Lincoln awards garage bid to Hudson contractor

Posted May 13, 2011, at 7:13 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — A Hudson-based contractor will sign a contract sometime early next week to build the town a new Public Works Department garage by November, officials said Friday.

At $880,498, Nichols Construction LLC of Hudson was the lowest bidder among seven area contractors to seek the opportunity to build the 8,025-square-foot building that will have three bays, which could hold six vehicles, and six rooms, including an office, a lunchroom, two bathrooms, and storage and building utilities areas.

“They have 180 days to finish the job once the contract is signed,” Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said.

The Town Council voted 6-0 to award Nichols the contract. Councilor Shaun Drinkwater was absent. A major attraction to Nichols’ bid was the company’s pledge to hire three local subcontractors for various aspects of the work, Goodwin said.

E.H. Graham & Son Inc. of Lincoln will receive $55,750; Lincoln Plumbing and Heating Inc. will get $44,577; and Larry Ham Construction Co. will be paid $64,686 for various tasks, according to the bid Nichols submitted.

Officials at Nichols did not return telephone messages left Friday.

Residents voted 178-172 in a special referendum on March 1 to allocate $1.15 million to fund the construction of a new garage on Park Avenue. It was the second referendum on the subject.

Town leaders have acknowledged for years that a new garage is necessary because the current facility on Park Avenue has many structural flaws, some of which compromise worker safety, but several previous efforts to start the process that would lead to the construction of a new garage had failed.

Nichols’ bid award came from the project’s second bid process. The company outbid Blaine Casey Building Contractor Inc. of South China; Benchmark Construction of Westbrook; Davis Brothers Inc. of Chester; E.W. Littlefield Inc. & Sons of Hartland, and J.M. Brown General Contractor Inc. of Hampden, according to bid documents.

The lowest bid in the first bidding contest was $1.04 million.

The garage’s design had been reduced several times in response to residents’ complaints that its original projected cost, $2.4 million, was too high.

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