FARMINGTON — Selectmen voted Tuesday to buy a sander body, sander equipment and controls, a plow and a wing from the lowest bidder, Town Manager Richard Davis said Wednesday.

The winning bid was from Viking-Cives of Maine in Sidney is $35,883, he said. It was below the town’s estimate of $36,270. The money will come from the Public Works Department equipment reserve account.

Three bids were received.

The board also voted to spend $650 from the Tree Reserve Account to prune trees in the Center Meetinghouse Cemetery behind the Franklin County Courthouse, he said. The account has $1,875 in it.

There are two old maple trees in the cemetery and the town received a quote of $2,600 to take them down. The board opted to prune the trees, which will extend their life for several years, Davis said.

Davis said he also updated the board on the hiring process for the wastewater superintendent. Superintendent Steve Moores plans to retire after more than 40 years with the town. The board voted in April to allow him to work part time under a new superintendent, he said. That will allow him to set up his health insurance and other retirement needs and help the new superintendent.

Interviews for five candidates will begin Thursday, Davis said.

Selectmen also voted to write off $5,034.46 plus interest as noncollectable personal property taxes. The businesses are defunct and no longer in Farmington, he said.

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