PORTSMOUTH TOWN COUNCIL NOTES

Portsmouth hires owner’s rep for police station construction job

ABM Group selected from list of five bidders

By Jim McGaw
Posted 3/28/17

PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council Monday voted to select ABM Group of Warwick to be the town’s owner’s representative during construction of the new police station, at a cost of …

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PORTSMOUTH TOWN COUNCIL NOTES

Portsmouth hires owner’s rep for police station construction job

ABM Group selected from list of five bidders

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PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council Monday voted to select ABM Group of Warwick to be the town’s owner’s representative during construction of the new police station, at a cost of $128,400.

The job of the owner’s rep is to ensure the town’s best interests are at the heart of every decision made during construction of the station.

ABM was one of five bidders on the project and proposed a total of 1,800 hours on the job, translating to a cost of $71.33 per hour. The other bidders, including their total proposed bid, hours and hourly wage, were:

• Coast & Harbor of Lynnfield, Mass — $90,353.37, 1,384 hours ($65.27 per hour)

• CDR Maquire of Providence — $94,775, 850 hours ($111.15 per hour)

• Colliers International of Madison, Conn. — $172,700, 1,508 hours ($114.52 per hour)

• Keough Construction Management of East Providence — $220,825, 2,765 hours ($79.86 per hour)

An evaluation and selection team made up of Police Chief Thomas Lee, Director of Business Development Richard Talipsky, Department of Public Works Deputy Director Brian Woodhead and School Committee member Allen Shers conducted onsite interviews with ABM, Coast & Harbor and CDR.

In the end, ABM was selected as the best overall bidder. The company’s past projects include the Middletown police station and the R.I. Department of Transportation facility in Portsmouth.

Council President Keith Hamilton said his only concern with ABM was that during the Middletown police station project, it was later discovered that an air conditioner was missing from the building. 

Chief Lee, however, said that Middletown Police Chief Anthony M. Pesare  “highly recommended” the company.

For further discussion …

Council member David Gleason requested the removal of two items from the consent agenda so they can be discussed publicly at the next regular meeting on Monday, April 10.

One item concerned the Charlestown Town Council’s adoption of a resolution that points out the “inadequacies” of the R.I. Low and Moderate Income Housing Act. The law, which was passed in 2004, requires all Rhode Island towns to maintain a level of low- and moderate-income housing in their communities of 10 percent. 

Representatives from Charlestown, Glocester and Lincoln last month testified before the Special Legislative Commission to Study the Low and Moderate Income Housing Act. They said the law fails to take into account the special constraints faced by smaller municipalities that have fewer services or infrastructure.

The second item concerned a resolution adopted by the Burrillville Town Council that petitions the state director of revenue for the installation of an accounting system for the town, as well as training for that system.

Promise Program

The council received a resolution from the Town of Charlestown in support of Gov. Gina Raimondo’s Rhode Island Promise Program. The program is based on a commitment to provide every student with a two-year scholarship to attend the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College or the University of Rhode Island.

The council took no action on the resolution and placed it on file.

Licenses granted

Sitting as the Board of License Commissioners, the council voted unanimously to grant peddler licenses to McGrath Clambakes, Inc. of Newport and Rugby Imports, Ltd. of East Providence to do business at the Beast of the East Rugby Tournament, to be held April 22 and 23 at Glen Farm.

Armenian flag to fly

The council voted unanimously to approve an annual request by the Armenian National Committee of R.I. to have the Armenian flag raised on April 24.

For the past 17 years the town has agreed to fly the flag in memory of the Ottoman Turkish government’s attempt to eliminate the Christian Armenians from their ancestral lands through planned genocide during World War I, according to Stephen J Elmasian of the Armenian committee. 

There are about 12,000 Armenians living in Rhode Island, according to Mr. Elmasian, who reminded the town that the red-blue-orange flag is to flown “with the red stripe on top.”

Police parade

Council members received an invitation to participate in the 33rd annual Aquidneck Island National Police Parade, which steps off at 11:50 a.m. on Sunday, May 7, from the Hampton Inn in Middletown.

The parade started more than three decades ago to honor fallen officers and to recognize those who serve today.

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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.