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Nearly $5.7 Million to Improve Town Services Secured by Senator Collins in Funding Bill

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that she secured a total of $5,665,000 to improve public buildings and facilities in four Maine municipalities in the Fiscal Year 2023 Agriculture, Energy and Water, Interior, and Housing and Urban Development appropriations bills.  


The omnibus funding package passed the Senate by a vote of 68-29.  It will now be passed by the House before heading to the President’s desk to be signed into law.


“As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I have long championed investments that benefit Maine’s communities and families,” said Senator Collins.  “This funding will replace aging public buildings to better serve the community.  I heard from local officials about how these projects will enhance the wellbeing of Mainers and improve the delivery of town services.”


Details on the four town infrastructure projects Senator Collins secured are below:


Patten Library Revitalization

Recipient: The Friends of Veterans' Memorial Library

Project Location: Patten, ME

Amount: $3,900,000

Project Purpose: To build a new library for the town of Patten and surrounding residents,

replacing the Veterans' Memorial Library built in 1928.


Brewer Recreational Facility Energy Modernization Project

Recipient: City of Brewer

Project Location: Brewer, ME 

Amount: $232,000

Project Purpose: To fund infrastructure and safety enhancements in the City of Brewer.


Town of Poland Transfer Station Improvements

Recipient: Town of Poland

Project Location: Poland, ME

Amount: $598,000

Project Purpose: To improve the capability and capacity, safety, and environmental

protection at the Poland Transfer Station.


Newport Recreation Center Modernization

Recipient: Town of Newport

Project Location: Newport, ME

Amount: $935,000

Project Purpose: To renovate the Newport Recreation Center, including improvements to handicap accessibility, which also serves the nearby communities of Plymouth, Etna, Corinna, St. Albans, Palmyra, and Hartland.