Topsham board corrects truck purchase

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TOPSHAM — The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Oct. 25 to purchase a pickup truck from O’Connor GMC, correcting a decision the panel had made a week before.

The board voted Oct. 18 to buy the Public Works Department truck from Goodwin Chevrolet. Goodwin had submitted a bid of nearly $34,800, which had already included the $3,000 value of a truck the town was going to trade in. However, the bid presented to the board by the public works director did not take into account the inclusion of the trade-in, and mistakenly subtracted a further $3,000 to bring the number to nearly $31,800, Chairman Donald Russell said Wednesday.

O’Connor GMC submitted a bid of just over $33,100, including the trade-in value. It was later deemed the low bidder.

Delivery of the vehicle should take about 10 weeks, Russell said.