Foundation for library addition going in for free

TREMONT — Budget constraints have delayed the expansion and renovation of the Bass Harbor Memorial Library, but one local company confirmed their donation to lay the foundation this week.

On the agenda for the regular board of selectmen meeting Monday was a request from the library’s board of trustees to put the foundation work for the project out to bid.

“We’re not sure where we stand on the commitment of a donation,” said Mike Hays, a member of the board of trustees. “We want this kind of as an insurance policy… Rather than advertise for this bid, we know who can do this so we’re just going to ask them if they’re interested.”

Earlier this year, Doug Gott and Sons, Inc. offered to lay the foundation slab for the library’s addition as a donation. Tim Gott, who attended the selectmen’s meeting, said the offer still stood.

“I can do the site work,” said Gott. “But I can’t lay a slab before April.”

Gott explained that had building plans gone through earlier in the summer, he could have had the foundation laid. In the fall months, the company is committed to too many other projects, he said.

“You’re probably not the only one in that position right now,” Hays said to Gott. “Does it make sense to do the site work this far in advance? I’m just trying to sort it out.”

Gott said he would have to redo some of the site work in the spring if he conducted it now. Both parties agreed it made more sense to wait until spring.

“We hadn’t heard,” said Hays about confirmation on the donation offer. “I’m okay with that.”

As for the list of companies the selectmen had to send out requests for bids on the foundation, Hays said, “I don’t think we need to act on this.”

Chairman of the board of selectmen, Kevin Buck, asked the library representatives, which included Clerk of the Works Mel Atherton, if they were willing to put off construction until next spring.

Reworked plans for the library expansion and renovation went out for bid at the beginning of October. When the first set of plans went out to bid earlier in the summer, only one company, MDI Property Management and Maintenance, offered their services.

Their bid was well over the library board’s budget for the project. After negotiations between the sole bidder and the board of trustees were unsuccessful, the trustees decided to ask the architect to rework the building plans.

Bids for this second round were due Oct. 25 and have been received by the library board of trustees, according to Town Manager Chris Saunders. The trustees hope to present a recommendation to award the bid at a December selectmen’s meeting.






Sarah Hinckley

Sarah Hinckley

Former Islander reporter Sarah Hinckley covered the towns of Southwest Harbor, Tremont and neighboring islands.

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