OTISFIELD — Selectman Rick Micklon will confer with two heating contractors for help in drawing up standardized specifications for a new boiler for the Town Office, he said Tuesday.

Micklon, who is in charge of buildings and grounds for the board, said the boiler is more than 50 years old and is inefficient.

“We keep trying to nurse it,” Selectmen Hal Ferguson said after last week’s board meeting.

The board intends to put the request for a new boiler on the annual town meeting warrant in June.

“We’re in no big hurry,” Ferguson said.

The board has been discussing the purchase for months and heard presentations from three furnace vendors this past September. They were:

* Charlie Bradbury of Bradbury Plumbing & Heating, for a $20,700 propane boiler and a $19,900 oil boiler.

* J. Palmer & Sons Plumbing & Heating, $12,000 each for a propane or an oil boiler.

* James Reid Heating Inc., $9,500 for a propane boiler and $10,400 for an oil boiler.

“We want to compare apples to apples,” Ferugson said. Therefore, it was decided to have Micklon talk with heating contractors he knows to help develop standardized specifications for the purchase.

“A new furnace will pay for itself in a few years,” Ferguson said.

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