by Lisa Tome
The key to Port Deposit's revitalization went out to bid recently.
The bids, for the plumbing and electrical work on the Tome Gas House, will be opened on November 20.
Town of Port Deposit finance manager Ted Sookiasian explained that this bid process was different.
In addition to the usual requests for bids in newspapers, the town also used the state's emaryland marketplace website. "We're under time constraints. The funds have to be expended quickly. We want to expedite the process and reach a larger number of potential bidders," said Sookiasian.
A pre-bid meeting was also set for October 27, for the purpose of answering questions from bid prospects.
The Tome Gas House is expected to be a key to attracting people to the river town. The Maryland Map Turtle Refuge will be housed in the gas house. The facility will feature exhibit space, a research area, and handicapped accessible bathrooms. It will serve as an educational and recreational center.
The Tome Gas House, coupled with the town's Sustainable Community designation for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), means the town will be eligible to apply for resources through DHCD to revitalize and attract growth and development.
In other business from Port Deposit: A new business, Port Vape and Brew is preparing to open for business in the former Hidden Bean location at 8 South Main Street. The business is awaiting health department approvals.