EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The sale of the Great Northern mill in East Millinocket should be completed by Friday, and when it is, the town will receive nearly all of the $750,000 the mill owes in back taxes.
However, East Millinocket still has a number of challenges, including payments to keep its wastewater treatment plant running. Great Northern built the plant, which handles wastewater from the mill, the town and the nearby Dolby landfill. The mill paid most of the cost of operating the plant, about $1 million a year. The state has brought in a company, Wright-Pierce, to try to cut costs in half next year, which officials said is a short-term stop gap measure.