreed to contribute at least $5,000 per year in consultant fees. To help the district build up the infrastructure it needs to service the prospective plant, the company will donate $120,000 for a new well and $250,000 for infrastructure upgrades, as well.

Monday night’s vote was taken after a nearly two-hour executive session with Water District trustees and lawyer Greg Cunningham to go over last-minute changes to the document.

Poland Spring officials initially asked for the agreement early this summer after the Department of Transportation ruled the private company could not operate a pipeline along a public right of way.

District Chairman Robert Barnes plans to sign the agreement Wednesday during the opening meeting of a lengthy public hearing on Poland Spring’s proposed plant.