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Restoring Block Island North

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Postby Grover1 » Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:41 am


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Postby ericlighthouse » Thu Feb 21, 2008 9:59 am


Bids coming in lower. What a happy surprise.
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Postby Grover1 » Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:46 pm


From The Block Island Times ...

North Light Renovation Gets Green Light

By Peter Voskamp • Monday, March 31, 2008 1:17 PM EDT

If all goes according to plan, Block Island’s North Light will be relit September 15 — exactly 140 years after it first sent a beam out to sea from Sandy Point. This will be possible after the many voters who crammed into Town Hall Tuesday night agreed unanimously at a special Financial Town Meeting to allow the town to take $100,000 from reserves to supplement a $430,000 grant in order to move forward on the lighthouse’s tower renovation.

Chair of the North Light Commission, Rob Gilpin — who has worked tirelessly with Gil Plumb and others from the commission for the last 15 years to keep the cause of the island’s oldest lighthouse lit — provided a PowerPoint information session before the vote. He showed in detail the deteriorated condition of the building’s various metal parts, and explained that a previous Town Council had agreed to designate the lighthouse a “private aid to navigation” — which allows for its refurbished lens to be returned to the tower and relit.

Though the commission expected the cost of the project to be upward of $700,000, the lowest qualified bid came in at $479,000, from Campbell Construction Group of Beverly, Mass., an experienced lighthouse restorer. The $100,000 was sought to provide for a contingency fund on the project.

Gilpin said that if the weather holds, the tower could be removed and replaced in time for a September reopening, though they will not compromise either “safety or quality.”

After the unanimous vote, the crowd erupted in applause.
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