December 17, 2012

Waterville City Council to consider selling Water Street house, former parks and rec building

Fire truck price increase, new fire station boiler and public hearing on $5.4 million bond package also slated for Tuesday meeting

By Amy Calder
Staff Writer

WATERVILLE -- City councilors Tuesday night will consider selling a tax-acquired home on Water Street, as well as the former parks and recreation building on Western Avenue.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by a public hearing at 6:45 p.m. to discuss a $5.4 million bond for committed projects.

Councilors will take initial votes on a proposal to sell 167 Water St. for $15,000 and deposit the money in the South End Capital Improvement Account.

They also will consider selling 140 Western Ave. for $50,000 and putting money from the sale into the city's capital improvement reserve fund.

The council must take a total of three votes on the proposals and may take one or two votes tonight.

City Manager Michael Roy said Monday that before the Western Avenue building was converted for parks and recreation use, it was a fire substation. Parks and Recreation eventually moved to the public works complex off Wentworth Court.

Selling the two properties would get them back on the tax rolls, Roy said.

In other matters, councilors will consider awarding a $14,998 contract to Houle's Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning for a new high-efficiency gas-fired boiler for the Fire Department.

They also will consider changing a fire engine purchase amount from $402,365 to $407,285. The change would increase the city's contribution from $69,865 to $74,785.

A Federal Emergency Management Agency grant for $332,500 will be used for the engine purchase.

The public hearing at 6:45 p.m. will focus on a $5.4 million bond for 2013 to include money for the police station and road reconstruction projects, as well as public works, fire station and airport facilities and equipment. All are committed bond items.

Possible additional bond items for 2013 are money for Grove Street Cemetery chapel repair, airport equipment and Drummond Avenue repair.

Roy said Drummond Avenue is a state aid road and the city has a chance to partner with the state to improve it. While a final cost for the project has not been determined, Roy said the work would require a 50-50 funding split between the state and city. He said the work would be done in two phases and cover 1.2 miles, from the intersection of Armory Road, north to the Fairfield town line.

Councilors also will consider renewing a public safety dispatch services contract with the town of China for $10,820, for 2013.

Amy Calder -- 861-9247


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