GREENVILLE, Maine — Selectmen expect to sign a contract within a week for the Junction Wharf renovation project after a successful meeting was held Tuesday to hammer out the details of the work to fit the project’s budget.
Greenville Town Manager John Simko said the plan now is to have about 75 percent to 80 percent of the retaining wall made of steel with the next largest portion to be slate riprap. The proposal also calls for the use of a pre-cast retaining wall on a portion of the Wiggins Stream side of the wharf.
The fact that the scope of the project has changed somewhat has prompted a couple of contractors to ask the town for a chance to bid on the project, Simko said Wednesday.
When bids were first solicited for the project, only two contractors submitted bids. The board accepted the lowest bid, submitted by Wyman and Simpson of Richmond, of $1,499,159 with additives of $54,575 for the wharf project. Negotiations have been held with the company to reduce the price. The board has every intention to continue with the firm and expects to make formal the acceptance soon, according to Simko.
Simko said it is the board’s understanding that it has the right to negotiate with the low bidder and that if the town and contractor exhaust their efforts during the negotiations, the board can negotiate with the contractor that submitted the next-lowest bid.
“At this point, we feel confident that the process we’re using is the proper one,” Simko said Wednesday. Since Community Development Block Grant funds and a Municipal Investment Trust Fund were awarded for the project, Simko said he will speak to Department of Economic and Community Development officials to get their take as well.
Also at the special board meeting Tuesday, selectmen held an executive session to discuss a potential occupant for the Business Incubator. No action was taken after the session, but Simko said there is interest from a business and a vote may be taken at a future meeting. “It’s looking good,” he said Wednesday.