Open house showcases wastewater facility

12 years ago

By Lisa Wilcox
Staff Writer

LIMESTONE — If you were at the Greater Limestone Regional Wastewater Treatment Facilities on Thursday and did not hear the name Nick Archer mentioned, then you weren’t paying attention. Archer, the northern Maine regional director of the Department of Environmental Protection, was the driving force behind combining the Limestone and Loring Development Authority wastewater facilities, a project that took a lot of determination on Archer’s part and eight years to complete.

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Aroostook Republican Photo/Lisa Wilcox
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Greater Limestone Regional Wastewater Treatment Facilities on Sept. 20. Pictured, from left, at the ceremony are Michael Kuhnz, director of land and water, Maine DEP; Barbara Hayslett, district representative for Congressman Mike Michaud; Virginia Manuel, state director of USDA Rural Development; Nick Archer, northern Maine regional director, DEP and project coordinator; Sharon Campbell, regional representative for Senator Olympia Snowe; Neal Leighton, chairman, Greater Limestone Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility; Phil Bosse, state office representative for Senator Susan Collins; and Chuck Kelley, trustee, Limestone Water & Sewer District

The $23.4 million facility on the Plant Rd. in Limestone held an open house on Sept. 20 to introduce the public to the complete overhaul that has taken place. Combining the two facilities will reportedly save the district $37,000 annually and will improve the water quality in the Little Madawaska and Limestone streams.  

On hand for the ceremony were Chuck Kelley, a trustee of the Limestone Water & Sewer District; Virginia Manuel, state director of USDA Rural Development; Sharon Campbell, regional representative for U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe; Phil Bosse, state office representative for U.S. Sen. Susan Collins; Barbara Hayslett, district representative for U.S. Congressman Michael Michaud; Michael Kuhns, director of land and water for the Maine DEP; and Steve Hallowell, project manager for Wright-Pierce Engineers, who did the design work for the facility.   

All speakers made mention of Archer’s perseverance in getting the project completed and thanked the entities involved. The three political representatives read letters from the senators and congressman, again commending Archer and touting the benefits of the consolidation.

“As with any project of this magnitude,” wrote Sen. Snowe, “you must first have someone who truly believes that it is worthwhile and is tenacious about its value in spite possible complications. Today we stand at a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility that brings community and resources together for the greater good of the area, egos set aside and collaborations set into motion. You are all to be applauded for a job well done!”  

Kelley joked that the facility could be renamed the Nick Archer Facility, and Archer quipped that he hoped when he returned years from now in his walker, the facility looked as good as it does now.

The Limestone Country Club provided a fall harvest light lunch that included potatoes grown in Aroostook County.