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8 Arch Bridge Committee Met July 18, 2017

by Paul Saulnier
July 22, 2017

Finalizing the design and setting the schedule were the topics of the meeting.

Town Administrator, Jeff Ritter, above, prepared the legal documents required to advertise the project. With the understanding that the plans and specifications will be complete by July 30th, the committee will review them with the Selectmen on August 7th and finalize the plans on August 8th in open meeting. Ritter and the committee agreed to advertise the project on August 9, 2017 with a required response date of September 22, 2017

Ken Szajda, chair of the Finance Committee, attended the meeting to voice his concern over a proposed cost-cutting design submitted by one of the members as reported last week in HollistonReporter.com (http://hollistonreporter.com/article/13202/eight-arch-bridge-commitee-met.html). "Don't cheap out", Szajda said. He told the committee that in his experience on the Finance Committee, projects that cut corners come back to haunt the town. "Why did you do that when you had the funds to do it right?" he has been asked five years later when the costs to repair something not repaired originally is now five to ten times more expensive. Gill Engineering reviewed the proposal and also rejected it. The committee voted unanimously to stay with the consultant's design.

The design of the fence remains an issue with the committee as discussions continued around what code applies to protect cyclists and what design is most appropriate to the bridge.

Committee chairman, Jay Robinson, above, drafted the committee's decisions and e-mailed them to Gill Engineering. The committee will meet again next Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 7:00 PM in room 105 at Town Hall.

 

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