May 24, 2020

Pittsfield opens bids for terminal> One offer may not meet early construction goal

PITTSFIELD — The calendar may be a deciding factor in the selection of a contractor to construct a trucking terminal for Land Air Express in Pittsfield’s Industrial Park.

Bids were opened last week for construction of the building. The project is a municipal development for the town funded by tax increment financing bonds. Land Air Express of Vermont will relocate its Maine terminal to Pittsfield with the early completion of the building.

The apparent low bidder, Peachey Builders of Augusta, at $581,450, may not meet the company’s early-completion request. Second-lowest bidder, L.N. Violette of Fairfield, at $632,480, has calculated 88 days for a December completion.

Other bidders included Ganneston Construction of Augusta, at $650,572; E.W. Littlefield and Sons of Hartland, at $664,000; and Bowman Brothers of Newport, at $751,000. An alternative proposal using a different site preparation contractor would allow E.W. Littlefield to deduct $120,000 from its bid, making that company the low bidder.

The project includes design, sitework, equipment and materials to build a 190-foot-by-60-foot prefabricated metal building.

The decision on the bid award is scheduled for the 7:30 p.m. meeting today of the Pittsfield Town Council at the municipal building.

Also on the agenda is an ordinance, to be given a public hearing, for the approval and issue of general obligation bonds up to $750,000 to fund the trucking terminal project.

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