Request for bids issued for Monroe mill demolition

  • The green wooden section of the old Ramage Paper mill, directly above the Deerfield River, is to be torn down this spring. RECORDER PHOTO/DIANE BRONCACCIO—

  • The old Ramage mill structure, taken in November. RECORDER FILE PHOTO/DIANE BRONCACCIO

Recorder Staff
Published: 2/14/2017 10:17:49 PM

MONROE — A request for bids have gone out for demolition of the rotting wooden structure of the former Ramage Paper Mill. Prospective bidders are to attend a mandatory pre-bid meeting today, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m., at the Depot Street site.

Because the building is in danger of collapsing into the Deerfield River, possibly polluting it with hazardous waste, the demolition contract will call for the work to start in late March and be completed by June 2.

The bids request was prepared by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, and the bids are due by March 6, at 2 p.m. FRCOG anticipates awarding the contract on March 13, with work to start the following week.

In November, this small town of about 100 residents received a $150,000 grant from the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs for demolition and securing the site. Also the state awarded an additional $370,000 to construct a public park in place of the derelict building.

Other money for the project includes $100,000 from the FRCOG Brownfields Program, to clean up hazardous materials, and a $30,000 grant from TransCanada, which owns dams on the river.

TransCanada schedules water releases from May to October, and several commercial recreational businesses downstream of the building rely on the stream for whitewater rafting and kayaking. Also, thousands go fishing, canoeing and kayaking in the Deerfield River.

The condemned property had to be taken by eminent domain, after the property owner, Jeffrey Phillips of Connecticut, who had not paid taxes since 1999, refused to comply with orders to secure the property.

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