More money sought for boiler


FARMINGTON – Voters will be asked to consider transferring another $10,000 from the town’s undesignated fund to go with the $25,000 they agreed to transfer last month to buy a new boiler for the municipal building.

Selectmen set a special town meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Farmington Community Center. The regular selectmen’s meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the town meeting incorporated into it.

Selectmen previously voted to contract the project out to Dexter Boilers of Bangor for $19,869. But the type of boiler system they were looking to buy from the company would not do the job for the building, Town Manager Richard Davis said.

He discovered, he said, that the type of Bantam boilers they offered were designed for residential use and not for a municipal building. He said the company didn’t share that with him and accepted some of the blame for not investigating the capacity of the system more thoroughly.

Davis said the town received three bids for the project initially with the other two being from Ranor Inc. of Jay for $35,000 and RPH Inc. for $39,185 with an additional $3,400 if the work was done on weekends or after hours.

He suggested a special meeting be held to ask voters for an additional $10,000 to come from the town’s $1.4 million undesignated fund, enough to accept the bid from Ranor.

Davis said he considered working the additional money for the boiler into this year’s budget but doesn’t know what will happen with the existing boiler.

That boiler is 30 years old and already 10 years past its expected life span. It broke down late last year. Since 2000, the town has spent nearly $19,000 on repairs.

“I don’t think we should to chance it” trying to go through the winter, Davis said.

Selectmen agreed and voted to go with the next lowest bidder and go to town meeting.