Art Paine, a member of the Bass Harbor Memorial Library Board of Trustees, painted this depiction of what the library will look like with a proposed addition designed by architect Jeri Spurling. IMAGE COURTESY OF THE BASS HARBOR MEMORIAL LIBRARY

Library expansion on track to begin in fall

TREMONT — The Board of Trustees at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library has raised close to half a million dollars for the library’s expansion on 89 Bernard Road in the last 12 months.

“A year ago, if you had asked me if we would have raised this much money and had been this far along in this project, I would’ve told you you’re nuts,” trustees Chair Pete Madeira told the Board of Selectmen Tuesday.

“Our goal is to address not just the needs we have today but the needs we’re going to have 20 years from now, 30 years from now,” said Mike Hayes, the organization’s treasurer.

The site plan application for the expansion project has been approved by the town’s Planning Board, according to Town Manager Christopher Saunders.

The next steps, said Madeira, are to meet with the town’s code enforcement officer on April 24 and get a building permit, then hire a clerk-of-the-works.

The library is the only municipal-owned library on the island, according to Saunders. As such, the trustees have to comply with the town’s purchasing policy.

Once they hire a general contractor, the trustees will need approval from the Board of Selectmen to seek bids, as their expenditure will exceed $15,000.

Madeira said that they will have bids sent to the town office and opened by the town manager. They estimate work will begin in the fall.

“You put a lot of blood and sweat into this one,” said Selectman Chris Eaton told the trustees.

“I’ve got to tell you, there’s a fair amount of luck in there too,” Hayes replied.

Henriette Chacar

Henriette Chacar

Former Islander reporter Henriette Chacar covered the towns of Southwest Harbor and Tremont.
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