ORRINGTON, Maine — Town leaders have selected a local contractor to do the addition to the town hall and have decided to lead the reconstruction of the sand and salt shed themselves to save money, Town Manager Paul White said Wednesday.
“We rejected all the bids” for fixing and expanding the sand and salt shed, he said. “The lowest bidder was over budget.”
During their Sept. 14 meeting, selectmen decided to take the $300,000 set aside for the project and hire local subcontractors to do the job, White said. The lowest bid was for $307,000 and the highest was $386,000, he said, adding the town should be able to accomplish the job for less.
“Bill Olver of Olver Associates and the town have teamed up,” he said. “We’re hiring it out to different entities.”
Olver will provide the engineering designs for the project, which will replace the deteriorating building with one that doubles its capacity. Original plans to refurbish the current facility were scrapped because the foundation was not up to code, White said.
Ron’s Electric and D&H Construction, both of Orrington, have been hired to do the earth work and electric wiring. David Trask of Hudson is putting up the walls. Wellman Paving of Winterport will lay down asphalt for the parking area and driveway.
Selectmen also hired Bruce Leighton Inc. of Orrington to construct the town hall addition, White said. Leighton’s bid for the project was $144,775. The town manager said he’s proud that the town was able to hire a local business to do the work.
“That’s the thing to do if you can,” White said.
After talking about building a new town hall for three years, residents in June 2008 voted to repair and preserve the town’s 140-year-old existing structure. At this year’s annual town meeting, residents approved using $150,000 from the building reserve fund to pay for the historic town hall addition.
The plans add a 34-by-42-foot, two-story structure onto the backside of the town hall, which will add approximately 2,800 square feet of space.
The project adds “desperately needed” meeting space that will double as an area to vote, White said. It also will resolve Americans With Disability Act violations with the town hall and bring safety and security measures up to date, he 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, the town manager has said.
The plan is to start both projects as soon as possible, White said.