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New Ipswich

Torphy wins pool work bid at $99.6K

$50K more needed to finish repairs

Repairs to the New Ipswich Town Pool are set to start this spring, but the town will be asking for additional funds to finish repairs to the decking in March.

Repairs to the New Ipswich Town Pool are set to start this spring, but the town will be asking for additional funds to finish repairs to the decking in March. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

NEW IPSWICH — Unanticipated expenses will mean repairs and refurbishment of the town pool might have to be completed next spring after the town goes back to taxpayers in March for about $50,000 more . But Torphy Construction & Development of Peterborough has been selected to get started with work this spring at a cost of $99,591.

Bids for the job were submitted to the town from two construction companies, said Town Administrator Roberta Fraser in an interview Wednesday. Torphy and Southshore Gunite Pool and Spa, based in Chelmsford, Mass., with an office in Nashua, each submitted proposals. The first time the town received bids for the work earlier this summer both submissions were beyond the price range the town had anticipated, said Fraser. The town has $115,000 to spend, approved during March voting. But the prices in both bids came in at over $150,000, said Fraser.

On the March ballot, voters approved in a 660 to 335 vote to raise $75,000 from taxes and to spend an additional $40,000 from capital reserves for the pool repairs. The money is to pay for new brick coping, tiling, painting depth markers on the deck, acid washing and installation of a scratch-coat subsurface to the pool, a new drain frame and grate, and a new pump.

The town asked both companies to review the work, to see what could be done within the town’s price range. The tiling on the pool floor was the most significant expense, said Fraser, at over $50,000, and that will have to wait until the town can go back to voters next year, she said. If the town approves additional funds in March, there will still be time to complete the tiling work before the pool’s planned June opening.

Both Torphy and Southshore Gunite submitted revised bids, both of which were nearly identical in price — Torphy at $99,591 and Southshore Gunite at $99,857. Because the bids were so similar, it came down to other factors, Fraser said. Torphy is more locally based, and has just finished a project renovating Adams Pool in Peterborough and adding a splash park there. The Select Board was impressed with that work, said Fraser.

“They were very close, and one or the other would have been fine,” said Fraser.

The work is set to begin this spring and should be completed by June 2014.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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