Wharf project in Greenville draws 2 bids

Posted Sept. 12, 2008, at 11:24 p.m.

GREENVILLE, Maine — Of the 15 construction firms that expressed interest in bidding on the Junction Wharf rehabilitation project, only two submitted bids and both were over budget.

The two bids, both for more than $1 million, were opened Friday afternoon by Greenville Town Manager John Simko and project engineer Al Hodsdon of Waterville.

Chesterfield Associates of Westport submitted a base bid of $1,917,059 with additives of $66,715. Wyman and Simpson of Richmond submitted the lowest bid of $1,499,159 with additives of $54,575.

The town has about $825,000 to rehabilitate the rotting wharf. The project includes installation of steel pilings on the north side of the wharf and all wood-plastic composites on the south side, as well as amenities such as a paved asphalt walkway around the perimeter to help control erosion.

“Engineer Al Hodsdon and I will meet with the low bidder on Wednesday to see what could be changed in the scope of the work to make this project fit our budget,” Simko said by e-mail Friday.

Simko said a recommendation would be presented to selectmen at their Sept. 17 meeting.

The town reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids, and also to negotiate with the apparent low bidder of the project, Simko said.

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