The community approved three bond questions as part of the November 7, 2017 election. Of the ten projects included in the three bond questions, some are still in progress, and others have been completed or are nearing completion.
There were several projects included with Question 1 and three have been completed to date: the replacement of the Ocean Park Road Area Drainage System, Camp Ellis Erosion Project, and the replacement of the Police Department roof.
The Ocean Park drainage project was completed in June 2019, adding drainage at the corner of Ocean Park Road and Cumberland Avenue. While the bond funded construction of a 300-foot wall at the end of Fairhaven Avenue to help mitigate erosion, the city was able to utilize FEMA disaster funds to extend the structure to 500 feet in May 2018.
The Police Department roof replacement was done this past summer under the supervision of Saco’s Facilities Manager. Work will begin on the Parks & Recreation HVAC system this Friday, October 4, 2019. For the first time, the gym will have air conditioning, and the building will switch from propane to natural gas.
The City Hall HVAC system upgrades are complete and the greater efficiency of these is producing annual utility cost savings for the City.
The Foss Road Recreational Site Improvements are near-complete. The parking lot was paved and striped, and Facilities awarded the bid for the bathroom design and construction. The bathroom facility will be in place by the end of fall 2019 and ready for Spring 2020 sports seasons.
The Lincoln Street Utility, Sidewalk, & Roadway Reconstruction is also nearing completion. Curbing and surface paving are the only remaining items for project completion. Between City and State funding Lincoln Street, Market Street, and Irving Street all saw major upgrades to sewer, drainage, water lines, sidewalks, and roadway condition over this two-year construction project.
Public Works held a small groundbreaking ceremony at the site for their new facility on October 1, 2019. Earlier this year, the city purchased land from Sweetser for the facility and acquired access from Funtown Splashtown USA to build Phillips Spring Road. The 1,600 feet of roadway is under construction to serve the new Public Works facility. The facility is expected to take about a year to build. There will be a few commercial lots available for sale abutting the new roadway as well. City staff is working to identify the process for the sale and best reuse of the current Public Works site on North Street.
Phase 1 of the Rt. 1 Sewer Extension to Incentivize Commercial Developments was expedited and has already earned Saco the business of Ready Seafood, the largest lobster processing facility in Maine. Phase 2 and 3 of the projects will progress as commercial development increases in this corridor of Route 1.
Route 1 Sidewalk Construction & Pedestrian Safety Improvements will include the section of Route 1 from Funtown Splashtown USA to Spring Hill Road. Survey and design work are complete, and the city is currently seeking matching fund opportunities from the State to begin construction.