Chilmark selectmen agreed Tuesday to hire the Danvers-based marine contractor, C. White Marine Inc., to rebuild the wooden pier connector to the West Dock. The Menemsha fire last summer destroyed the pier.
Executive secretary Tim Carroll said C. White Marine’s was the lowest among seven bidders, coming in at a cost of $1,407,120. The town previously hired the company to work on the fill dock and was pleased with the quality of their work, he said.
“We also checked references and have done a background check,” Mr. Carroll said.
At a special town meeting in September, voters agreed to authorize $1.5 million of borrowing to replace the car-way and pedestrian walkway that led to the Coast Guard boathouse that was also destroyed in the July 12 blaze.
Chairman Warren Doty said selectmen met with company officials prior to the meeting on Tuesday and discussed some changes that will keep the cost of the project under $1.5 million, while also adding electric and water service to the pier, which were not part of the original bid specifications.
Mr. Doty said officials agreed to change the specifications for the reinforcement bar to be set in the concrete to save $47,000, to change the steel in the pier at a savings of $17,750, and to change the type of fiberglass in the wave wall in the bulkhead, at a savings of $11,000 – that’s a total savings of $86,750.
Mr. Doty said the town should be able to give C. White Marine a notice to proceed just after the New Year, and work should begin by the middle of next month. By all accounts, he said, the project is on schedule to be completed by May 15.
“This project is going along very nicely. It was always a challenge to accomplish this before Memorial Day. Now it looks possible,” Mr. Doty said.