Town plans construction of spec building

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RUMFORD – Selectmen delayed awarding the contract for construction of a business park spec building until an engineering firm can study the bids.

The board and the Finance Committee voted unanimously Thursday night to put the plan on the warrant for the annual town meeting in June. The 7,200-square-foot building would be built in the business park off state Route 108.

Town Manager Steve Eldridge said three bids came in between $1 million and $1.2 million. He said the town has a client who wants to relocate to the building. He declined to name the business.

The floor plan shows space for four truck bays, a conference room, offices and stock area. The building, expected to to constructed of steel, will be 60-by-100-feet. The Waterville firm of Spaulding Engineers and Construction Services is reviewing the bids, said Eldridge.

Selectmen will award the contract at the June 1 board meeting.

After the structure is build, the client is expected to purchase it from the town. That should be by the end of the year, said Eldridge.

The spec building will be the first construction in the park. The town public works crew is building an access road into a portion of the nearly 85 acre lot.

In a related matter, the contract for iron pipe for use in the park was awarded to Public Works Supply of Lewiston for a bid of $63,392.

In other matters Thursday, the coming year’s sewer assessment was set at $88 annually.

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