LePage Trying To Help Sale Of Millinockett Mills 

Governor LePage has reached out to executives of Meriturn Partners, an investment firm from California poised to buy two mills from the Katahdin Paper Company.Meriturn officials toured the mills in Millinockett and East Millinockett on Wednesday.The agreement to buy the mills has conditions attached, including arrangements to develop a biomass co-generation facility at the Millinocket mill, a new collective agreement with non-unionized employees, environmental and commercial due diligence and agreements on property taxes.The Chairman of the Board of Selectmen in East Millinocket says the property tax agreement is the biggest concern for them. Katahdin Paper claims the land the mill is on is worth $5 million but they’re taxed at $117 million.The Governor is meeting with Meriturn executives Thursday to try and help facilitate the sale. “So we’re very hopeful that this deal goes through and the administration is going to do everything that we can to see that the conditions are met and we have two mills up and running,” says LePage secretary Adrienne Bennett.The governor asked the commissioners of the Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation to sit in on Thursday’s meeting.