WATERVILLE — City councilors tonight will consider approving a contract for site preparation, foundation work and structural steel installation at the new police station property on Colby Circle.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by an executive session at 6:45 p.m. to consider a tax abatement as well as real estate negotiations for selling a city-owned house at 167 Water St.

The council will consider entering into a contract with Wright-Ryan Construction Inc. for the preliminary police station work, with the understanding that a guaranteed maximum price for the entire police station project will be presented at a council meeting Oct. 30.

City Manager Michael Roy said Monday that on Oct. 30, councilors will hold a meeting, open to the public, where bids for the project will be reviewed.

“They will already be opened and our construction manager, Wright-Ryan, will be there to report on the bids received and with a recommendation for a guaranteed maximum price,” Roy said.

Roy said the plan is to start the police station construction by Nov. 1 and continue throughout the winter.

In other matters, councilors will consider declaring a vacancy in the Ward 2 council seat, vacated when George Myers Jr. resigned Oct. 2. The seat will be advertised and those wanting to serve will be asked to submit letters of interest to the city clerk’s office by 5 p.m. Oct. 31.

Councilors will consider voting to protect the Pine Grove Cemetery chapel from further deterioration and try to secure funding, including through loans and grants, to help restore the building.

The council also is scheduled to consider awarding a $30,060 contract to Dixon construction of Benton to install a frost wall and slab for a Quarry Road Recreation Area maintenance building. The council would award the contract with the understanding that the work will not start until a project budget is completed and approved.

Mayor Karen Heck is expected to read a proclamation recognizing the Waterville Inclusive Community Project, Students Taking Action and Negotiating Diversity and Student Allies for their commitment and dedication to creating welcoming environments and safe places for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

The council will consider approving a resolution sponsored by Council Chairman Fred Stubbert Jr., D-Ward 1, declaring Sunday as a day to unplug all devices not necessary and engage in activities that use “our best community and personal resources to promote the common bond which we all share.”

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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