Town rejects guardrail bids
by Margo Avakian
Sep 19, 2013 | 2227 views | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HALIFAX- Once again, Halifax has received only one bid for a substantial job; once again, the proposed cost is high, leading the selectboard to reject the bid. The job this time is replacement of the guardrails along two bridges on Green River and Branch roads. Daniels Construction bid $39,625 and $105,375, respectively, for the two sites. Reading the details of the Green River Road bid, vice chair Lewis Sumner noted that some non-required items were included. Commenting (via speaker phone) on the bids, board chair Edee Edwards asked if the vendor had read the town’s request carefully.

“Well,” responded Earl Holtz, “they sure didn’t follow the instructions from AOT.”

The board, per Holtz’s suggestion, will ask highway supervisor Bradley Rafus to consult with state transportation official John Alexander in hopes of some “guidance” on getting better responses to its bid requests.

The board had hoped to discuss selling an old truck, but deferred the matter until there is a definite date for delivery of the town’s new truck. The new truck is getting its body put on in Maine.

Two vacant town offices were filled when the board voted to appoint Margaret Stoltzman to the planning commission/zoning board and Ross Barnet to the post of tree warden. In other planning-related action, the board voted to approve a resolution to apply to the state for a municipal planning grant. The board has received the draft town plan and will begin reviewing it in preparation for its own public hearing.

Christina Moore, of Storm Petrel, reported that she has submitted approximately $200,000 in “progress bills” to the state. There may still be a minor billing issue to be resolved with SVE, Moore said, but she does not expect it to be a problem. Moore told the board that she received some state-suggested changes to the town’s letter appealing FEMA’s partial denial for the Deer Park Road bridge. The board gave permission for Moore to make the changes and will expedite signing of the revised copy. Moore noted that Halifax’s appeal is now “the flagship appeal for the state.” The board also voted to sign a compliance statement for the Irene project records.

Constable Leonard Derby told the board he is concerned by poor visibility at the intersection of Branch Road and Route 112. Derby said that drivers of smaller cars entering from Branch Road cannot see vehicles traveling north on Route 112. Edwards told Derby that an official from the state, which has authority for that spot, has examined the intersection and is considering possible solutions.
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