LINCOLN, Maine — The Town Council will meet in a workshop Monday to hear preliminary plans for the construction of a new Public Works Department garage, Town Manager Lisa Goodwin says.
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 has said.
The committee and council will review what AMES has created so far and make recommendations, Goodwin said.
For many years, councilors generally have agreed that the existing building on Park Avenue needs renovation or replacement. The garage has had a leaky roof and its sides leak heat because of a lack of insulation. It also lacks work space, 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 structures 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 said 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. The firm was hired in late October.
Voters will decide in a referendum whether to approve building a new garage before any construction will occur. No voting date has been set.