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Parishville accepts $48,000 bid for town barn cleanup

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PARISHVILLE - Demolition of the town’s former highway department barn, located on state Route 72, will come with a $48,000 price tag after town officials accepted a bid this week for the work.

The town board accepted the low bid submitted by Independent Commercial Contractors, Inc., Lorraine. The payment includes a $20,000 base bid for the removal of friable asbestos and $28,000 for the demolition and disposal of the building.

Seven contractors bid on the project. Town engineer John Carr said the bids ranged from $48,000 to $169,000.

“We had a pre-bid conference on March 6. ... A couple of the contractors requested to visit the site so we toured them on March 18,” Mr. Carr said. “Seven bids were submitted with the lowest being from Independent Commercial Contractors in Lorraine. We had communicated with them and sent them questionnaires, as well as the other two low bidders.”

In late February, town officials opted to condemn the structure and put the demolition out to bid after discussion with Mr. Carr. The engineer works for Blue Mountain Engineering, Bangor.

Mr. Carr noted that the board would have until May 2 to award the contract but saw no red flags with the low bidder.

“Everything that we found out about (Independent Commercial Contractors) - because we haven’t worked with them before - we checked them out pretty thoroughly and everybody’s pretty happy,” he said.

“I’ve gone back through their bid a couple of times and questioned them a little more thoroughly (Monday) regarding some of the details of how they would go about it and they satisfied me. All of the answers that they provided were appropriate answers,” Mr. Carr told town board members this week.

“Certainly you could reject their bid if you wish to, but you’d probably have to have a good reason to do that.”

Mr. Carr said that they require the work to be completed within 60 days, but the Lorraine-based contractors said they could likely finish the work in less than 30.

Town Supervisor Rodney G. Votra said that given the wide price range with the bids, the town would be making out well in accepting Mr. Carr’s recommendation.

“(The bids) ranged anywhere from the lowest bid that we received of $48,000 up to $169,000. We had seven bidders on it, so if we can get this (group) to come in and do it for that price, I think the town of Parishville will make out quite well with this site cleanup,” he said.

While the payment to Independent Commercial Contractors, Inc,. will total a shade under $50,000, Mr. Carr added that since the town owns the building they will be required to provide an independent air monitor for the work.

“We requested proposals from about eight firms for doing that work. Four firms submitted proposals and the four firms were Atlantic Testing in Canton, Adirondack Operations in Colton, one in Watertown and one in Potsdam,” he said. “The estimated cost from Atlantic Testing in Canton was a little less than $7,000, the Adirondack Operations estimation was about $9,300, Watertown estimated $8,700 and Potsdam said a little less than $12,000.”

Mr. Votra made a motion to use Atlantic Testing for the work, which garnered unanimous support from the board.

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