WEST PARIS — The Board of Selectmen on Thursday tabled bids for revamping the town baseball field until the board meets with the West Paris Athletic Association. 

Chairman Dennis Henderson opened the three offers: Poland Corp. of West Paris for $46,200; Wayne Kennagh Excavating of South Paris for $113,385; and Bruce Manzer of Anson for $97,460.

“There’s no question in my mind what bid we’d look into,” Henderson said, “but we’ve got to come up with another $10,000 to get started.”

Representatives from Poland Corp. and Bruce Manzer were at the meeting and Selectman Pete Collette told them, “We’re going to table (the decision) and we’ll work with the selectmen here, and we’re going to figure out something (with) the (West Paris) Athletic Association.”

Athletic Association member Lauren Day said, “We definitely want to be included in that. We actually want to request a meeting with the selectmen with all the Athletic Association.”

“We’ll get back to you as soon as we can get all three of us together in one place in a meeting that we all attend,” Collette told the contractors.


Selectman Randy Jones was absent Thursday.

Improvements to the Harold Perham ball field off High Street were discussed at the selectmen meeting last month.

The field has been plagued by periodic flooding.

“Right behind second base there’s a 2-foot drop,” Code Enforcement Officer Shane Poland had said.

Collette, who is volunteering for the project and did an elevation study, said previously that the home plate area needs to be raised by 7 inches to keep the water out.

Day said at last month’s meeting that T&K Concrete has pledged to provide a concrete pad for one of the field’s service buildings.


There was also discussion about improving security and surveillance because the recreation complex has been vandalized on several occasions.

In other business:

* Discussion continued on town investments. Interim Town Manager Wade Rainey said he was waiting for proposals from Norway Savings Bank and Androscoggin Bank. Collette requested a meeting with both banks.

* Rainey announced the town’s law firm, Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer and Nelson, had made a financial donation to the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine in honor of former Town Manager John White.

* The board announced it would hold a public meeting at 5 p.m. May 26 at the Town Office to consider whether a structure at 10 Church St. should be designated a dangerous building. The former apartment building owned by Nation Star Mortgage is vacant. It is possible any action by the town could result in the property being auctioned, Rainey said.

* Rainey recommended, for security purposes, that selectmen have town email addresses established instead of using private email accounts.

* Library board member David MacDowell told selectmen the library board has received 11 applications for librarian. Patty Matley is retiring from the position.

* Selectmen voted to accept an offer of $1,500 from D.R. Fournier to seal the apron asphalt outside the Fire Department.

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