Selectmen seek to slash repair cost

TREMONT — Selectmen decided Monday to work with the sole bidder on a road repair project to bring the cost in line with budgeted funds.

R.F. Jordan and Sons of Ellsworth was the only company out of the six solicited for bids for reconstruction and paving work on the Kelleytown Road. The $291,400 bid was deemed beyond the $245,000 available for the project.

Town Manager Dana Reed asked selectmen how they would like to proceed. One possibility would be for the town to request new bids. Another would be to reduce the scope and therefore the cost of the project. Don Becker of G.F. Johnston and Associates, the engineering firm for the road project, agreed that costs could be cut through eliminating some items in the bid specifications.

“For the most part, it would be the elimination of culverts I proposed,” he said. Deleting work on the shoulders of the road is another option, he said.

“I think we can bring it in under the town’s budget,” Becker said.

Selectmen voted 5-0 to have engineers negotiate with R.F. Jordan to bring the project under the $245,000 cap.

The Kelleytown Road work includes rebuilding sections of the road and overlay asphalt on 4,566 feet of the travel way.

Library expansion

Selectmen also gave the nod to the Bass Harbor Memorial Library’s plan for an addition to the historic structure. The 768-square-foot addition would house a children’s room, a meeting space and a small room for staff use. The town’s Planning Board granted a permit for construction in May.

“We want to keep it very simple to keep the cost down,” said Susan Edson, of the library’s board of trustees. The library is to raise the funds for construction. “We’re not going to come to the town for any money,” she added.

Selectmen said they had no issues with the library’s plans and voted unanimously for the library board to proceed.

In a related matter, selectmen appointed three members of the library’s board of trustees to serve new terms. Carey Donovan, Art Paine and Rachel Kohrman Ramos were appointed to three-year terms that begin July 1.

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