RUMFORD — The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Thursday night to approve an amended bid for exterior repairs to the Rumford Public Library.

At the previous meeting, the board tabled approval of a base bid of $154,000 by H.E. Callahan for the work until it checked the roof to see what repairs are necessary.

Following an inspection of the roof with H.E. Callahan and a roofer, Town Manager John Madigan said they found a few loose pieces on the edges and only a couple missing slate pieces in the back.

“The rest of it is really in good shape,” he said. 

As a result, the base bid was reduced to $105,095 because Madigan indicated they will just need to replace the loose and missing tiles and do a visual inspection of the roof.

He said the work will also include:


• Pointing of the bricks;

• Replacing the rotted wood and gutters;

• Aligning the gutters;

• Installing new flashing on the drip edge; and

• Taking off the first three layers of slate shingles so a new water and ice shield can be installed near the drip edge.

Madigan said the entire cost of the work is covered by the library’s capital fund.


In other business, a public hearing was held before the regular meeting on a four-story residence at 240 Pine St. considered dangerous.

Following an inspection by Code Enforcement Officer Dave Errington in May 2015, a process was started to get owners Greg, John and Steve Zadakis to make repairs or remove porches deemed insecure and a danger to the public if they should fall because of their proximity to the sidewalk.

Errington said Greg Zadakis agreed to make those repairs before winter. He purchased the lumber, but the work was not done.

During this time, the sidewalk next to the residence has been blocked off to protect the public.

The board voted 3-2 to agree with Town Attorney Jennifer Kreckel’s recommendation to have the owners create a plan to be approved by Errington, and make sure the building meets code in 30 days. If that is not successful, the town will be given the authority to take down the porches. A special tax would then be assessed to the owners for the work, as well as for the legal fees incurred.

Voting against the measure were Selectmen Frank Diconzo and Jeff Sterling.

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