High School to get new Boilers

BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School trustees will borrow $246,000 to buy and install two new boilers to heat the school.

The trustees voted unanimously Dec. 7 to accept Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s bid to lend the money at an interest rate of 2.59 percent for 10 years.

The trustees also accepted a bid of $221,742 from Mike Marquis Mechanical of Millinocket for the installation of the boilers. That price includes the purchase of one boiler. The school will buy the other boiler separately for $28,450.

The total cost of the project, which includes engineering consulting firm Harriman Associates’ fee of $26,500, will be $275,000.

To cover the difference between that figure and the loan amount of $246,000, the trustees will ask voters at the high school’s annual meeting in April to authorize the use of $29,000 from the boiler reserve account, which has a current balance of $49,000.

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Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]