Tyngsboro Special TM to Vote on $200G for 1st Parish Meeting House
TYNGSBORO -- Selectmen have voted to call a Special Town Meeting on Jan. 29 to raise and appropriate an additional $200,000 for the internal restoration of the First Parish Meeting House.
Bids for the project came in over the estimates of $1.7 million with the low bid being $2.25 million. The First Parish Meeting House Subcommittee has made some minor design changes that will save $100,000. The changes are insufficient to warrant 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.
The 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 the funds are available to lock in the general contractor to begin work as soon as possible.
The town purchased the 1820-year-old Greek Revival style building in 2013 and completed exterior restoration work before starting the interior work.
Town Meeting will convene at 7 p.m. at Old Town Hall.