WATERVILLE — City councilors on Tuesday plan to consider spending $127,431 for furniture and other equipment for the new police station.

They also will consider buying an airport jet refueler for $152,650 and a wide-area mower with a snow blower attachment — also for the airport — for $93,694.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the council chambers at The Center downtown. It will be preceded by an executive session at 6:30 p.m. to confer with legal counsel; as well as discuss real estate negotiations.

In addition to considering buying police and airport equipment, the council will consider:

• Buying a $23,021 large area mower for the parks department from Hammond Tractor Co., of Fairfield.

• Awarding a $296,505 contract to low bidder Pike Industries Inc., of Fairfield, for improvements to Pleasant Hill Drive, Blue Jay Way and Penny Lane. With $29,650 added to that amount, the total project cost would be $326,155.

• Awarding a $249,330 contract to low bidder B & B Paving Inc. of Hermon for improvements to Drummond Avenue, Armory Road and Oak and Ticonic streets. With an added $24,933 contingency allowance, the total project would cost $274,263.

The council on April 2 tabled awarding contracts for buying the wide-area mower and jet refueler for the airport.

The city considered two bids for the police station furniture, fixtures and equipment: $127,431 from Union Office Interiors, which has offices in Augusta, as well as Boston and Wilmington, Mass.; and $162,190 from W.B. Mason, based in Brockton, Mass. Money for the items would come from a police station construction bond.

Police Chief Joseph Massey recommends the council award the bid to Union Office Interiors.

The items would be installed in the $3.4 million, 12,133-square-foot station being built on Colby Street.

Police are scheduled to move this summer from the basement of City Hall to the new station.

A memo from Massey to Mayor Karen Heck and councilors, dated April 10, says he met several times over a three-month period with Union Office Interiors and W.B. Mason to discuss specific furniture needs and prices. City Engineer Greg Brown, Port City Architects and Wright-Ryan Construction, who are working on the police station project, also attended some of the meetings, according to Massey. The purpose was to ensure that furniture selected would fit room designs, maximize efficiency, be ergonomically correct and be within budget, according to Massey.

“The furniture is an integral part of employee comfort, performance, efficiency and allows for the smooth flow of movement throughout the facility,” his memo says.

Funds for the $152,650, 3,000-gallon jet refueler and $93,694 wide-area mower for the airport, as well as the $23,021 large-area mower for the parks department, would come from a bond to be completed this year.

Amy Calder — 861-9247
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