FARMINGTON — Selectmen have agreed to send out requests to assessing firms for costs and levels of service.

The board did some tweaking on a proposal for requests Tuesday night, and if there are no more changes, Town Manager Richard Davis said Wednesday he will send it out.

Town assessor Mark Caldwell is retiring Dec. 31.

The board has the option to continue to employ a staff assessor or contract with an assessing firm to do the work, he said.

The overall assessing budget is $126,000.

The proposal would allow the board to do a comparison to see what the town would get for services with either option.

The town has approximately 7,760 residents and 3,628 parcels with a taxable value of $461.96 million and approximately 500 personal-property accounts with a taxable value of $25.4 million.

In other business, selectmen voted to have Lake’s Electrical Service of Wilton wire the generator for the Public Works Garage. The generator would run the building if the power goes out.

Lake’s bid was for $8,150, Davis said.

Initially, the board was ready to award the work to IEC Inc., but after the proposal was sent to the state, it was determined there was a new requirement that needed to be met, he said.

Without revealing what IEC would charge for the extra work, Davis said, Lake’s was asked what the charge would be. It turned out that Lake’s bid was $350 less than IEC’s bid of $8,500, Davis said.

In another matter, Davis said he updated the board on a sinkhole that developed on Front Street near the Front Street Exchange building because of recent rains.

The town crew backfilled the hole with gravel until officials can determine what caused it, he said. The area is slated for a final paving this year.

The board also discussed keeping the banner poles at the corner of Farmington Falls Road/Route 2 and High Street in the same area, but closer to town.

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