WOODSTOCK — The Board of Selectmen voted Tuesday evening to accept a series of bids that will allow them to proceed with renovating a pole shed to make it more secure.

Townspeople voted at a May 19 special town meeting to raise and appropriate $18,000 to close the front of the pole shed, install four overhead doors and add a concrete slab floor.

At a previous selectmen meeting, Town Manager Vern Maxfield said that the shed had been burglarized and by closing it off and installing overhead doors, it would be more secure.

Board of Selectmen Chairman Ron Deegan said the project would be split into three parts: enclosing the shed, installing the overhead doors and installing the concrete slab.

Deegan and Selectman Stephen Bies voted to approve a $3,995 bid from Hank Forman to enclose the pole shed. He was the sole bidder.

They also voted to approve a $2,900 bid from Roberts Overhead Door in Norway to install the four overhead doors and a $10,100 bid from Rapid Ralph and Son in Paris to install the concrete slab floor.


Roberts Overhead Door and Rapid Ralph and Son also were the sole bidders for their respective projects.

In other business, selectmen decided to postpone renovations on the Whitman Memorial Library roof after bids came in over the amount approved at the annual town meeting.

Bies said that the only bid for the library roof was a $23,500 bid from P&P Construction in Gardiner.

Maxfield pointed out that the town had approved $5,000 for repairs to the library roof.

“Why is their bid so high?” Bies asked.

Maxfield replied that the town likely underestimated the cost of the repairs.

“It was a little shortsighted of us, but we can set that project aside for next year,” Maxfield said.


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