April 20, 2019

Engineering contract for airport work OK’d

BANGOR — City councilors on Monday approved a $266,100 contract for the Boston firm of Edwards & Kelcey to do the engineering for improvements to Bangor International Airport.

The engineering services are related to the proposed reconstruction of Taxiway B and Taxiway J at the airport, as well as various kinds of lighting to be added. The airport will pay for 5 percent of the costs, with federal and state funds covering the remainder of the costs.

The initial proposal was for more than $300,000, but the final price was negotiated as directed by the Federal Aviation Administration. In addition, the contract was reviewed by an outside, independent consultant.

In other business, the council approved a proclamation of appreciation to Norman N. Dow Post 1761, Veterans of Foreign Wars, for annual contributions to the city.

Commander Ralph Smart and Quartermaster Bob Phillips attended the meeting to present a $1,000 check to the city from the VFW post. This is the seventh year that the post has made the donation, not only in thanks for services from the city, but as a way to encourage other tax-exempt organizations to follow its example and make a donation in lieu of taxes.

In addition, the post presented a $1,000 check to the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program to help the Bangor Police Department in preventing drug abuse among youngsters. Police Chief Don Winslow extended his thanks to the VFW representatives for their donation to D.A.R.E.

Also on Monday, the council:

Designated April 22-29 as Earth Week, urging residents to participate in Earth Week activities, programs and events in the area.

Appropriated $7,200 in federal funds and $1,800 in local money to purchase new wheelchair restraints for city buses.

Approved amendments to the lease agreement with Acadia Hospital Corp. The amendments allow Acadia to arrange for financing on the new 10-bed transitional housing project on Indiana Avenue.

Approved a special amusement permit for Jimmy V’s Bar and Grill, 41 Washington St.

At the end of the meeting, councilors and staff thanked the Bangor Fire Department and the Bangor Police Department for their recent work after the fire at 27 State St.

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