Harpswell plowing provider gets new contract

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HARPSWELL — The Board of Selectmen awarded two contracts July 12: one for winter road management and the other for work on the Pott’s Point town dock.

After receiving complaints last year about Goodall Landscaping, selectmen put the winter roads contract out to bid on March 29. They received bids from three companies but, ultimately chose to go with Goodall again this year.

Road Commissioner Ron Ponziani said that he felt comfortable awarding the contract because last year’s issues have been resolved.

“The contract goes to the next year only on satisfactory performance,” Deputy Town Administrator Terri Sawyer said. “It’s estimated to be a three-year contract, but that’s only with satisfactory performance.”

Goodall’s bid came in at $312,000 for the first year of service, $321,000 for the second year and $331,000 for the final year. R.A. Webber & Sons  and Ray Labbe & Sons also submitted bids, but Goodall’s was the lowest.

Harbormaster Jim Hays recommended that the board award a contract for float work on the Pott’s Point dock, 515 Basin Point Road, to Norm Wallace.

His recommendation was unanimously approved and Wallace will complete work on a 40-foot extension to the existing dock system in the form of one 8-by-24-foot float and another 8-by-16-foot float.

Hays said that some additional work will need to be done on the existing structure so it accepts the new floats. The total cost of the work will be $12,350.

Former Selectman Mark Wallace asked the board where the money for the project was coming from, saying that those who use the dock often, not all taxpayers, should pay for it.

Sawyer said that dock users had already donated $5,200 toward the project. Wallace suggested that a $25 parking fee should be collected to go toward the maintenance of the dock.

A management program for the Pott’s Point property is currently being worked on and Town Administrator Kristi Eiane said that some sort of fee structure could likely be worked into the plan to pay for maintenance.

The next board meeting will be held at Town Hall on July 26 at 6 p.m.

Amber Cronin can be reached at [email protected] or 781-3661 ext. 125. Follow her on Twitter: @croninamber.