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Select Board Approves Contract to Keep Momentum on Pedestrian Bridge Project

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by Gazette Staff

HARDWICK – At a special meeting at 8:30 a.m., on July 5, the Hardwick Select Board met to consider accepting a proposal from S.W. Cole Engineering, Inc. to conduct boring and soil sampling for the abutments for the pedestrian bridge.

The meeting started with discussion about the Request For Proposal (RFP) process for the bid. The service to be provided is highly specialized and while the town manager contacted several companies, this was the only bid that was received. After discussion, the board voted to accept the proposal.

Next, Gary Michaels, representing the East Hardwick Fire District (EHFD), described EHFD’s plan to take out a forgivable loan for consultant services, The EHFD is applying for a forgivable loan with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. However, as part of that process, an applicant needs to have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). Michaels said that EHFD has investigated getting a UEI but has not been able to provide all the documentation required, such as proof of physical address and articles of incorporation. The fire district was formed by the select board in 1912. The EHFD was requesting permission to use the Town of Hardwick’s UEI for this application until it can get its own for any future applications. After discussion, the board voted to approve the request.

Board member Shari Cornish reported that NEKarts will be going out to bid for their Town House egress and accessibility project. Cornish said the effort needs additional funding to add to the approximately $10,000 donated by Community National Bank, Union Bank, Community Bank and Barbara Jordan.

Under new business, the board heard that the lane behind the building that houses the AT&T store and the Flower Basket has had water running down into some of the buildings. The town does not plow or maintain that lane. The board decided to research the matter before making a decision.

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