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Bids for the 8 Arch Bridge Work Discussed

by Paul Saulnier
September 27, 2017

September 26, 2017. Members of the 8 Arch Bridge Committee met in room 014 of Town Hall to review the bids opened last Friday at noon in Town Hall.

There were seven bids received with quotes from a low of $644,000 to a high of $1,013,000. The town's estimate of the cost to do the work was $513,000.  NEL Corporation of Middleton, Mass was the apparent low bidder. Because the low bid exceeded the town's estimate, Gill Engineering, the firm that designed the work and provided the town's estimate, reviewed the bids in detail and concluded that NEL's bid was valid. Based on Gill's conclusion, the committee voted unanimously to award the contract to NEL Construction, subject to securing additional funding to cover the $131,000 deficiency. The committee also would like a 10% construction contingency to cover unforeseen problems encountered during construction (standard policy on a repair project of this kind).

Jay Robinson, chair of the 8 Arch Bridge Committee, and Paul Saulnier then met with the Finance Committee to inform them of the bid results and the vote of Robinson's committee. The Finance Committee agreed that the additional funds totaling $200,000 should be added to the current funding to allow the work to proceed. Robinson announced that he will be meeting with the CPC Committee on Thursday night to request the additional funds from the CPC account, the source of the original funding for the project. A final decision has to be made by October 11, the public hearing of the CPC proposal for spending at the October 30th Fall Town Meeting. Robinson agreed to keep the Finance Committee informed.

 

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Debra, Thanks for the feedback. I will be presenting an update to the Selectmen next Monday night. We discussed this very point and other options in our meeting last Tuesday. I'll be at the CPC meeting tonight as I owe the CPC an update on the situation. I can discuss with you after I speak with the CPC and that is an open meeting. We are taking funds from the CPC. On Monday (at the BOS meeting) I'll be detailing out how we got here...what we've done since the bids came in, options and recommended course of action. I'm willing to speak to you (Citizen to Citizen) at Town Hall Monday night. Everyone on the committee are volunteers and tax payers....so we share your concerns. -Jay Robinson

- Jay Robinson | 9/28/17 3:26 PM

The lowest bid was 20+% higher than the designers estimate and people are accepting of this? What about going back to the engineering firm and asking them to look at modifying their plans given they exceeded budget expectations (which they provided) by 130k? If this was your home renovation, wouldn't you go back to your designer and ask them to make changes based on your contractors estimate for the work? I support fixing this bridge but with many demands on our town budget I'd like to understand the trade offs of what won't get done if the money goes here instead.

- Debra frey | 9/28/17 8:22 AM

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