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For Immediate Release

Date: 05/01/14

Governor Signs Newport Rep. Fredette's Bill to Help Corinna Water District

Measure will give more flexibility, funding to local utility

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul LePage has signed into law LD 1618, Newport Rep. Ken Fredette's bill to provide more flexibility and long-term security to the Town of Corinna Water District. Rep. Fredette serves as the House Republican Leader in the Maine Legislature, where he represents Newport, Corinna, Plymouth, Etna, and Dixmont.

The bill expands the boundaries of the water district, allowing it to serve additional customers. It also changes current law to expand local representation on the water district's board so that all residents of Corinna, and not just residents of the water district, are eligible to serve on the board.

"Rep. Fredette worked with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to increase funding to the district to better allow it to meet its future drinking water requirements," said Steve Levy of the Maine Rural Water Association.

"I'd like to thank Jim Louder of the Corinna Water District and Steve Levy of the Maine Rural Water Association for their guidance in crafting this bill," said Rep. Fredette. "I'm glad we were able to get it through the committee process and the Legislature with bipartisan support and onto the Governor's desk for his signature. We must continue to ensure that our local utilities are able to serve local people with efficiency and effective representation."

Governor LePage signed LD 1618 into law on April 3, to go into effect 90 days after adjournment of the Legislature, or July 30.

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