Dam engineering bids in

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CANTON — The Lake Anasagunticook Dam Core Committee met Monday night to begin reviewing bids from three engineering firms to build a dam on Whitney Brook.

Chairman Malcolm Ray said Wright Pierce of Topsham, Kleinschmidt Associates of Pittsfield and GEI Consultants of Falmouth submitted proposals. He assigned members the duty of rating the firms, which is required by Androscoggin Valley Counsel on Government in the grant process . The rating will be based on price, qualifications and understanding of the project, among other criteria.

 Ray requested that the ratings be done in time for Thursday’s selectmen’s meeting when the board will hopefully make a decision.

 The town received only one bid for the administrative position; it was from AVCOG.

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 Lake resident Joe Cloonan asked Ray about the role of the engineering firm.

Ray said the firm would do site exploration, survey, design the dam, get permits and prepare a bid package for contractors. He said they also want a firm with a good reputation with the Department of Environmental Protection, with successful projects in Maine, and the ability to work with what is available in the area.

 Ray showed the Planning Achievement Award for the Canton Dam Replacement Project that was presented April 14 at the annual AVCOG dinner and reception. The award was given in recognition of efforts which serve as a model for public involvement and corporation.

Ray said he plans to start this weekend putting in logs in the three long spans of the temporary dam and add the short spans over the next few weeks.

He said the target date to have the lake at the normal level is mid-May.

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