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The Times
  • Beaver Brook Dam emergency action plan to be bid again

  • The contract for the emergency action plan for Beaver Brook Dam will be bid again.

    The Manheim Town Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday evening to put the project out to bid a second time after Liverpool-based Barton & Loguidice informed the town they would have to increase the cost of their bid by $2,000 for the inclusion of an inspection and management plan.

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  • The contract for the emergency action plan for Beaver Brook Dam will be bid again.
    The Manheim Town Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday evening to put the project out to bid a second time after Liverpool-based Barton & Loguidice informed the town they would have to increase the cost of their bid by $2,000 for the inclusion of an inspection and management plan.
    “The notice from Barton & Loguidice said they did not realize the emergency action plan had to include an inspection and management plan, but the request for proposals that was issued clearly stated the plan has meet the requirements for a Class C high hazard dam. Those requirements include the inclusion of an inspection and management plan,” said town Supervisor John Haughton.
    The village of Dolgeville and the town of Manheim awarded the contract to Barton & Loguidice last month. The firm’s winning bid totaled $9,600, to be split between the two municipalities.
    The town and village also received a $4,500 bid from Albany-based The LaBarge Group, an $8,100 bid from Schenectady-based John M. McDonald Engineering and a $16,310 bid from Latham-based C.T. Male Associates. After consulting with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the bids from The LaBarge Group and John M. McDonald Engineering were removed from consideration.
    “The law states we could award the contract to the next lowest bidder, but since that bidder, according to the National Resources Conservation Service, did not meet the standards specified in the proposal, the best thing we can do is put the contract out to bid again,” said Haughton.
    “It’s the smart thing to do,” added councilman Peter Jaiken. “It’s really the way to do it.”
    According to the contract, Barton & Loguidice had 30 days to complete the plan — which regulations state must be prepared by a professional engineer and coordinated with local emergency managers. The contract also stated the firm would receive half payment when the plan is submitted to the DEC and the remaining half payment when the plan has been approved by the state agency.
    The village of Dolgeville was put on notice by the DEC in January 2012 that it did not have an emergency action plan for Beaver Brook Dam on file in Albany. In response, and after months of debate over ownership of the earthen structure, the town and village in November agreed to each pay half the cost for the development of the plan. The request for proposals was issued in December.
    “It’s unfortunate the contract has to be bid again, because we thought we had finally put this behind us,” said Haughton. “Hopefully the DEC will be understanding of this latest development.”
    The Dolgeville Village Board of Trustees will be asked to pass a similar resolution when they meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18, at the municipal hall on North Main Street.
    Page 2 of 2 - In other business Tuesday evening, the council unanimously voted to retain the services of the Ayres Law Firm, of Palatine Bridge, at a cost of $500, plus $225 per hour for consultation fees.
    Haughton said the law firm specializes in matters dealing with highways and roads and will provide advice on a matter pertaining to River Road and if the town is in deed required to maintain it.
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