Livermore board accepts mowing bid

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LIVERMORE — The Board of Selectpersons voted Monday to accept an offer from Richard Crocker to mow roadsides for $60 an hour.

Road Foreman Roger Ferland said he spoke with Crocker after no bids were received for the work.

“He gave a price of $60 per hour,” Ferland said. 

Last year, Crocker was paid $55 per hour for roadside mowing and his sickle-bar mower was damaged repeatedly due to rocks and had to be replaced. 

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“We need to get (the mowing) done,” Board of Selectpersons Chairman Peter Castonguay said. “

The board voted to accept Crocker’s offer.

Two bids were received for a new propane furnace.

Maurais and Son Inc. of Jay provided two options: installing a 30-foot ceiling-hung infrared heater with 100,000 BTUs for $4,823.91; and installing a 40-foot infrared heater with 150,000 BTUs for $5,023.91. Also included in the bid was a Rinnai heater for the break room for $1,525.78.

Murray Oil and Propane of Turner submitted a bid for a Modine sealed combustion model that provides 125,000 BTUs per hour, a propane heater, a digital nonprogrammable thermostat and a Modine vent kit for $3,953.  

Administrative Assistant Carrie Castonguay said if the larger unit from Maurais was chosen, there would be one tube on each side of the garage.

“This would eliminate the box hanging over the second bay and another vehicle could be put in that bay,” she said.

Peter Castonguay said it appeared that installation costs were not included in the Murray Oil bid.

Selectperson Mark Chretien said the 150,000 BTUs unit might be able to blow heat farther and not have to work as hard as the smaller unit. He suggested researching fuel costs for the two types heaters.

“The cheapest price may be more costly in the long run,” he said.

Ferland said he heard the Modine heater was very noisy.

“The decibel level may be too loud,” he said.

The board voted to table a decision pending additional information from Chretien and Selectperson Tom Gould.

No bids were received for winter sand or a radon mitigation system.

pharnden@sunmediagroup.net

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