Lang’s Pond Road will be closed to through-traffic beginning on September 26th, 2016, for road reconstruction by LA Drew. The project should take about a month.
The selectmen awarded the project to LA Drew even though their bid was not the lowest. At first the selectmen said that they had rejected the low bid, by Integrity Earthworks, because it had been improperly submitted without a performance bond. Integrity Earthworks had followed the instructions provided by the selectmen, which did not require a bond. However, that turned out to be incorrect because state law requires projects over $35,000 to include a bond.
The selectmen acknowledged their error, but stuck with LA Drew anyway. As Chairman Carolyn Sundquist told Integrity Earthworks on July 29th, “We erred. We don’t know all the RSAs [state laws].”
LA Drew’s winning bid was $140,772 and Integrity Earthworks’ lower bid was $112,906. The Integrity Earthworks bid would have been higher if it included a bond, but would still have offered a considerable savings to the taxpayer of Tuftonboro had the selectmen not sent out wrong instructions.