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Contractors vie for town hall construction

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POTSDAM — A bid of about $1.3 million from Harvey Excavation and Construction of Chase Mills was the lowest among seven companies competing for the contract to build the town hall at 18 Elm St.

All bids are under review by engineering firm Tisdel Associates to make sure they meet the town’s needs, according to Town Supervisor Marie C. Regan.

Once they have been reviewed, recommendations will be made to the town board, which is expected to award contracts for the construction at its meeting Tuesday. Construction will start next month and be completed by the end of November.

Fifteen companies are vying for mechanical, plumbing and fire protection, and electrical contracts for the project.

Apparent low bidders for each of these contracts were:

n Mechanical — Empire Northeast of Gouverneur, $229,750.

n Plumbing and fire protection — Skelley Contractors of Ogdensburg, $113,000.

n Electrical — Collins-Hammond Electrical Contractors of Ogdensburg, $166,500.

Plans for the town hall were made alongside the renovations to the town offices at 35 Market St. The town court will move back to the renovated building once construction is completed. All other offices will move to the new town hall, which will feature such amenities as a community kitchen and its own generator.

The project is funded through money set aside in the town’s capital fund from a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement with Brookfield Renewable Energy, now Brascan Hydro.

While planning and construction is under way, the town continues to operate out of its temporary offices at 12 Elm St.

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