LIVERMORE — The Board of Selectpersons unanimously voted Monday night to award the contract for designing a sand and salt shed to a Penobscot County firm.

Plymouth Engineering of Plymouth won the $17,200 contract over three other bidders.

CES Inc. of Brewer bid $36,150; Community Dynamics Corp. of Auburn, $15,550; and James W. Sewall of Old Town, $23,900.

Selectperson Tim Kachnovich expressed concern about a Sun Journal article regarding Community Dynamic’s work for the town of Poland. The town received a much higher invoice for work done by John Cleveland, company owner, according to the July 29, 2014, story. 

Board members agreed by consensus that the two bids over $20,000 could not be considered because voters approved spending up to that amount for the building design.

Plymouth Engineering’s bid did not include site visits. However, a company spokesman estimated five visits at $400 each would be needed for the project. The new total for that company’s bid was $19,200.

Selectperson Mark Chretien said he has worked with Plymouth Engineering and, “They get it right.”

Selectperson Tom Gould said, “We can’t go beyond what we had approved. I have concerns with John Cleveland’s recent publicity.”

The board voted to go with Plymouth Engineering even though its bid was $3,650 higher than that of Community Dynamics Corp.

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