Work begins on Lincoln center design

Posted April 19, 2010, at 8:46 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:02 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — A Plymouth engineering firm hired by the Town Council to design a recreation center hopes to have preliminary designs ready in six weeks, the project’s manager said Monday.

Plymouth Engineering Inc. has begun wetlands and vernal pool investigations and awaits a town topographical survey and natural resources investigation of the 10.6 acres of town-owned recreation land off Route 6, project manager Scott Braley said.

Tentative designs will be drawn after engineers meet with the council or special recreation committee members appointed last week, Braley said.

“We look at ourselves as the technical facilitators of the project,” Braley said Monday. “The town [residents] and the building committee will really design the building. It will be their decisions regarding what goes into it. Our job will be to put together what they want for a budget that they can afford.”

Acting on Town Manager Lisa Goodwin’s recommendation, councilors agreed during their April 12 meeting to hire Plymouth for about $16,000 and to appoint committee members, according to Town Council Chairman Steve Clay.

Committee members include Tom Gardner of WT Gardner and Sons Inc.; Town Councilor Samuel Clay; resident Byron Sanderson; and Paul Labrecque, who owned Master Contractors Inc. of Lincoln from 1981 to 2007, the council chairman said.

“It’s a well-rounded bunch of people to come up with the right ideas for what Lincoln needs for a rec center,” Clay said Monday.

Plymouth has an extensive resume of large-scale commercial buildings, including recreation centers. It designed a recreation center for Hermon that voters there ultimately decided not to build, while another project, for Skowhegan, has been permitted and awaits construction, Braley said.

Also, the firm has worked with the Maine Department of Transportation and Maine Department of Conservation on several recreation trail projects, he said.

None of this necessarily means that a recreation center, long a goal of town officials, will be built. No construction timeline is set. Voters will decide, possibly in November, whether to proceed with the project. If they approve, construction bids will be sought and building will start. If not, fundraising will continue, Goodwin said.

About $424,000 has been raised since the Lincoln Community Recreational Center Trust Fund was created in 2002. Trust funds will pay for the design and engineering work.

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