ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Commissioners Tuesday signed a contract with Portsmouth, N.H.-based Hoyle Tanner & Associates to conduct an environmental assessment for the airport’s terminal building expansion.
However, the board members discussed for several minutes their displeasure at the cost of the contract — $26,400 — and that the work wouldn’t be done locally.
Allison Rogers, manager of the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport, said the environmental assessment was a federal requirement due to the plan for a larger footprint.
The airport’s proposed expansion would add 5,000 square feet to the existing 3,800-square-foot terminal building.
“It’s barely to the point that we even need to do one,” Rogers said. “Basically, this is writing letters” to the historical society and other groups that might be affected by the expansion, she said.
“This always gets in my craw,” said Commissioner Percy “Joe” Brown, who is chairing the board for 2013. “I don’t see of all the smart people we have in this county we can’t get the work done locally.”
“It seems like Hoyle Tanner has a monopoly,” Brown said.