Queen Lake project bidder protests rejection

  • Queen Lake in Phillipston. —File/Andy Castillo

Staff Reporter
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

PHILLIPSTON — The low bidder for the Queen Lake project is protesting the selectmen’s decision to reject his proposal. A hearing will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the Attorney General’s office to hear the complaint. The town’s attorney, Thomas McEnaney, has filed a response.

Administrative Assistant Kevin Flynn said that while Kennefick Builders’ proposal was the lowest at $268,150, it was rejected because the document was not properly filled out, and they don’t have the minimum qualifications.

McEnaney and engineer David Lenart will attend the meeting. Decisions are usually made within 48 hours of the hearing.

Eleven bids were returned for the project. The second lowest bidder was R. Bates & Sons at $270,540, and third lowest bidder was Edward Page at $319,069.

The town set aside $350,000 for the project to demolish the dam’s existing spillway and outlet conduit and construct a new concrete spillway and gate structure, outlet gates, trash racks, low level outlet pipe, rip rap slope protection, gravel crest and landscaping.

The work will begin after Labor Day, once lake activities slow and the water can be drawn down. It is expected that the work will be completed in December.

Town Hall secretary

The decision of who to hire for the position of Town Hall secretary will be left up to the administrative assistant, selectmen said this week. Flynn reported four people applied for the position, but two have withdrawn their applications. The two remaining applicants, he said, are both local people and “well over-qualified.”

It was noted that when the selectmen hired Flynn, they indicated that Flynn would have the responsibility of hiring the secretary.

“We said, ‘you choose’ because they’ll be working for you,” said Terry Dymek. Clerk John Telepciak concurred, saying, “That’s how it was set up.”

Flynn will meet with both candidates and report back to the board with his decision.

Senior Tax Work-Off program

As both qualify, the selectmen approved requests from Sue Larabee and Chuck Kolbenson to participate in the Senior Tax Work-Off program.

Police training program

A request from the police department to use the Phillipston Elementary School gymnasium for active shooter training on March 11 was granted, provided the school department agrees. This kind of training has been conducted in the past. 

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