The Housing@Hildreth House Committee awarded the bid for engineering services on the Hildreth House property to TTI Environmental Inc. at its Feb. 13 meeting. The award is subject to two provisions: that the price remain the same as that in TTI’s proposal, and that the outcome of an interview with TTI’s project manager, to be conducted in the next few weeks, meet with the committee’s approval. TTI submitted the lowest of the three bids received, $17,200, but the price was guaranteed for only 10 days after the submittal, which expired before the committee could check references and meet to award the project. TTI is based in Moorestown, New Jersey, with an office in Methuen.
At the Monday meeting, Town Planner Bill Scanlan reported that he had conducted reference checks on all three bidders and that the firms’ references spoke highly of them. He added that all of the proposals were well done and that he believed all three companies were capable of doing the work. Given that, the committee saw no reason not to choose the lowest bidder, TTI.
The work includes preparing a preliminary site plan for senior housing on the Hildreth property, with two or three conceptual plans showing building envelopes for up to 20 units. The committee acknowledged that the recent snow cover may delay the start of the engineering study, but it hopes to have a schedule from TTI by the next Board of Selectmen meeting on Feb. 28.