STOCKTON SPRINGS — The Select Board again postponed action Nov. 18  on awarding a contract for heat pumps to be installed in the Town Office. Town Manager Mac Smith said he had talked to Efficiency Maine, and learned that rebates may again be available next spring.

He presented two bids from Solar Logix LLC of Belfast, one for the entire Town Office, which came in at $31,950 after an expected state rebate of $6,050, and the other one for a system with three or four zones, like the previous bids the town has received. That one came in at $10,200, after an anticipated Efficiency Maine rebate of $4,800.

The other bids the town has received were: Sundog Solar, $14,297, after a $1,000 rebate; Dave’s World, $19,961 before rebate; and Valley Home Service, $10,950 after a $1,000 rebate.

In a letter accompanying his quotes, Solar Logix President Josh Oxley said “these large rebates need to be pre-qualified and the most critical qualifier is the electrical services from CMP,” adding that the town would need to have a “small general service” account with the utility in order to qualify for the size rebate he had projected in his quote.

After discussion, board member Darren Shute said he would confirm the type of account the town has with CMP and would talk with Efficiency Maine about the rebates in the Solar Logix proposal. The matter will be taken up at a future meeting.

The board also discussed the status of the town’s agreement to provide ambulance service for the town of Prospect. After the last meeting, where the two select boards talked about the contract, Smith said, he heard from the Prospect board that they would like to formalize the proposal from Stockton to provide service for the first year at a cost of $38,575. The manager went on to say Prospect will send a letter of intent. He also told the board he and Ambulance Director Amy Drinkwater would be available to answer questions when Prospect board members explain the new agreement to residents, since it contains a significantly higher cost for ambulance service than the town has previously paid.

In other business, the board approved the placement of a kiosk at the intersection of Blanchard Lane and Meadow Road that would display information about a trail maintained by Coastal Mountains Land Trust. The kiosk was built by Jackson Dargen as his Eagle Scout project, and Smith and Jack Shaida, land steward for the trust, would go, along with Public Works Director George Russell, to inspect the site where it would be placed.

Smith also suggested the board adopt a policy regarding minimum liability insurance for town vendors. He will seek information from Maine Municipal Association.

Finally, during the workshop portion of the meeting, board member Betsy Bradley announced that Stockton Springs Community Builders will hold a tree lighting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, with hot cocoa and cookies.

In addition, the group plans a family event Saturday, Dec. 4, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. featuring a live Nativity, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus and crafts for children. And Saturday, Dec. 18, there will be a Christmas parade through town starting at 10 a.m.

The next meeting will be Dec. 2 at 8 a.m.

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