News Feature

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, December 15, 2011
Bids to be opened on Phase 2 of Walker Pond access road

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by Jonathan Thomas

Sedgwick and Brooksville selectmen will open bids for Phase 2 of the Walker Pond access road at the Sedgwick town office at 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 22.

At their regular monthly meeting on December 14 in Brooksville, the two boards decided that if two conditions are met, they will award the contract at 5:30 p.m. that same afternoon. The work includes widening the recently built 10-foot access road to its full 22-foot width (including shoulders), and other site work.

Board members said they need the Maine Department of Conservation to confirm its previous promise that it will accept the full value of the town funds already spent as the match for the state’s $250,000 recently awarded grant. If not, the towns might have to raise more money to complete the project.

Also, the towns’ engineer, Andrew McCullough, who will attend the bid opening, would need to determine that the winning low bid meets specifications.

Sedgwick First Selectman Neil Davis told the committee on December 14 that he had attended a pre-bid site inspection the previous day. Tom Linscott, assistant to the Department of Conservation’s George Powell, led the inspection. It was also attended by representatives of 13 contractors who may bid.

If bids are awarded, much of the work could be done over the winter months, weather permitting. However, the final work on the boat ramp approach and the placement of a culvert bridge could not be done until after July 15, 2012, for environmental reasons. Contract terms call for the work to be done by August 15.