By the time the Seymour Apple Festival arrives on the second weekend in September, new bathrooms will be built and ready to use at city-owned property on the east side of the Seymour square.
In a bid awarded earlier this month by the Seymour Board of Aldermen, Applied Environmental Consulting, a company owned by Seymour’s Brian Fletcher, will build men’s and women’s bathroom facilities on a vacant concrete pad located between Seymour Chiropractic and the Seymour Walgreens.
Work begins this week.
More than a year ago, the city of Seymour purchased the property where the bathrooms will be built for $7,000, then paid for the building formerly located there to be razed, with the surrounding side walls stuccoed.
That project was completed last fall.
Last month, the Seymour Board of Aldermen offi cially solicited bids for bathrooms to be built on the site.
Fletcher had the winning bid.
His bid is for $28,088.92, which includes partitions for both the men’s and women’s bathrooms.
The bathrooms will include a concrete floor 6 inches thick, concrete block walls, a galvanized steel roof with a standing seam and 678 square feet of space.
The men’s bathroom will have three urinals and one toilet, while the women’s bathroom will include four toilets.
Both bathrooms will have faucets and sinks with a single bowl in each.
Steel doors will be at the entry of each bathroom.
Bathrooms will be built on the north side of the site and will be accessible for patrons who are handicapped.
When the bid was awarded, Fletcher, who was present at the June 13 city meeting, said he would have the bathrooms completed by the Seymour Apple Festival.
“They will be ready to go, probably well before then,” he noted.
Assistant Administrator Hillary Gintz said Fletcher came to Seymour City Hallon Monday and signed the contract for the bathroom project.
She noted that Fletcher’s bid includes a two-year personal guaranty of all facets of his workmanship.
Once completed, the bathrooms will be open to the general public.
“It’s a need the community has in its downtown,” Gintz said. “When there are events on the city square, it will be very nice for public bathrooms to be available.”
Fletcher and his company are known to many in the community for the renovation of the historic Owen Theatre on the south side of the city square.
That restoration project of nearly $200,000 was entirely completed by Applied Enviromental Consulting.