CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town officials on Wednesday opened six bids for repairs to a 200-foot culvert that has failed near Gleason Street.
Wheeler Brook runs from north of Gates Avenue and then under North Houghton, Gleason and School streets and down into North Adams to empty into the Hoosic River.
The failure of the underground culvert has cased a collapse at Gleason. The estimated value of the project was $40,000 but only two bids came close to that amount.
D.F. Lane Landscaping and Adams Excavating had the lowest base bids at $48,472.36 and $49,400, respectively.
Also bidding are A.J. Virgio Construction, with the highest amount at $94,900; Wm. J. Keller & Sons Contruction at $91,873; Clayton D. Davenport Trucking at $63,920; and J. H. Maxymillion at $53,423.53.
The bids were given to the town's engineering consultant Marc LeVasseur of Foresight Land Services to be evaluated for recommendation.
The bids were read by Select Board member Kimberly Goodell, the only board member in attendance. The board currently only has two members because Carlyle "Chip" Chesbro Jr. resigned in November. Because of the lack of a quorum, the other agenda items were posptoned to the next meeting and no votes or discussion was had.
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Clarksburg Sets Special Town Meeting for PILOT Authorization
By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town hopes to come to an agreement with two solar installations for payment in lieu of taxes.
The Select Board will need authorization to enter into any PILOT and a special town meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center for that vote.
"The town has to say, yes, you have permission to enter into an agreement," Town Assessor Ross Vivori told the Select Board on Wednesday. "Once that's in place, it should be good for future stuff that comes up as well."
There are two large commercial arrays off River Road and a third off Gravel Bank Road. Only one, Clean Energy Collective on River Road, has already agreed to a PILOT.
The meeting, held on the lawn of the Senior Center because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, swiftly approved a town budget of $4,565,710 and the purchase of a new Department of Public Works truck for $250,000.
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Town meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Center at 712 West Cross Road. The meeting will be set up in the parking lot and there will be provisions for keep people separate because of the pandemic; voters are encouraged to bring their own chairs and umbrellas.
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The Select Board on Wednesday voted to approve a decision by the Board of Health to open the library, Senior Center and Town Hall next month to limited access and in accord with the state's reopening plan.
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