WATERVILLE — City councilors on Tuesday will consider awarding contracts for road projects, including one that would reconfigure a dangerous five-way intersection at First Rangeway and Western Avenue. They also will award a contract for a river walk design at Head of Falls.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be preceded by a 6:45 p.m. executive session to notify councilors that union negotiations for a new Fire Department labor contract will start this month.

“The goal is to establish a three-year contract,” City Manager Michael Roy said Friday.

The First Rangeway-Western Avenue project is a state and federal project expected to cost a little more than $200,000 and will involve permanently blocking off Western Avenue at First Rangeway and building a road from Chase Avenue to Western Avenue, according to Roy.

The city received six bids for the project, to be paid for entirely by the state and federal governments, he said.

“This intersection has three times the normal crash rate for intersections,” he said. “That’s why it was identified many years ago as a priority of the state and federal governments. The state came to us and said they think something should be done.”

Councilors also will consider awarding a contract for a 2016 municipal partnership initiative project with the state to improve Armory Road and Union Street.

The $263,000 project cost would be shared by the state and the city, according to Roy.

Airport Road would get overlay and pavement as part of the project and Union Street would be reclaimed, or ground up and replaced, and then new pavement placed over it, according to Roy.

The council will award a contract for a 2016 pavement maintenance program, as well as a contract for a 2016 street rehabilitation project. Councilors also will consider transferring $50,000 from the natural gas tax increment financing program to road work, as the city collected more money in the natural gas TIF than budgeted, Roy said.

The council will consider authorizing Roy to hire Mitchell & Associates, of Portland, for $23,500, to design a river walk at Head of Falls. The city received five bids for the project, and the River-walk Advisory Committee interviewed three candidates and recommended the Portland firm, Roy said.

Councilors will consider approving food, liquor and special amusement licenses for Divine Consigns Inc., doing business as The Country Manor, in the former John Martin’s Manor on College Avenue. Business plans include a steakhouse; full bridal services including receptions; a high-end consignment shop for clothes, furniture and other items; and an outdoor flea market on Sundays.

The council will consider taking a final vote to change the zoning at College Quik Stop at 288 West River Road to allow the business to install a canopy with gas pumps.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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Twitter: @AmyCalder17


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