ORRINGTON, Maine — At the June annual town meeting residents approved fixing the sand and salt shed and expanding the town hall. Now town leaders are now requesting bids for the two projects, Town Manager Paul White said Wednesday.
The sand and salt shed bids are due by Friday to repair and increase the capacity of the deteriorating building.
Friday also is the day that the town will begin advertising for bids to construct an addition onto the town hall, White said.
“What we’re looking for is a design-build,” he said.
The bid conference is Sept. 3 at the town hall, for those interested in the project, and construction bids will be accepted until Sept. 11. The bids will be opened at the Sept. 14 selectmen’s meeting, and if they fall within the budget set aside for the project, a contract will be awarded, White said.
“Our plan is to start this project — to kick this project off — the first of October,” he said, adding, “if we get the bid we want.”
After talking about building a new town hall for three years straight, and residents rejecting the idea each time, residents in June 2008 voted to repair and preserve the town’s 140-year-old existing structure.
At the June annual town meeting, residents approved a 1,200-square-foot addition to the historic town hall using $150,000 from the building reserve fund.
Those initial plans have been modified slightly, White said. The addition plans add a 34-foot-by-42-foot, two-story structure onto the backside of the current town hall, which will add approximately 2,800 square feet of space. The plans are available at the town hall for viewing, he said.
“It will give us a meeting room desperately needed for voting and meeting space,” White said.
The second floor of the addition will not be finished at this point, to save funds, but will be available for future expansion when needed, he said. The renovation project involves resolving Americans with Disability Act violations and bringing safety and security measures up to date, White added.