WEST PARIS – Everett Excavation of Norway was awarded a contract to clean up debris, back-fill and grade the area on Perham Field where the grandstand stood until it was destroyed by fire in late July.

Everett’s bid was lowest of three at $5,225. Others were $7,300 by Maine Custom Woodlands of New Gloucester and $8,000 by Wayne Kennagh Excavating, also of Norway.

A teenage boy was arrested and charged with arson in the case after the State Fire Marshal’s Office determined that the blaze was intentionally set. The youth awaits court action.

Cleanup and ground preparation work will be completed soon, readying the area for construction.

Only $14,000 of the estimated $45,000 to $50,000 needed to rebuilt the grandstand is available through the town’s insurance. Fundraising will cover the rest.

Jeff Shock, president of the West Paris Athletic Association, would like to see work get under way next spring but said it may not until 2010. Shock said the new grandstand will be similar to the old one but smaller.


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