2018-08-31 / Community

News Briefs

Cruiser purchase — Kennebunk selectmen voted Aug. 23 to approve the purchase of a new 2018 Ford Sport Utility Interceptor from Arundel Ford for $29,599. Police Chief Craig Sanford said he solicited eight dealers and received three bids, with Arundel Ford’s the lowest. The other bids came in at $30,280 (Key Ford of York) and $31,157 (Rowe Ford in Westbrook).

The new vehicle will be used by shift supervisors, with the 2015 vehicle previously used rotated for use the department’s two new school resource officers, one of whom will be stationed at Kennebunkport Consolidated School and the other at the Mildred L. Day Elementary School in Arundel.

Sanford said it would cost about $6,000 to convert the old vehicle. There may also be maintenance required to cover “possible unforeseen minor costs associated with our saltwater environment.” The department has a $37,000 annual capital budget to cover the expense.

Boiler buy — The Kennebunkport Police Station may have got a $400,000 makeover and addition in 2016, but one thing the money did not buy was a new boiler. At its Aug. 23 meeting, selectmen awarded a contract to Garrett Pillsbury Plumbing and Heating of Kennebunk to install a new Viessmann CU3A-35 propane fired high-efficiency boiler for $14,014.

The new system will replace boilers in the basement and in a crawl space under that part of the station used by the public health department. In an Aug. 16 memo, Sanford said the old boilers, original to the 1996 construction of the building, “are currently rotting and leaking.”

“We were able to get through last winter, but will need to make the replacement before the next heating cycle,” he wrote.

Jim Godbout Plumbing and Heating of Biddeford bid $14,900 for the job, while Superior Energy Solutions of Poland offered $13,649. While Superior may seem to have submitted the low bid, Pillsbury’s base bid was $11,614. The final cost included a $2,100 add-on to also replace circulation pumps, relays and valves.

Backhoe to go — Kennebunkport’s 2009 John Deere 310J backhoe is bound for Lyman. Three bids were submitted in the town’s offer to sell the unit, with Lyman’s winning at $34,600.

Labbe Excavating of Arundel offered $22,551, while Whitmore Contracting of Holden offered $27,850.

Compiled by Staff Writer Duke Harrington. He can be reached at news@kennebunkpost.com.

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