GOULDSBORO — Voters at Town Meeting June 12 readily sanctioned an application for a $550,000 grant by the newest and largest business in town — Maine Fair Trade Lobster LLC.
Residents overall approved a $1.1-million budget, which includes $60,000 to be set aside this year to help build a new pier on Frenchman Bay in South Gouldsboro.
And, in elections June 11, several candidates were elected and re-elected in uncontested races.
Selectmen Jim McLean and Susan Bagley were elected to the Board of Selectmen.
Jeffrey Grant was elected to the Planning Board and Raymond Jones, Thomasina Watson and David Wilcock were re-elected to the board.
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Maine Fair Trade Lobster requires that the company create 86 new jobs.
Maine Fair Trade Lobster last week began training 93 workers, most of whom will be processing lobster.
Dana Rice, chairman of the Board of Selectmen and a lobster dealer who is affiliated with the new company, said the grant will be used by Maine Fair Trade Lobster to purchase equipment.
Rice said the company already has spent $2 million on lobster processing equipment and hopes to process up to 60,000 pounds of lobster per day this season.
Maine Fair Trade Lobster also is setting up a new processing facility in another building on the property that will bring the capacity up to 100,000 pounds per day.
“When they are in full swing there will be two shifts and 125 to 150 people working,” Rice said.
Voters also agreed to stagger payments over three years to build a new pier in South Gouldsboro.
A former barge on the site that was in disrepair was donated to the town, which then dismantled it.
The plan calls for appropriating $60,000 each of two years toward the cost of building a new pier and a final $30,000 for the decking.
The pier will be available for use by the public and by fishermen.