LINCOLN, Maine — Town Manager Lisa Goodwin will be meeting with at least one of several local engineering firms that have volunteered to assist in town efforts to build a recreation center on 11 acres off Route 6.
The Town Council at its May 11 meeting agreed to allow Goodwin to meet with the firms, which initially contacted Recreation Department Director Ron Weatherbee, to see what the firms would be interested in doing. Only Applebee Engineering submitted a formal letter of interest and a brief scope of services, Goodwin said.
Not counting expenses, more than $400,000 has been raised since the Lincoln Community Recreational Center Trust Fund was created in 2002.
The center’s construction has no timeline or estimated start date, but Goodwin has said she would like to see the land used for the town skating rink this year to re-ignite interest in the somewhat dormant effort.
A local company has tentatively committed to clearing the land, possibly for free, but company officials will walk the land with Weatherbee before any decisions are made, Weatherbee said.
Center construction cost estimates have gone as high as $6.7 million, but councilors have expressed interest in cutting back that ambitious design to something more manageable.
Recreation center proponents have pledged that they would use grant money or donations, not town tax dollars, to build the center.
Town Council Chairman Steve Clay has said he would like to see soccer, baseball and football fields built on the center land this year, possibly with the funding raised so far.