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The Cheshire Town Council approved a motion Tuesday night that will allow the Town to negotiate directly with a vendor to develop and install a new Cheshire Community Pool protective covering, rather than putting the work out to bid.
The motion, Councilors hope, will cut significant time off the process through which the pool bubble can be fabricated and erected over the Town's facility.
Council Chairman Tim Slocum brought the idea to the attention of the Council on Tuesday evening, despite the fact the item had not appeared on the original agenda. Slocum apologized for that, acknowledging that it never looks good when the Council "does things on the fly," but insisted that the information about a projected timeline for the pool bubble had not come to him until early Tuesday.
According to Slocum, the Public Building Commission, which has been looking at the particulars of replacing the pool bubble, which collapsed during this past winter, created an expected timeline for when a new bubble could be completed and then installed at the Community Pool facility. Following normal procedures, which included putting the fabrication work of the bubble out to bid, the Town could expect that the protective covering would not be erected until mid to late December.
However, the Council was informed by Town Attorney Dwight Johnson that it could waive the normal bid process if it deemed that it was in the "best interest of the town."
Johnson indicated that, because there are very few vendors who handle pool bubble construction, waiving the normal bid process would most likely mean little when it came to a final price, and moving the schedule up could be deemed as being in the best interest of the town.
After some debate, the Council approved the motion to waive the normal bid process. It is expected the bubble could be up a month before the original date outlined by the PBC.
For the full story, see tomorrow's Cheshire Herald.