Hudson firm has Pittsfield library contract

Posted June 02, 2009, at 11:31 p.m.

PITTSFIELD, Maine — Pittsfield councilors Tuesday night awarded the $916,716 library expansion and renovation contract to Nichols Construction LLC of Hudson.

“This is an excellent bid,” Town Manager Kathryn Ruth said. “Everyone is ecstatic.”

Nichols was the low bidder, at $908,416. An $8,300 package to clean existing masonry, stone and metal roof surfaces was added.

Nichols came highly recommended by the library’s building committee and the project engineer, Robert Greene of Cianbro Corp., Ruth said.

At the end of the meeting, town councilors praised Ann McGowan and the other members of the project’s fundraising committee.

“I’d like to acknowledge the tons of hours of volunteer work that went into this,” Councilor Donna Chale said.

“Ann did a tremendous job,” Councilor Gary Jordan said.

The library trustees and committees have been raising funds for the project for seven years, securing grants, donations and gifts.

Of the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised, Ruth said only $109,000 came from taxation. The remaining $1.2 million came solely from grants and private donations. “They have done an amazing job,” Ruth said.

Ruth also announced that Blake Bartlett and the late Sonja Bartlett have donated an engraved cornerstone for the new addition.

The council also learned that the Fire Department has submitted a $700,000 federal grant application for a new 75-foot aerial pumper truck. The department is also working on a grant for renovations and upgrades at the fire station.

Ruth said the Police Department also has submitted an $11,000 grant for new radios.

In other business, the council:

— Appointed Michael Havey as health officer for a three-year term.

— Signed the warrant for the SAD 53 budget referendum on June 22.

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