OTISFIELD — On the eve of the first day of spring, selectmen voted Wednesday night to replace the heating system in the Town Office Annex.

Selectmen Len Adler and Rick Micklon voted to spend $4,600 to have four panel radiators mounted on the walls. The panels will replace cast-iron water lines that froze and burst when a thermostat failed earlier this month.

Selectmen Chairman Hal Ferguson voted against the move, arguing that the town should address the aging boiler at the same time and create one bid package.

Adler and Micklon argued that the project would leave the Annex unheated for too long.

Selectmen and other boards and committees who normally meet in the Town Office Annex have been meeting at the Community Hall on Route 121 since early March.

Micklon said the board was provided two choices. The first, for $3,400, would install new piping and add an additional eight feet to heat the room faster. The job would take four to six weeks.

The second option to install radiators that mount to the walls would take two to three weeks. Another $800 would be needed to add a fifth panel, but it was not recommended because it would put the amount over $5,000 and require the work go out to bid.

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