Contract awarded for the extension of the sewage pipeline in Poland along Route 26

POLAND – Selectpersons on Tuesday awarded Pratt & Sons of Minot a contract to extend the sewer line on Route 26 and build a pumping station.

Wright-Pierce, the Topsham engineering firm for the project, recommended the contractor over two others.

Voters approved a $ 4.8 million bond at the August 2020 town hall meeting to extend the sewer line. It will head north from Top Gun across the causeway to Cyndi’s Dockside Restaurant.

Pratt & Sons submitted a bid of $ 2.77 million, which is 27% less than the project’s estimated cost of $ 3.8 million.

St. Laurent & Son Excavation of Lewiston offered $ 3.59 million while Gordon Contracting of Sangerville offered $ 3.69 million.

Wright-Pierce Senior Project Manager Robert Williamson assured the Board of Directors that Pratt & Sons will follow the job specifications as defined by Wright-Pierce.

The jury asked why there was such a disparity in the offers, but Williamson couldn’t give them an explanation. He said Pratt & Sons must follow the physical and professional qualifications stipulated by Wright-Pierce for the project.

In the other cases, Betsy Oulton of HR Maine Consulting presented the results of a salary study for all city employees. The council hired the company to find out where the city stands in relation to the communities in the area.

Oulton’s comparisons included salary ranges for Auburn, Casco, Lisbon, Mechanic Falls, Raymond, Sabattus and Turner. She said that a disparity between Poland and these communities stems from three things: the city does not offer an annual increase in wages at the cost of living, some city officials do more than what the job entails and the need to compete fairly.

Jim Porter, chairman of the budget committee, said the salary difference between what the consulting firm advises and what the city actually pays is $ 206,000, an increase of 18%.

Budget committee member Walter Gallagher asked why Gray, New Gloucester and Oxford weren’t included in the comparison, as opposed to Auburn, who he said skews the numbers.

Oulton said other municipalities have approached pay equity in a single fiscal year instead of spreading increases over a longer period.

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