PASSADUMKEAG, Maine — The town’s two office workers will be moving into a new town office a few doors from the old one by the end of the month, thanks to a $12,000 renovation, First Selectman Dale Randall said Thursday.
Residents voted during a special town meeting in October to proceed with the move into the new office within 36 Pleasant St. and the renovation to offset high heating costs, Second Selectman Charlie Mottram said.
“The old building was using 1,400 gallons of oil. That would eat up our $7,500 budget for it,” Randall said Thursday. “It was well-built for an older building, with metal walls and all, but the basic problem was the heat loss and the high cost of oil.”
“It sucks the fuel right out of the furnace,” Mottram said of the old building, at 25 Pleasant St. “If you have ever been in there in the winter, the furnace runs almost continuously. It’s a beautiful old building, but it’s difficult to heat.”
Carpenter and Pleasant Street resident Scott Littlefield finished the heaviest work Thursday, Randall said. That included new framing, insulation and walls, plus access for disabled residents, painting, Internet and electrical wiring and the installation of new doors. Only telephone service installation remains.
Selectmen’s meetings will occur in the same building, which will be open from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays; from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays; and from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays.
Passadumkeag is a community of about 440 people located 15 miles north of Old Town that adjoins Howland to the north. Pleasant Street is about a mile long off U.S. Route 2 near the Penobscot River and is the town’s main street. On it are the Grange hall, a U.S. Postal Service branch, the volunteer Fire Department and the Passadumkeag Historical Society, all within a quarter-mile of a train crossing.