Windham to begin seeking bids for master plan project
During Monday night’s meeting of the Windham Board of Selectmen, Community Development Director Laura Scott asked the board to waive the bid process for the initial phase of master plan development and award the contract to Southern NH Planning Commission.
“Based on the prices that have been quoted to me and the price in our budget, I believe no other firm will come in any lower,” Scott said, noting the $13,300 price tag of the initial phase.
“This is an organization we’re already working with and they have a lot of our data already,” Sullivan said. “And I have an educated hunch that it would be much more expensive to go elsewhere.”
Selectman Ross McLeod said he was hesitant to waive the bid process.
A motion by Selectman Kathleen DiFruscia to waive the process failed, with McLeod and fellow Selectmen Roger Hohenberger and Al Letizio all voting no.
“I’m not entirely convinced that we can’t do better,” he told Scott. “And I’m certainly not willing to spend upwards of $40,000 based on your idea that we can’t do any better.”
She noted that the initial price quoted by Southern NH Planning Commission is low compared to the master plan recently completed by the nearby town of Londonderry, which cost over $100,000.
Planning Board member Vanessa Nysten said her board had very little input so far in the master plan process.
Resident Dan Guttman, who is seeking a seat on the Board of Selectmen, agreed.
With the board’s decision made, Scott said the project would be placed out for bids over the next several weeks.
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