- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

YORK, Maine (AP) - Selectmen in York have approved a $1.7 million contract to transform a former American Legion Post into the Maine town’s next police station.

The Portsmouth Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2aI1D38 ) the select board hired Westbrook-based Benchmark Construction for the project and additionally approved a contingency of $200,000.

The “bare bones” contract does not include a contingency allowing for construction item upgrades that building committee chair Wayne Martin says would add value to the facility itself.

The contract also does not include equipment and other furnishings that Police Chief Douglas Brady said would need to be covered by the town. He estimates that cost would amount to about $300,000.

Despite all of the contingency, Martin says the project would “undoubtedly” come under its $2.6 million budget.

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Information from: Portsmouth Herald, https://www.seacoastonline.com

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