Peter Garrett steps out of his car on Water Street in Waterville and motions to a set of 63 concrete stairs descending to the Kennebec River.
Many years ago, there were houses along this riverbank across Water Street from Carey Lane. Now the riverbank is a mass of tall grass and brush.
“These steps were built in the 1970s and they’re in very, very good shape,” Garrett said. “The sewer authority built them to go to a sewer pumping station at the bottom, and the pumping station served all those houses that are no longer. They don’t need the station anymore because there are no houses, so we are working with them to fill and neaten up the space.”