Cheshire Replacing Waterlines on Crest Drive
iBerkshires.com reports the Board of Selectmen made a recommendation Tuesday night to award the project of upgrading the waterline on Crest Drive. The lowest bid was submitted by Geeleher Enterprises of Southampton.
The town will only be performing the Crest Drive work for now and Geeleher won't necessarily do the other two roads. Work will include an upgrade to 8-inch ductile iron pipe, hydrant and valve replacement, pipe replacement across Route 8, and other associated road work.
There is a slight delay in signing the contract as the town wants to make sure the pipe already on hand is used up use up to get credit from the contractor.
The winning bid came in at $259,751. The highest bid submitted was over $1 million.
The town will be advertising for a new equipment operator/laborer for the Highway Department after Michael Biagini gave his resignation notice to Town Administrator Edmund St. John III. His last day will be Oct. 18.
"I sent a notice of the position that we will use to advertise for your approval that includes a requirement that the person has experience in plowing and a preference for somebody that has mechanical skills as well," said St. John.
In other business, repairs and maintenance to Cheshire School to accommodate its new tenants are ongoing to varying degrees of completion. Bids for replacing and repairing some heating pipes in the west wing came in higher than expected.
The town needs to form an advisory group for any grievances that may arise from the Community Development Block Grant it received in partnership with New Marlborough. St. John is looking for a three to five member group to serve as the first level of engagement should a grievance be filed. He has only received interest from one volunteer.
The town received word from the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission that it has locked in a fixed price for heating oil at $2.3275 per gallon. This is slightly lower than originally estimated.