The Manheim Town Council has issued a second request for proposals to hire a land surveyor to survey River Road.
Attorney Kenneth Ayers, who was hired by the town in March to start the process of the qualified abandonment of the eastern end of River Road, said three surveyors were sent bid packets, but only one responded. “Two of the surveyors said they were just too busy to take a look at the project,” he said during Tuesday evening’s town council meeting. “They indicated they would be interested in the project, but right now their workload is such that they do not have the time to complete the work.”
Ayers said bid packets were sent to Susan Anacker, Scott Blanchard and Dennis Mowers.
Anacker was the only one of the three to submit a bid for consideration.
The council voted to reject Anacker’s bid and return it to her unopened, and to issue a second request for proposals. They also voted to send bid packets to a larger number of surveyors.
Ayers said Anacker, Blanchard and Mowers would be invited to bid on the project again.
“By opening the project up to more surveyors hopefully we will receive more of a response,” said town Supervisor John Haughton. He added he felt returning Anacker’s bid unopened was the right thing to do. “If her bid had been opened then the other potential bidders would have known her numbers and figures. It wouldn’t have been fair to her since we are opening the bid process again.”
As with the first request for proposals, surveyors interested in the project are invited to contact Ayers’ office at 518-673-8100 to receive a bid packet.
Ayers said the successful bidder will be the surveyor with lowest total price.
Among the items contained in the request for proposals, the surveyor who is awarded the contract will be asked to survey a section of River Road previously abandoned by the city of Little Falls, a section previously abandoned by the state and a section previously abandoned by the town.
Sealed bids must be submitted by July 23, which is also the day the town council will award the contract. The surveyor will have until Oct. 30 to make their submission to the town.
“This is a project we have to get done,” town Councilman Peter Jaikin said during Tuesday evening’s meeting. “Hopefully we’ll receive more bids by bidding the project again.”
In other business Tuesday, Haughton said the next meeting for the Herkimer County Family Day on the Farm will take place on Monday, June 17, at 7 p.m. at Raycliff Farm on Snells Bush Road. The fourth annual event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24, and will once again bring children and families face-to-face with elements of farm life, while promoting all things agriculture in Herkimer County.