Town Office renovation project sent out to bid

By Beth A. Birmingham | May 14, 2019
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Thomaston selectmen, from left, Lee-Ann Upham, Bill Hahn and Peter Lammert vote in favor of putting the Lura Libby Municipal Facility renovation project out to bid at their May 13 meeting.

Thomaston — The Thomaston Board of Selectmen voted May 13 to send the Lura Libby Municipal Facility renovation project out to bid.

Architect John Hansen presented the board with an updated cost estimate for the project.

Overall, the increase of $93,453 is for site work and electrical needs. Site work includes added accessibility to the entrance of the facility, as well as more parking for the police department.

Concerning the electrical system, it was discovered that the current transformer is inadequate to serve the increased electrical needs in the building. Plus more energy-efficient lighting was chosen, which will save the town money annually.

The bid has been structured so that the base bid includes the municipal offices, recreation department and the food pantry, according to Hansen.

He explained that there is an alternative that contains all of the work done in the police department and the parking lot associated with it, which amounts to $234,538.

The cost estimate without the police department is $559,117, Hansen said.

Back in February, Hansen said costs to build out the police department would be kept separate, in case voters approved disbanding the town's department at the upcoming election and town meeting in June.

The total cost for the project is estimated between $1,100,000 and $1,200,000, according to Town Manager Valmore Blastow Jr..

Bids are to be filed at the Town Office by 1:30 p.m. June 6.

A copy of the plans can be viewed in the Assessors' Office.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

Town Office renovation project sent out to bid
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