Friday April 5, 2013

BELLOWS FALLS -- The Rockingham Selectboard on Tuesday accepted several recommendations from the owner of a company tasked with highway projects in town.

Everett Hammond of Hammond Engineering addressed the board in the Rockingham Town Hall Lower Theatre about the projects on Brockway Mills Road, at Burke Hill on Route 121 and on McBride Road.

Hammond first spoke about Phase 3 of the Brockway Mills Road project and explained why he thought Hodgkins & Sons was the best fit, with its bid of $455,019.

Rockingham Chairman Tom MacPhee told the Reformer last year that Phase 1, which was completed in 2011, took care of the road from Intersection 103 up toward the Springfield town line and Phase 2 began at Springfield line and headed back toward 103. He said Phase 3 will connect the two.

According to a memo from Hammond, Hodgkins & Sons has completed projects for Rockingham in the past and the Selectboard accepted the company’s bid.

Municipal Manager Tim Cullenen said the original Phase 3 has been broken down into two different phases and the Selectboard accepted a $213,561 bid from Gurney Brothers Construction, Inc. to complete Phase 4.

The Selectboard also agreed to submit a town highway structures grant application of $194,000 for assistance in funding a box culvert located 4,000 feet from Route 103.

Among the other bids awarded was one of $147,484 from Adams Trucking & Excavating for a box culvert project on Route 121.


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In his manager’s report, Cullenen said the town has received bids for the plaster repair of the Bellows Falls Opera House. He said the best quote came in at $11,796. Cullenen said he and Rockingham Development Director Francis "Dutch" Walsh are going to pursue an historic preservation grant, if possible.

He also said the town’s highway department hopes to fill in several potholes over the next couple of weeks and the meeting with the Southeast Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) that was previously postponed due to weather has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 23.

The Bellows Falls Opera House also plans to host a concert by renowned soul singer Betty LaBette on Saturday April 20.

In other business:

-- The Selectboard approved of a fundraising boot drop for the Bellows Falls Firefighters Association and a waiver for the Women’s Freedom Center to use the Bellows Falls Waypoint Center for its Quest Camp For Girls this summer. The center has agreed to pay $50 to cover cleaning expenses.

-- Selectboard members Ann DiBernardo and Josh Hearne were not present at Tuesday’s meeting and all motions required a vote from MacPhee.

Domenic Poli can be reached at dpoli@reformer.com, or 802-254-2311, ext. 277. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoli_reformer.