Committee doubles down on general contractor recommendation

Committee doubles down on general contractor recommendation

SCITUATE – The Police Station Building Committee has doubled down on its recommendation that Scituate-based construction company Sugrue and Associates complete the Police Station for $1.2 million.

Following the June 26 meeting where the committee decided to recommend Sugrue, the Town Council received two letters of concern from bidding contractors. The letters expressed concern that the committee did not choose the contractor properly.

In response, the committee has put together a complete packet of the decision and thought process of each of the five board members to be reviewed by the council during the July 31 Police Station Building Committee Meeting.

The Town Council will vote tonight, Aug. 8, at the 7 p.m. meeting on the recommendation of the committee to enter into a contract with Sugrue, plus an additional $46,000 for window replacements.

The committee also asked that the packet be made available to the public at the same time.

The packet includes all the bids received, minutes from the meetings where evaluations were discussed, and the evaluation sheets from each member.

According to the committee, the decision was made based on past performance, bid amount, credentials, qualifications, and ability to perform described service and work, among others.

The committee said in its recommendation that Sugrue’s ability to deliver appeared very positive and its base bid amount was the second lowest among the lump sum bids received.

“Based on this evaluation of the criteria, the committee voted to recommend Sugrue and Associates Inc. as general contractor for completion of the Scituate Police Station,” the letter to the council read.

Committee Chairman David D’Agostino said that once the council agrees on a general contractor, the contract will be immediately signed for work to start as soon as possible.

Committee member Paul Leveillee said each of the bidders were certain that the project could be completed in 90 days.

He said despite word around town that the committee has not accomplished anything, the truth is quite different.

He said after being formed in January and holding its first meeting in February, the committee took five months to get to a point where construction will resume at the incomplete station.

“It’s taken longer than we wanted, but the process is a process,” Leveillee said.

He said the point is that the committee now knows who will do the work and how the job is going to be completed.

Leveillee said regardless of the work the committee put in, the end goal is to get police officers out of trailers and into a new station.

“Let’s look at how we got here. We got here because a poor decision was made not hiring a (general contractor,)” he said.

He said though the contract for a general contractor is higher than the $1.2 million bond set aside for the building, the ultimate cost will be on target with original projections.