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Maine Towns Hoping to Reap Benefits of Obama Stimulus Plan 

Congressional hearings have yet to begin

on the economic stimulus plan that’s championed by President-elect

Barack Obama.

But already many Maine municipalities are joining the state in

expressing hope of getting a piece of the stimulus pie. Towns and

cities are making lists of projects that include public buildings,

airports and school upgrades.

Portland says it could use $60 million for its sewer system, and

Biddeford and Saco are seeking more than $9 million for upgrades to

their sewer systems. Sanford would like $5 million for a new police

station.

Those and other proposals are in addition to millions of dollars

in road and bridge projects previously identified by the state

Transportation Department.

Details of the federal stimulus package are being refin