Contract awarded for Bait House renovation

MOUNT DESERT — The contract for renovating the town-owned Bait House on Dodge Point Road in Seal Harbor has been awarded to H.E. Callahan Construction of Auburn for $232,532.

The Board of Selectmen approved the award last Monday. The board also approved a contingency fund for the project in the amount of $10,972 and

authorized paying Hedefine Engineering & Design of Ellsworth $11,000 to administer the construction contract and inspect the work.

The 22-by-30-foot Bait House, which rests on wooden pilings, was donated to the town by an adjacent property owner in the 1950s for use by local lobstermen. The town leases the Bait House to the Seal Harbor Fishermen’s Association for $1 a year.

Only one lobsterman currently uses the Bait House.

“I expect with the notoriety the project has received, others may step forward,” Public Works Director Tony Smith told the Islander. “I have had a local fisherman

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