PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials from several Maine communities in line for a share of a $3.5 million development grant are seeking a meeting with Gov. Paul LePage to discuss his decision to freeze state borrowing.

The money, awarded to 11 cities and towns by the Communities for Maine's Future Program, was included in a bond package voters authorized in 2010. The Republican governor has said he would not initiate the borrowing before January 2014.

That has created a problem for several communities that have development contracts or even projects already under way.

The grant recipients are Bath, Belfast, Dover-Foxcroft, Eastport, Livermore Falls, Monmouth, Norway, Rockland, Skowhegan, Unity and Winthrop.

A governor's spokeswoman tells The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/PomfXr ) the economic development department, not LePage, will likely participate in the meeting requested by town administrators.


Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com