VASSALBORO — Selectmen voted unanimously to award the summer mowing bid to the firm they deemed most qualified, though the bid was not the lowest.

Board members Wednesday considered six bids for mowing all town properties — cemeteries, ball fields, fire stations and the Town Office — plus one bid for cemeteries only.

They agreed to contract with Knox Yard Maintenance, of Benton, the company that did the work year before last and took over late last summer.

Board Chairman Lauchlin Titus said Knox had the most complete equipment list and trucks to haul the equipment. Robert Browne added that the firm has a proven track record in Vassalboro.

Knox’s bid was $18,500. There were two lower bids, Titus said, $16,380 and $16,500; the highest bid was $50,800.

After hearing Town Manager Mary Sabins’ brief updates on pending legal issues and approving bills for payment, selectmen closed their meeting and drove to Vassalboro Community School, where School and Budget committee members were reviewing the proposed 2011-12 school budget.

Sabins offered one piece of bad news on this year’s budget: The town used up its prepaid fuel account and is now paying more than $1 a gallon more: $3.59 on a recent bill versus $2.40 prepaid.

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