Police station bids over budget

  • Francestown select board opens two bids for police department renovations. (Abby Kessler / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Abby Kessler—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, January 02, 2018 12:21PM

Two bids for renovations to the police department building in Francestown came in over the amount taxpayers allocated for the project last year during Town Meeting.

Select board member Henry Kunhardt opened two bids during a meeting on Thursday evening. The first was from Cutter Construction Co for $169,775, and the second bid came in from Project Resource Group LLC for $238,178.

“You can do the math there,” Kunhardt said after he opened the two project bids.

Taxpayers voted to set aside $125,000 for the project last year. Kundhart said the board could decide to come up with money out of the budget to supplement the cost of the warrant article, but that they are instead going to try to make the project fit within the parameters that the taxpayers voted on.

Kunhardt said the current structure is split into two uses; one side that is used by police, and the other that formerly housed the Francestown Improvement and Historical Society. The historical society recently relocated into part of the Town Hall complex, which was recently renovated through a combination of taxpayer dollars, donations, and grant money. Kunhardt said the town plans to make the structure into one unit to be used by the town’s police department. Renovations would also help correct structural shortcomings of the building, he said.

John Pietroniro, president of PRG, attended the meeting on Thursday night. He said things like a security ceiling that is planned to be part of the renovation process would cost about $24,000, which pushed the overall cost up quickly. He said the security ceiling was likely “overkill.”

Select board members Kunhardt and Abigail Arnold said they wouldn’t be able to act on either of the bids during the meeting on Thursday and that they would accept a bid at a later date. Chair Brad Howell didn’t attend the meeting.