Bid process called into question

WILTON – Was the town’s bid policy and procedure improperly followed on July 30 in the matter of receiving sealed bids for several pieces of used highway department vehicles? Resident Tim Broderick thinks so and brought his concern to the Select Board on Monday.

The winning bid did not meet the requirements listed in the bid package, he said, and “no vote was taken.” He inferred “preferential treatment.”

The old rescue truck was purchased by resident Joey Poisson.

Selectman Kermit Williams said, “This is the first time we have dealt with this sort of thing.” He agreed that there was a bid policy and it should have been followed.

Chairman Kellie-Sue Boissonnault said she had asked the board at the bid opening concerning the higher bid, and it was agreed to accept it

Board member Matt Fish disagreed and said, “I don’t remember a vote.”

Broderick had the video of the meeting and offered to play it.

After considerable heated discussion it was decided that “what was done was done,” asking Poisson to return the vehicle was impractical, and it would not happen again. Fish was asked to prepare a new bid procedure policy for the board to consider.

In other business, the board discussed the procedure for securing a driveway permit on a Class 6 road for a lot-of-record and a policy for compensatory time for town employees.