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Wolf Hill Road Bridge bids opened

Low bid totals $315k to replace Irene damaged bridge, project FEMA and state funded

Dave Hansen, a consultant hired by the town, opens a bid for the Wolf Hill Road Bridge replacement project on Thursday, June 27, as Town Clerk Diane Deschenes waits to record the bid information.

Dave Hansen, a consultant hired by the town, opens a bid for the Wolf Hill Road Bridge replacement project on Thursday, June 27, as Town Clerk Diane Deschenes waits to record the bid information. Photo by John Purcell.

— All of the work within the stream must be “substantially complete” by Sept. 15 and the remaining work outside of the stream will be completed by Oct. 25, according to the bid requirements.

The Town Board is expected to award the project at its next meeting on Wednesday, July 10. The recommendation from town-hired consultant Dave Hansen, of Stantec Consulting Services, wasn’t completed before The Spotlight went to press. The recommendation to the Town Board is expected during first week of July.

Miller plans to subcontract a portion of the project, but didn’t identify any proposed subcontracts as required by the form. The second bidder, Maloy, also identified subcontractors would be used with the project, but similar to Miller wrote, “To be determined.”

If a bidder was proposing to subcontract any part of the project, the bid form required bidders to indentify any subcontractors. Any work assigned to each contract also must be stated.

Hansen said he is still reviewing both bids and would determine if there is a problem with not listing subcontractors.

“I haven’t made the official recommendation yet, so I have to still run through those documents,” Hansen said Friday, June 28. “I’ll have to certainly look into that and call them and find out.”

Hansen said oftentimes, bidders will not list the subcontractors, or will list several different ones for the same work. He said subcontractors often get hired for work they didn’t know of before the bid was submitted.

“It is not a major issue, typically. It is more just for the control of the quality of work,” Hansen said. “If it is an issue we will tell them that they didn’t list anybody and they are not allowed.”

If both bids were invalidated the town would have to rebid the project.

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