Selectmen buy local

TREMONT —Selectmen on Monday awarded the bid for winter road sand to a local contractor despite receiving a lower bid from an Ellsworth firm.

In a 3-1 vote, the board accepted a bid from John Goodwin Jr. of Southwest Harbor. The company’s bid of $8.64 per cubic yard of sand was the second lowest of the four bids received by the town.

R.F. Jordan and Sons had the low bid at $7.82 per cubic yard.

Based on the amount of sand the town expects to order this winter, the decision to go with Goodwin will cost the town an extra $1,722, according to Town Manager Dana Reed.

Selectman Chris Eaton made the motion to award the bid to Goodwin. The company has provided the town with sand for the past three years and always is willing to bring its heavy equipment out to clear roads during a storm when there are problems with the town’s plow trucks, he maintained.

The bids from Harold MacQuinn and Doug Gott and Sons were $11 and $10 per cubic yard, respectively.

Dean Wass cast the opposing vote, pointing out that Doug Gott and Sons, which like Goodwin is in nearby Southwest Harbor, also has helped the town upon occasion.

“I’d just as soon see Jordan get it,” he said.

Selectmen did award a bid to Jordan for paving and repairs to the Lopaus Point Road and at the end of the Steamboat Wharf Road. Jordan’s bid of $106,435 was the only one the town received. The bid is about $12,500 less than estimated by the project engineer, Reed said.

Three applicants were appointed members of the newly formed recall ordinance committee, which is to study the need for such an ordinance and, if warranted, draft one for voters to consider adopting. An ordinance would apply only to members of the Board of Selectmen.

Mel Atherton, whose call for the ordinance earlier this year led to formation of the committee, Mike Ryan and Spencer Ervin were appointed as the first three members of what is to be a seven-member committee.

Chairman Kathi Thurston said she would like to table voting on the committee until there is a pool of at least seven applicants. The other selectmen present disagreed, and the appointments were approved 3-1.

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