Paving contract awarded; town office to be closed June 14

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LIVERMORE FALLS — Selectmen voted Monday to award the paving contract to Rampart Bituminous of southern Maine for $117,150 for hot mix asphalt.

The company was one of three bidders.

The other bidders were Bruce Manzer, $118, 275, and Pike Industries, $127,500.

Manzer also offered a bid of $116,025 for a warm mix asphalt.

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There is $1,125 difference between Rampart’s hot mix and Manzer’s warm mix, Town Manager Kristal Flagg said.

Public Works foreman Bill Nichols told her that warm mix has only been around a couple of years and he did not know how it compared to regular hot top.

He didn’t believe there was enough of a savings between the two to try the warm mix, Flagg said.

In other business, selectmen approved closing the town office Tuesday, June 14, for voting on municipal and school budgets.

This will be Flagg’s last election, who is also the town clerk/treasurer, she said. She will become full-time town manager on July 1.

Flagg said she would like sewer clerk Sue Sapiel, who is expected to take over Flagg’s duties as town clerk/treasurer, to be able to watch the voting process.

Bill Demaray, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said that it was OK to close the office to regular business. Flagg said staff could attend to emergency business if necessary.

The board also rescheduled its next meeting to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, to avoid a conflict with the RSU 73 districtwide budget meeting and vote at 6 p.m. Monday, June 6, at the Livermore Falls High School cafeteria. The warrant articles will be open and will allow voters to propose changes to the amounts recommended. The validation vote on the school budget is set for Tuesday, June 14.

Selectmen also voted to reimburse Rondell Deering of Jay $100 for sewer repairs. He had a plugged sewer at 34 Bemis St. on a weekend and called a plumber, Flagg said.

He didn’t know he could call the Livermore Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant, she said. The answering machine there gives a number to call in case of an emergency.

Instead, he called a plumber who unplugged the sewer line that was later determined to be on the town’s end, she said. It cost him $300. He is asking for some reimbursement, she said.

Flagg said Sewer Department Superintendent Kent Mitchell told her it would cost about $100 if the department had to do a call-out for the repair.

“I just have a problem with having people come in to make repairs and then come to us for reimbursement,” Demaray said.

Normally, a plumber calls the town to check to find out which end the plug is on, she said.

“I think whoever went there didn’t realize the plug was on our end,” Flagg said.

Flagg has also hired a part-time person, Gary Dorr of Wilton, who has been on the town payroll for seven years, to be the town and library custodian. The job is 25 hours a week. Dorr plows town routes during the winter and has a Class A driver’s license, Flagg said. He will be paid $12 an hour and that cost will be shared with the Treat Memorial Library.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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