LINCOLN, Maine — The town failed to qualify for a $50,000 grant that would have helped pay for the work, but the Public Works Department garage still will get some extensive renovations over the next several months, town officials said Wednesday.
The town just awarded a $9,849 contract to Larry Ham Construction Co. of Lincoln to install a 275,000-BTU forced air heating system in the Park Avenue garage, Public Works Director David Lloyd said.
Lloyd also hopes to seek proposals to renovate and repair the garage for less than $40,000, he said.
“The building is pretty cold and it leaks a lot of heat,” he said Wednesday.
Town councilors generally have agreed that the building needs renovation or replacement. Built more than 20 years ago, the garage has a leaky roof and its sides bleed heat because of a lack of insulation. It also lacks work space, a lunch area for workers and storage space.
But voters narrowly rejected replacing the garage with a new structure for $675,000 — which included $576,000 in bonds — in a November referendum.
Marquis Heating, Dead River Co., Whitney Energy, Ham Construction and Daigle Oil Co. were among the companies asked to submit bids, town Economic Development Director Ruth Birtz said.
Lincoln failed to qualify for the municipal grant, Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said, because its census recorded 46 percent of the population as being low- to moderate-income. The grant required a 51 percent rating.