Extra $200G Approved for 1st Parish

January 31, 2019

TYNGSBORO -- Special Town Meeting on Tuesday night unanimously endorsed raising and appropriating an additional $200,000 for the internal restoration of the 1st Parish Meeting House.

The meeting lasted just six minutes, with only the one article on the warrant. Selectmen described why the funds are needed. No discussion followed.

Bids for the project came in over the estimates of $1.7 million, with the low bid coming in at $2.259 million.

The First Parish Meeting House Subcommittee has made some minor design changes that will save $100,000. The changes are insufficient to justify rebidding the project, according to Town Manager Matthew Hanson.

The town will apply for grants from the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the DOER Green Community Grant Program. Each application would be for $100,000.

Selectmen would like the project completed this year and in time for a town block party in the summer. Therefore, they are under pressure to ensure that the money is available to lock in the general contractor.

The town purchased the 1820-year-old Greek Revival-style building in 2013 and completed exterior restoration work before starting the interior work.

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