Town meeting to focus on spending for ballfields and historic building

Jan 09, 2019
Source: File photo

LINCOLNVILLE — At a special town meeting Jan 14, voters will be asked to authorize spending money to improve athletic fields at Lincolnville Central School and to hire a consultant to assess the condition of a historic, town-owned building.

The meeting takes place at 6 p.m. in the Walsh Common of the Lincolnville Central School, 523 Hope Road.

Lincolnville Improvement Association building

Voters will be asked to approve $17,390 from the LIA building repair account to be used for an assessment of the building's exterior, structure, mechanical and electrical systems, compliance with building codes and hazardous materials. The cost includes the creation of as-built drawings of the building by 2A Architects LLC, and a construction cost estimate by Albertson Builders & Services. Gartley & Dorskey Enginnering will conduct the structural evaluation.

The building was constructed in 1892 to serve as a two-room schoolhouse. It has been owned by the town for 100 years, according to Town Administrator David Kinney.

In November, the Board of Selectmen agreed that voters should decide whether funds in the 2018-19 municipal budget for repairs to the LIA building can be used to assess the building's condition.

Voters approved funds in June for repairs to the building's exterior siding and walls. The scope of the project changed when discussions began in October with Amanda Austen, principal architect of 2A Architects in Rockport.

2A Architects first worked with the town in 2012, when it was chosen to investigate options for expanding the Town Office. 2A drew up the plans for the $540,000 Town Office renovation and expansion, which voters approved. The work was completed in November 2013, on time and within budget, according to a report on Village Soup.

The town leases the building to the Lincolnville Improvement Association, which uses the first floor and leases the second floor to the Linconville Historical Society for the Schoolhouse Museum.

Ballfields

Voters will be asked to authorize the transfer and use of $10,000 in the unassigned fund balance, also called the surplus fund, on improvements to the ballfields behind the school.

The work focuses on preparing infields for the spring season, including applying fertilizer, rolling and smoothing the fields, infield grass mix, and crabgrass and broadleaf weed control. Also included is field aeration and top-dress seeding and fertiziling of the fields, to be completed after the school year ends.

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