LIVERMORE FALLS – Selectmen agreed to accept two bids from Freightliner for two trucks to be used for plowing and other duties for the Highway Department, Town Manager Jim Chaousis said Wednesday.

The bids were $74,481 for a 4-by-4 truck and $85,270 for a 4-by-6 wheeler truck, Chaousis said.

Voters at the June 9 town meeting approved raising and appropriating money for the trucks, which were expected to cost about $260,000, without factoring in resale of three older trucks.

Selectmen tabled action Monday on equipment for the trucks, including plows and sanders to make sure that the bids meet the parameters of the town’s specifications, he said.

Though several requests for proposals were sent out, he said, not as many came back.

Besides the Freightliner bid, there was a bid from International for $68,955 on the 4-by-4 truck. Although it was lower, Chaousis said, it is for a smaller truck than was requested in the bid.

The Freightliner is a better deal due to more horsepower, he said. The International had a 230 horsepower model and the Freightliner a 300 horsepower model.

The other bids for the wheeler truck were $94,375 for an International and $88,719 for a Volvo.

Selectmen also accepted paving bids from Bruce A. Manzer Inc. of North Anson from among five bidders, Chaousis said. Manzer’s bids totaled $109,244.80 for anticipated work with other bidders ranging from $125,055.11 to $137,511.90.

Chaousis said the timing of bid requests paid off with major cost savings to the town.

In other business, the board also appointed Mellette Peppin to the Planning Board.

Selectmen also agreed to close the town office Tuesday, June 30, to close the books for the end of the fiscal year. It will also be closed Friday, July 3 for the July 4 holiday.


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