Town Approves $26,750 Contract To Replace Fuel Dispensing Pumps


The Board of Selectmen at its most recent meeting approved a $26,750 contract with a Bridgeport-based company to replace the fuel dispensing pumps that serve town vehicles. 

The Department of Public Works had been looking to budget for the replacement in the next fiscal year, but the pumps are failing now, officials said.

“We’ve had to do several patches to get everyone up and running,” Public Works Director Tiger Mann told the selectmen at their regular meeting, held Jan. 3 at Town Hall and via videoconference.

“We need to replace them now, so that’s the reason for bringing this forward,” Mann said. “I did have the first selectman, due to the fact that this was of an emergency nature in fact our pumps were down, the first selectman approved the expenditure on Dec. 15th and this is the first opportunity to bring this to you for formal approval.”

First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and Selectmen Kathleen Corbet and Nick Williams voted 3-0 in favor of the contract.

Corbet asked about the town’s decision to go directly to Liberty.

Mann said the company “has been our contractor that we have been utilizing for our pump service forever.”

“We did go to some others and their scope of work was quite large compared to what Liberty’s was, and then one other’s was slightly less than this, but in speaking to our mechanics and speaking to the fact that Liberty has been our servicing agent and is on call with us, we felt it was necessary or more prudent to go with Liberty,” Mann said.

Corbet also asked whether the pumps were up and running (yes) and whether the work is expected to exceed the approved funds (no).

The pumps are located at the town’s Highway Department, Mann said.

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