Public Works Project Informational Meeting - POSTPONED TO WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14TH

Date: 
Tue, 03/13/2018 - 6:00pm - 6:48pm
Location: 
Town Hall, 13 School St

 

What you should know about the proposed

Bowdoinham Public Works Project

 

OVERVIEW

The Town’s need and desire for a new Public Works Facility is long-standing. Over the last 12 years or so, the citizens of Bowdoinham have repeatedly expressed their interest in and support for transitioning the Public Works operation to a more adequate property. Following years of searching, a property at 121 Pond Road was purchased to accomplish this goal, and the facility has been designed and engineered.  The relocation of the Public Works Facility will allow for the implementation of the Town’s 2005 Waterfront Plan.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE PROCESS TO DATE?

  • 2005: The Town voted to adopt a Waterfront Plan that calls for moving Public Works to a new location and redeveloping the current site.

  • 2009: The Town voted against borrowing $225,000 for the purpose of purchasing a 7.25 acre property and designing and engineering a new public works facility at the corner of Pond Rd. and Main St. ($125,000 land purchase, $100,000 for engineering/design and site work).

  • 2011 – 2012: A Town Manager-appointed Task Force researched and reviewed options for the Public Works Facility and Recycling Barn.

  • 2012: Approximately 90 – 100 residents attended a meeting in which the task force presented information on options for the Public Works Facility and Recycling Barn. Those at the meeting overwhelmingly supported the Town finding a different location than the current location for Public Works and constructing a new Public Works Facility.

  • 2012-2016: The Town Manager reviewed and inspected eight properties, disqualifying each as suboptimal for various reasons ranging from size to location to cost.

  • 2016: 121 Pond Rd. came to the Town’s attention and was investigated by the Manager and deemed to be an excellent property for a Public Works Facility. The Manager was authorized by the Select Board to negotiate a purchase and sale agreement.

A Special Town Meeting in December 2016 authorized the purchase of the 121 Pond Road property for a price not to exceed $105,000 and design and engineering for a new Public Works Facility at a cost not to exceed $65,000. Both of these items were funded from the Town’s Undesignated Fund Balance.

  • 2017: The Town purchased the 121 Pond Road property in March. Design and engineering work began in April 2017 and was completed in December.

  • 2018: The Select Board authorized the engineers to place the project out to bid to secure exact costs from contractors.

 

WHAT DOES THE NEW PUBLIC WORKS FACILITY INCLUDE?

The Facility will include an 80’ x 122’ Public Works Garage with an office, crew room, restrooms, vehicle maintenance/repair space and 7 garage bay spaces to store trucks and equipment and a 60’ x 120’ sand/salt storage building with laminated arches and metal roof.

 

WHAT ARE THE COSTS AND HOW WILL THEY BE FUNDED?

  • The total project cost is approximately $2.4 - $2.7 million which includes excavation, utilities, site preparation, building construction, engineering, testing and contingency.

  • The Town anticipates acquiring a 25-year bond at an estimated interest rate of approximately 4.0%.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information, please contact Town Manager Bill Post at 666-5531, wpost@bowdoinham.com or visit the Town’s website at www.bowdoinham.com/public-works-facility-project-information.