WINSLOW — A committee will oversee the police station construction project that was halted Aug. 3.

During an executive session Monday, Town Council Chairman Gerald St. Amand appointed himself and Councilor Ken Fletcher, both at-large councilors; Town Manager Michael Heavener; and Town Attorney William Lee to the committee.

The group’s long-term goal to work with the construction manager and the code enforcement officer to keep tabs on the project on a weekly basis, St. Amand said. The immediate goal is to negotiate the project’s cost with Peachey Builders, the project’s construction manager. St. Amand said the project was the sole subject of the 45-minute executive session, which ran 15 minutes longer than scheduled.

The police station was not discussed during the open meeting held immediately afterward, except during opening remarks by St. Amand, who said the matter would be discussed at length during a special council meeting that will be scheduled as soon as the project’s final cost is known.

The police station addition construction began in mid-July. A few weeks later, the code enforcement officer and the state issued stop-work orders because the construction manager hadn’t applied for a permit from the State Fire Marshal’s Office. After reviewing the plans, the fire marshal required the town to include code upgrades to the project, which could cost as much as $200,000. The town, the construction manager and the fire marshal’s office are still working out the details — the final cost and re-start date are unknown.

The police station addition construction began in mid-July. A few weeks later, the code enforcement officer and the state issued stop-work orders because the construction manager hadn’t applied for a permit from the State Fire Marshal’s Office. After reviewing the plans, the fire marshal required the town to include code upgrades to the project, which could cost as much as $200,000. The town, the construction manager and the fire marshal’s office are still working out the details — the final cost and re-start date are unknown.

For that reason, Heavener asked the council to table two votes on the agenda. Both items asked the council to authorize more spending on the project. The council voted unanimously to table both votes.

Fireworks vote delayed again

The meeting began with an announcement by St. Amand that a vote on a proposed ordinance to regulate consumer fireworks would be delayed another month.

The proposal would allow fireworks from 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Winslow High School graduation day, July 3 and the Fourth of July. An earlier proposal, presented by a safety committee in July, called for consumer fireworks to be banned except during 12 holidays. The current proposal also would limit the use of aerial fireworks to lots that are larger than 1.5 acres and more than 100 feet from any structure, including sheds and other outbuildings. In August, the council tabled a vote on the ordinance. At the time, Fletcher said the term “structure” was too loosely defined in the proposal, because the town’s definition includes things such as fences and swimming pools.

Consumer fireworks became legal in Maine on Jan. 1, but municipalities can set their own rules to regulate sales and use. Neighboring Waterville enacted an outright ban in June.

 


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