Library asks for funds

TREMONT — More than $5,000 is expected to be saved on lighting equipment for the Bass Harbor Memorial Library’s current expansion project if the items are ordered soon.

Library officials asked to be added to the selectmen’s agenda at the Tuesday in order to gain approval for savings that are good until March 1.

In a request for funds for the project, library trustees asked selectmen to “waive the provisions of the town purchasing policy and allow the purchase of electrical and lighting fixtures without having additional bids.”

“We hired a lighting designer to make sure we had the right kind of lights and fixtures,” Mike Hays told selectmen at the meeting.

Donna J. Leban of Lighting/Space/Design offered to provide lights and fixtures for the project at her distributor cost, Hays said. The price of the equipment needed for the new library space has been quoted at $12,569.

While that is nearly 30 percent less than retail cost, it is expected to increase by up to 15 percent March 1, which is why the library’s board of trustees was requesting payment as soon as possible.

“We need to get her a check,” said Hays. A quote from a local electrical contractor for comparable equipment came in at around $19,000. “I feel like it’s a really good deal… We are able to get these for around $12,000.”

Doug Gott and Sons has agreed to lay the foundation for the 770-square-foot addition to the library as a donation. Site work for that part of the project is expected to take place later in the spring when weather and the ground are warm enough to do so.

Currently, the library is based in a temporary location at 737 Tremont Road in the Pacific Hall building where a portion of its collection is on display and available. Many of the library’s programs are also taking place in the new space.

Meanwhile, minor renovations to the library building have begun under the direction of Clerk of the Works Mel Atherton and contractor New Yankee Builders out of Bangor.

Sarah Hinckley

Sarah Hinckley

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

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