May 07, 2021

Police, fire departments move to new quarters

LINCOLN — Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 7, the police and fire departments, which were housed in the public safety building on Adams Street, will do business from their temporary quarters in the old Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. building on West Broadway.

Fire Chief David Rand said emergency telephone numbers are the same, 794-8161 for the Fire Department, and 794-2221 for the Police Department. People who may have gone directly to the departments for information or assistance should now go to their temporary quarters on West Broadway.

Both departments will be housed temporarily at the West Broadway site until the Public Safety Building is renovated. Town Manager James B. Somerville said bid specifications required that enough repairs be made so that fire vehicles could be housed in the building by Nov. 1. The entire project was to be completed no later than January 1992.

Bids for the renovation project will be opened at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8. The Renovations Committee will review bids in a meeting at 7 p.m. on the same day, in the council chambers. The committee will make a bid recommendation, which will be considered by the Town Council on Monday, Aug. 12.

In addition to considering a bid, Somerville said the council would consider temporarily closing off Adams Street to traffic as a safety precaution while construction was underway.

Once the council acts on a bid, Somerville said construction would begin as soon as possible.

Members of both departments have been busy cleaning and painting the old Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. building, which is owned by the town, as well as packing and moving all of their equipment and gear to the West Broadway site.

Most of the existing Fire Department’s portion of the building will be eliminated and replaced with new construction, and the Police Department’s portion will be renovated.

The proposed renovation includes adding 3,600 square feet of space to the building, construction of a new overhanging roof to improve entrance safety, and complete remodeling of the existing building. The old hose tower will be removed.

Plans call for a new 1,440-square-foot addition on the Route 2 side of the building, which would house larger fire equipment in the future. A second addition of 1,200 square feet will be added to the Fleming Street side of the building. With a full basement, the work on the Fleming Street side will provide a total of 2,400 square feet of new space.

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