LINCOLN, Maine — A town committee will meet with a Bangor architect today to continue planning for a new Public Works Department garage, though no timeline is set on a referendum seeking voter approval for the building, Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said Tuesday.
AMES A/E Architect & Engineers of Bangor is being paid $68,850 to handle all engineering services for the garage, following Public Works Building Committee guidelines on what the building should include, Goodwin said.
But none of this means that the designs will be realized, Goodwin said.
Committee members “are just beginning the design process,” Goodwin said Tuesday. “They will work with AMES to design the building and present to the Town Council a cost estimate.”
If the council approves the estimate, voters will decide whether to proceed with construction.
Councilors generally have agreed for many years that the existing building on Park Avenue needs renovation or replacement. The garage has or has had a leaky roof and its sides bleed heat because of a lack of insulation. It also lacks workspace, a lunch area for workers and storage space.
Voters narrowly rejected replacing it with a new structure for $675,000 in a November 2008 referendum. The vote was 1,175 to 1,117.
The garage is one of several town buildings councilors are considering replacing or building. They also are considering building the town’s first recreation and community center off Route 6 and relocating the town office. No plans have been voted on, nor have any timelines been set.
In voting to hire AMES, councilors chose to support building a new garage in response to a report by Applebee Engineering P.A. of Bangor in February that the existing garage should be replaced rather than renovated.
Applebee’s firm spent about two months assessing the 40-year-old building to determine the costs associated with its repair, renovation or replacement. It was hired in late October.
The building committee and AMES have already met once, Goodwin said.