Eight bids have been received for the construction of the New Canaan Town Hall building project.
Mike Pastore, director of public works, and First Selectman Robert Mallozzi categorized the bids, which were received Nov. 21, as a "good number." Pastore said normally three bid proposals are considered acceptable.
Pastore wants the project to start before the end of the year and anticipates the building committee making a decision on the bid contract in about two weeks.
The project is slated to be completed in spring 2015. Demolition already is underway at Town Hall.
At the Nov. 20 Town Council meeting, Pastore and Bill Oestmann, buildings and fleet superintendent, gave an update on that project and the one for the firehouse, saying they are progressing nicely and on budget.
"To date all the work that's been done has been on budget," Pastore said.
Oestmann gave a slide presentation, which featured pictures of various rooms throughout the building that have been stripped and, in some cases, gutted.
"It was well-built back in the 1930s," he said of the solid construction in some areas. "They made sure it wasn't going to move."
The project is likely to cost around $14 million.
"The firehouse is the next big project, and that's moving along," Oestmann said. "We're not over budget and we still have money to go.
"We're just now beginning the renovation of the lower level," he said, which should be done by January. "Then the two items after that are the elevator ... and then finally renovate the upper level. We don't have an approved upper floor plan yet," the reinforcement of the floor in the garage has been completed.
"We did discover a lot of stone under the floor and some problems with the drainage pipes," he said, but the weight capability of the floor has now been doubled.
"What we're doing now is giving them an area that's a little cleaner to eat at," he said, along with adding two bathrooms.
"We really cleaned this building," he said. "We went through everything. We're putting in all mold-resistant wall boards ... We're looking at all environmental stuff ... We have a lot of good stuff down there to prevent any hazards from coming back."
On another matter, Pastore said the town was ready for winter and any future storms.
"We've been lucky this year," he said. "We've had no storms or hurricanes ... If there's a normal year, this is it.
"We have a full storage shed of salt, so we're as prepared as we can be," he said. "We'll just have to see what winter brings us."
Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.