LIVERMORE — Selectpersons on Tuesday awarded a three-year mowing contract to Robert Martin of Livermore Falls and a trash-hauling contract to Pine Tree Waste of Lewiston.

A decision on the mowing bids was tabled this month because the advertisement requested bidders include the annual price per year for three years, an equipment list, proof of insurance and commercial references. The bid package did not mention references and said proof of insurance could be provided if the bid was accepted.

No bidder supplied all the information requested in the ad, and the board gave the bidders additional time to do so.

Martin’s bid was $7,000 per year for a total of $21,000. His packet was complete and the references he listed were excellent, Administrative Assistant Amy Byron said.

Mike Webber of Mike’s Lawn Care & Plowing of Livermore Falls bid $5,800 for 2018; $6,000 for 2019 and $6,200 for 2020 for a total of $18,000. Two of the  references he listed did not respond to calls, Byron said.

“I made several calls and neither called back,” she said.

Dylan Webster of D & D Lawn Care of Livermore Falls bid $7,200 for each of the three years for a total of $21,600.

Pine Tree Waste, a subsidiary of Casella Waste Management in Rutland, Vt., got the contract because it was the only bidder using 40-cubic yard roll-off containers and offering a flat $40 per ton for hauling unsorted recyclables. The contract includes hauling solid waste, hauling and disposing of demolition debris, unsorted recyclables and clean wood.

 Other offers for service were:

• Archie’s of Mexico, which uses 30-yard roll-off containers, would have cost the town an estimated $27,262, if solid waste was hauled to Lewiston, and $29,992 if the waste was hauled to Portland. 

• Almighty Waste of Auburn, which also uses 30-yard roll-off containers, would have cost the town an estimated $23,929.

Transfer station attendant Juanita Bryant used last year’s records to estimate the amount of each refuse type that would be hauled.

She said the smaller containers would mean more trips and increase the cost.

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