City allocates $7,000 to complete fire station expansion

Money taken from City Hall capital project fund
By Ben Holbrook | Oct 11, 2012

Belfast — Councilors approved allocating $7,000 from the server capital project fund to cover the remaining balance of expanding the Belfast Fire Department building at their Tuesday, Oct. 2, meeting.

The expansion project involved adding two additional bays onto the building, as well as repaving the entire parking lot. According to council minutes from a March 6, 2012, meeting, councilors hired local contractor Mitch Brown, and determined much of the work could be completed by the Public Works Department –- in addition to the volunteers who assisted with the project.

To complete the expansion project, councilors budgeted $95,000 — $90,000 for the two bay addition and paving, and $5,000 for boiler work.

Councilor Mike Hurley commented on how impressed he was with the quality of the work, since it was done by people who volunteered their time.

“You can’t build that cheap without a lot of devotion,” Hurley said.

The allocation was approved unanimously.

Other business:

Councilors approved a request to expend $75 from the Cemetery Trust Fund to Holmes Greenhouse and Florist for fresh arrangements (summer) for various cemetery lots under Perpetual Care contracts through the city.

Sandra Carey was appointed as the new Transfer Station Manager.

Councilors considered a bid in the amount of $3,196 to weatherize the downtown bathrooms. The bid is being vetted by an outside contractor to determine the work can be completed for that amount before councilors accept it.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or at

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