NORWAY — The Board of Selectmen voted 3-0 Thursday to accept a $115,000 bid from MarWin Construction of Falmouth for a fuel dispensing system at the new highway garage on Grove Street.

Voters last month approved spending up to $150,000 for the project.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection ruled that the old system was out of compliance and needed to be replaced. The electricity required to run it was hooked to the old garage, which has been torn down.

Since then, the town has used the CN Brown Co. in Paris for its fuel needs.

Town Manager Dennis Lajoie said MarWin does all of CN Brown’s work.

MarWin can start the project within a couple of weeks, and the town would not need to serve as the general contractor, unlike the two other companies that submitted bids.

“It’s important we get started sooner rather than later and get the electricity turned on,” board Chairman Russell Newcomb said.

MarWin’s bid also includes construction of a retaining wall, which the other bidders did not.

The price of the project could go up if the town is required to remove the 30-year-old old system and underground pipes due to oil leaks and contaminated soil.

Selectmen Sarah Carter, Ryan Lorrain and Newcomb voted to accept MarWin’s offer; Thomas Curtis and Dennise Whitley were absent.

In other business, the town approved hiring consultant Craig Freshley to help establish a town vision and update the comprehensive plan. Freshley will conduct community surveys and hold a pair of two-hour committee meetings and a two-hour public input meeting.

The vision would form the basis for downtown planning and the comprehensive plan. The estimated cost for the service is $16,800.

In another matter, Lajoie said bids for the municipal complex, storage and safe expansion are due Oct. 29. The project will include moving the police station to a new location.

The town and the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce will host Business after Hours at the new highway garage Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m. An open house and tours will be held Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The board accepted a check for $263,564.23 as the first payment from the federal American Rescue Plan Act. A second and final payment in the same amount will come next year. The money must be spent by Dec. 31, 2026.


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