LINCOLNVILLE — At its Nov. 14 meeting, the Select Board found itself in a bit of a pickle over funding for resurfacing and relining the town’s tennis courts, located at Lincolnville Central School.

The proposal to resurface the courts was made several years ago. Voters have appropriated $15,000 for the project, which includes resurfacing the four tennis courts, painting tennis court lines and also painting lines for pickleball.

Bids were received from Maine Tennis & Track and from Vermont Tennis Court Surfacing. All bids exceeded the funding appropriated for the project. Two bids were received from Vermont Tennis with the lowest at $16,291. The bid did not include installation of pickleball lines, which would add as much as $1,200 to the price.

Town Administrator David Kinney noted the issues facing the town in searching for additional funds to complete the project.

“This may be one of those things where we’re chasing our tail,” Kinney said. “If we wait to ask for additional funds from the voters, we might get that, but the price will have probably gone up. Where does it end?”

Lincolnville Recreation Commission representative Peter Rollins said the commission recommends moving forward with the lowest bid ($16,291) from Vermont Tennis Court Surfacing, a bid that still exceeds the appropriated funds.

“Part of the challenge,” Kinney said, “is these folks are booking into next summer right now. If we wait for a budget appropriation next June, you can’t sign a contract you don’t have money for. We’d have to wait for the next year, and then the price goes up.”

Select Board member Keryn Laite noted the bid from Maine Track & Tennis included sanding and painting the net posts, as well as re-hanging the nets. He wondered if that could be included in the bid submitted by Vermont Tennis Court Surfacing.

“I’d just like to see it complete,” Laite said, “so that we don’t have to finish something after they are done.”

Kinney recommended reaching out to Vermont Tennis Court resurfacing to include painting the posts to enable “an apples-to-apples comparison” in the bids. With that in hand, Kinney noted, they could discuss options for generating the additional funding needed to complete the project.

“We’re this close,” Kinney said, “and we need to close that gap.”

He expressed confidence that the Select Board and Recreation Commission would come up with a funding solution that would allow the courts to be resurfaced next summer and be ready for use.

Once resurfaced and relined, the courts will also be used for pickleball, which has exploded in popularity both nationally and regionally.