BANGOR, Maine — City councilors approved nearly $1.5 million worth of spending on Monday for projects and services in the coming year, but a large portion actually will come from sources outside the city.
The biggest item voted on at Monday’s City Council meeting was awarding a contract for $812,000 to Maine Earth of Hermon to reconstruct a 1-mile stretch of Stillwater Avenue toward Veazie. Roughly 85 percent of funding for that project will be paid for by federal and state money because the street is part of the Bangor Area Comprehensive Transportation Systems. The rest will be covered by the city.
The stretch of Stillwater Avenue that will be replaced runs from Longview Drive to Tripp Drive, almost to the Bangor City Forest.
“We had hoped to do this last year, but the project got pushed,” City Engineer Jim Ring said. “This is basically a [Maine Department of Transportation] project that we are administering.”
Work will begin later this summer.
Also on Monday, the council approved the purchase of a new tanker for the Bangor Fire Department. The existing tanker for Station 6 dates back to the early 1970s and no longer meets certain federal standards. The approved bid for replacement was from Midwest Fire Trucks of Minnesota for $211,927, but $184,500 of that total will be covered by a federal grant program.
Finally, the council approved a bid of $452,883 from Lane Construction Corp. of Hermon to repave portions of 29 streets and roads throughout the city that were identified as most in need. Public works Director Dana Wardwell said the city typically starts with a long list of roadways and whittles it down to meet the amount included in each year’s budget.
Those projects will be carried out at various points throughout the remainder of the fiscal year and were included in the 2010 fiscal year budget that was passed in June.