Restroom rehab postponed

MOUNT DESERT — Renovation of the vintage restroom building at the Seal Harbor beach parking lot will not be done this fall after all.

Town officials have agreed to the contractor’s request to do it next spring, starting no later than March 28 and finishing by May 26.

Public Works Director Tony Smith said the contractor, Associated Builders of Ellsworth, asked for the postponement because of delays caused by bids coming in over budget.

“Due to our postponing the project for a year while we raised additional funds and the time lag between our two town meeting sessions, they have taken on additional work,” Smith said in a Sept. 18 memo to Town Manager Durlin Lunt. “The schedules for their other projects conflict with ours.”

The restroom renovation project had been expected to start this month. But Smith said he had no objection to delaying it.

“At least we will be working from cooler into warmer weather rather than the other way around,” he said.

He added that Associated Builders has an excellent reputation and “they worked with us in reducing the costs of the overall project.”

The company’s original low bid of $164,628 was $64,628 more than the town had budgeted. Negotiations involving the town, the contractor and the architect resulted in reducing the cost by just over $26,000.

The restrooms, built in 1921, need extensive work to bring them up to modern standards and to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

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Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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