LINCOLN, Maine — By a six-vote margin, voters approved funding to build a new Public Works Department garage on Park Avenue, officials said Tuesday.
The 178-172 vote means that the project — which already has gone out to bid in anticipation of the spring construction season — could be finished this year.
Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said she was pleased.
“The issues with the [present] garage needed to be addressed,” Goodwin said.
Voting at Mattanawcook Academy was slow all day in Lincoln, which has more than 5,000 residents.
Voters narrowly rejected replacing the old garage for $675,000 in a November 2008 referendum. The vote was 1,175 to 1,117. At the time, the town’s facility on Park Avenue had a leaky roof and was deemed insufficiently insulated, inadequate and unsafe.
A group of taxpayers rejected a $2.4 million proposed garage design in October. They complained of the cost, saying that town taxes already were too high for the services offered and that a garage simply shouldn’t cost that much.
The design was scaled back twice since then. It now features an 8,025-square-foot building with three bays that could hold six vehicles and six rooms, including an office, lunchroom, two bathrooms and storage and building utilities areas.
Public Works Department officials said the latest design is adequate for meeting town needs, but the garage would need to be expanded if the state opts to make maintenance of Lincoln’s state roads a town responsibility or if the town’s population expands significantly.