DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Unlike previous years, when the Piscataquis County commissioners were lucky to get one bid for plowing in the Unorganized Territory, three bids were recently submitted for Orneville and Willamsburg townships.
One of the bids was from William London of the Milo area, who held the last contract that expired earlier this year.
London had offered to renew his contracts at $6,200 per mile for a three-year period, and the commissioners supported that extension by signing the contracts on July 6. However, when London discovered that a fuel and calcium escalation clause had been removed from the new contracts, he withdrew his offer and urged the commissioners to solicit bids for the work.
County Manager Marilyn Tourtelotte said the commissioners had removed the escalation clause from all of the county contracts. The commissioners did offer to add a clause in the contract that would allow London the opportunity to request assistance if the fuel and calcium prices increased, as they did several years ago. London declined to sign the contracts without the original clause, so new bids were solicited, she said.
The bids submitted for Orneville were: Gordon Construction of Sangerville, $144,318 a year; Dale Earl of Northfield, who has relatives in the Sangerville area, $112,406 per year; and London, $116,938.50 per year.
The Williamsburg Township bids for a three-year period were: Gordon Construction, $160,257; Robert Waitt of Sebec, $129,198.50; and London, $133,708.50.
The commissioners plan to award the contracts at their Aug. 24 meeting after Tourtelotte and the county road consultant ensure the contractors are in compliance with state standards on salt and sand storage.