WATERVILLE — City Councilors on Tuesday will consider awarding a $191,197 contract for a new fuel island and underground storage tanks at the Public Works and Parks and Recreation Department complex on Wentworth Court.

The council also will consider spending $9,000 for an upgrade to the fuel key reader at the facility, as well as awarding a contract for motor fuels, buying winter road salt and purchasing a new boiler for the fire department.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the council chambers on the third floor of The Center at 93 Main St. downtown.

The city’s license and permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection for the fuel island and two 10,000-gallon tanks at the Wentworth Court complex expired Aug. 1 after 30 years, according to the city’s public works director, Mark Turner.

Turner recommends councilors award the $191,197 contract for the fuel island and tanks to Portland Pump Co. of Scarborough, which submitted the lowest of four bids for the equipment. The equipment would be installed in compliance with department’s regulations and guidelines and would be inspected and certified by state officials.

The 20-year-old fuel key reader will be upgraded by a separate company. Funds for both that and the fuel island and tanks would come from the city’s capital improvement account. The spending was approved in the city’s 2017-18 budget.


Turner said Monday that the tanks installed underground in 1987 were single-lined, fiberglass tanks. The key card reader is old-fashioned and the new one will be modern, he said.

“It’s going to be a very nice, state-of-the-art system with the amount of fuel and leak detection equipment, which is required by the DEP for all new installments,” he said.

He said work on the fuel island and tanks is scheduled to start next Monday and he expects it will take three to four weeks. The city’s vehicles, including school buses, will use Winslow’s fuel facility while Waterville’s is being installed, he said. Turner said he thinks school buses may have to use Winslow’s facility to fuel up into the first week of school.

“It’s going to be tight, but I think with the arrangement we have with Winslow, things will work out OK,” he said. “I’m very appreciative of Winslow’s offering to provide the facility for us.”

In other public works-related matters, the council will consider buying 2,700 tons of road salt from Harcros Chemicals Inc. of Westbrook for $146,853 as part of a cooperative purchasing program sponsored by the state Department of Transportation. The salt would cost $54.39 a ton, which is $6.10 less expensive than last year, according to Turner.

“So, we’re saving $16,470 over last year,” he said.


The council also will consider awarding a contract for motor fuels as part of a cooperative purchase agreement for 24,000 gallons of gasoline and 48,000 gallons of diesel. The bid would be through Maine Power Options, with gasoline and diesel coming from Dennis K. Burke Oil Co. of Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Councilors also will consider awarding a $54,973 contract to Mechanical Services Inc., of Portland, for installation of a new boiler at the fire station. Funding for the boiler would include $30,000 from the sale of a fire truck and $25,000 from the capital improvement fund.

Fire Chief David LaFountain said Monday that the old boiler has a cell that leaks, it is obsolete and the fire department cannot get parts for it.

The council also will consider issuing a secondhand dealer’s license to Miguel Hidalgo and Edward West, doing business as Lunanightday Antiques & Art LLC, at 17 Appleton St. The location, behind Selah Tea, is the site of what used to be Glenn’s Barbershop for 32 years.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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