SANGERVILLE, Maine — A second firm that inspected the former Abbie Fowler School has pegged the removal cost of hazardous materials at far less than that of another firm.
Residents voted last year to demolish the school, which was deeded to the town after SAD 4 closed it in 2001 during a districtwide consolidation effort, to create green space.
Town Manager Michelle Dumoulin told selectmen earlier this winter that it would take two $200,000 brownfield grants to do the abatement work that includes asbestos removal as identified by Ransom Environmental Consultants of Portland. Town officials began working with two nonprofit organizations to acquire the grants when they decided to seek a second opinion.
Selectmen were told Thursday that Steve Wintle of Facility Management Group of Dexter, who recently conducted an assessment, indicated the cost will be far less than the estimate from the Portland firm. Dumoulin was advised by Board Chairman Lance Burgess not to disclose the estimated cost until bids are received for the work and opened on March 24. Wintle will help the town solicit bids for the removal and help it through the process at a cost of $2,200, a move that was approved by the board Thursday.
‘’I think we’re headed in the right direction,’’ Selectman Lance Burgess said Thursday.
On another matter, a complaint was lodged at Thursday’s meeting by resident Brent Randall, who took exception to the town’s plowing of the lower end of the Gray Road. The town plows a section of the road and the remainder is a private way, but over the past few years, the road has been plowed to the end where Selectman Lance Burgess has a home.
Burgess said he had expressed his concern to Dumoulin and two previous town managers that the town shouldn’t be plowing the lower end of the road. The plowing started, he said, when he wasn’t a selectmen. ‘’When I’m on the board, it makes me even more uncomfortable,’’ Burgess said.
‘’As I understand it, the turn-around where they [the town’s plow operators] would normally turn around is terribly inadequate,’’ Burgess said. When he moved onto the road many years ago, Burgess said he made a sizable turnaround so the bus could pick up his children. The turnaround apparently makes it easier for the plow drivers, he explained.
‘’It’s not like I haven’t taken actions to stop it,’’ Burgess said.
Randall suggested that some type of disciplinary action should be taken to stop the practice.
‘’If it happens again, there will be some action taken,’’ Burgess said.