The Bicknell City Council held a public hearing Monday on the proposed 2018 city budget. According to Mayor Thomas Estabrook, the proposed budget includes an increase in wages of 4% for full time city employees. The budget also includes $30,000 for sidewalk replacement on North Main Street. The City Council will consider adoption of the budget at its meeting on October 9th.
In other business, the Bicknell City Council also voted to make Park Road near Southside Park a two way street. Traditionally, Mayor Estabrook says a section of the road from Main Street to Shelterhouse Road has been a one way street. The council returned this section to two way traffic and eliminated parking on the street.
The Bicknell Board of Works opened bids Monday in anticipation of receiving some funding from the Community Crossings grant program. While the city has not received notice of an award, officials want to have a contractor in place so they may begin work as soon as possible. Milestone contractors bid $570,000 for the project, while E&B paving bid $639,000. The bids were taken under advisement until a special public meeting on September 18th.
The Board of Works also accepted a $34,400 quote from Leary Construction for painting of the city’s water tower. Officials hope the work will be completed by the end of the year.