Public Works Facility Project Information

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· The Select Board will hold Project Informational Meeting on March 13th at 6:00 p.m. at the Town Hall, 11 School Street to present information and answer questions.

· A Special Town Meeting will be held on March 28th at 6:00 p.m. at the Town Hall building to ask for approval for funding the Project .



The Town originally purchased the current location of the Public Works Department in 1998, and made several upgrades to the former warehouse to make it habitable for the Public Works Department. In addition, the sand/salt pile was moved from the Mailly Waterfront Park to its current location.  The current building has served the Town for the last 18 years. During this time, the Town has continued to acquire and upgrade the public works equipment and now plow and sand the majority of the roads in Bowdoinham instead of contracting for this purpose. 


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.



The Public Works Garage structure is not large enough to store all of the Town’s equipment (as the layout is not sufficient), does not allow for the current equipment to be repaired and maintained by the crew inside a heated bay, and does not include adequate bathroom, kitchen and office facilities.  It also does not have adequate storage facilities for the various fluids and parts that are needed for the Public Works operation. The building is not efficient to heat and additional insulation cannot be installed without expensive upgrades to the structure including a new cement floor, steel trusses and wall framework.  In order to be continued to be used as a Public Works Garage, the existing siding, roofing, heating, electrical, and lighting systems would need to be significantly upgraded. In addition, significant structural reinforcing will need to be completed as determined by an engineer that reviewed the building for the Town.



The current Public Works property is deeply inadequate in a variety of ways. Investing any additional taxpayer money in sustaining that facility is not advisable. Issues with the current property and facility include:

  • 80% of the current property is within the Flood Plain and Shoreland Zone. Any new construction or substantial improvement would be required to meet the current Shoreland Zoning and Floodplain Management standards.  These standards could require the building to be moved, elevated, and “flood-proofed” which would be at a much higher cost than regular construction.

  • The few acres that are not in the Flood Plain or Shoreland Zone are approximately 1,800 feet from Rt. 24. Building on those 2 acres would require constructing a road at a high cost. This area is not large enough to contain the Public Works operation.

  • The current facility cannot accommodate the town’s equipment and is not an adequate workplace for our town employees. It was acquired in 1998 for a “temporary” Public Works garage.

  • The concrete pad that holds the winter sand/salt mixture needs replacing at an estimated cost of $80,000.

  • The winter sand/salt mixture is stored outside leading to risk of contamination to groundwater and the Cathance River.

  • The facility is located in the village close to residences.

  • The current structure that is used for the Public Works garage is structurally deficient as described in an independent engineer’s report commissioned by the Town in 2010. It is cost-prohibitive to repair the existing garage and the engineer recommends replacing the structure.

  • The salt storage shed is in dire need of replacement. This cost is estimated at $100,000.



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.



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%, if approved at the March 28th Special Town Meeting.



Please click on the attachments above for more information. For more information please contact the Town Manager, William Post at