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Contract Awarded for Milford Water Company Plant; Work to Trigger Rate Increase

The privately owned Milford Water Company, which has awarded a contract for construction of the new water treatment plant to R.H. White Construction, has announced a rate increase will help pay for the project.

The Milford Water Co. announced Friday it has awarded a contract for construction of a to the lowest bidder, R.H. White Construction.  The private utility company also disclosed the construction will require a rate increase for customers.

The winning bid was more than $1 million less than the next lowest bid, said David Condrey, general manager for the Water Co. The exact amount of the contract was not disclosed by the company. The bid range, Condrey said earlier this month, was a low of $16.8 million to a high of $17.9 million.

hat submitted bids were Barletta Engineering Co. and Methuen Construction Co.

The new water treatment plant is expected to be operational by spring of 2013. The construction will trigger , according to Condrey's statement.

"This much needed improvement, however, does come with a cost and the Company will need to request a rate increase later this year that will go into effect during the summer of 2013," Condrey wrote, in an announcement. "The Company will be working to do everything in its control to minimize the amount of that increase and feels very strongly that the benefits to our customers from the new plant justifies the need for the water treatment facility."

The Water Company last had a rate increase last year, a 33 percent increase.

Jennifer February 12, 2012 at 01:38 PM
funny that RH White Co, is a subcompany of the same company of Milford Water...so in essence they are paying themselves to build it...someone should review the EPA ruling that requires this plant...since I think it was built into the agreement that they could not increase the rates because of the plant, since the plant is a result of the 09 boil order.....
Myd Nevins February 12, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Seems like a conflict of interest to me.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) February 12, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I'll look into it. It's a private utility company. They don't follow the same closed-bid procedures as a public agency.
Tippy Doodle February 12, 2012 at 02:58 PM
The company profile is lacking any information on owners , board of director, ect.
Joel Kahn February 12, 2012 at 03:29 PM
If the people of Milford are going to pay for this, which they shouldn't then it is high time we owned the water company. Call the selectmen and demand the plant be taken bi imminent domain.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) February 12, 2012 at 03:31 PM
The town can take property by eminent domain, but it must be purchased. The term "taking" is a misnomer.
Joel Kahn February 12, 2012 at 03:35 PM
If the people of Milford are going to pay for this, which we shouldn't, then it's high time we owned the water company! Call the selectmen and demand the plant be taken by imminent domain. Can patch help getting a petition going? It takes 100 signatures to get the issue on the ballot.
Joel Kahn February 12, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Indeed eminent domain is a forced purchase; however if we have to pay for it anyway, we should own it.
Joel Kahn February 12, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Let's not forget, the Milford Water Company is owned an managed by Mr. White and Mr Condrey, two men who do not live in Milford and do not have their immediate families drinking or bathing in the town water, which we may not know the health impact of for years to ourselves and our children. It's time that changed. Lets not forget the Milford Water Company had filed for an extension on building the plant, which the EPA denied them. Let's not forget the crime Henry Papagua (the former head of the MWC) is charger wig relating to the 09 boil order. As a town we need to say enough is enough. The Milford Water Company wants the residents of Milford to pay for the new plant, a need due to a system which was not properly maintained (Mary, can you please research for an article relating to maintenance records on the congress street tank on Milford daily news. I'm pretty sure that was out there relating to the 09 boil order).
Joel Kahn February 12, 2012 at 04:05 PM
It's time for a change. It's time to tell Mr. White and Mr. Condrey "your fired!"! It's time for the town to excersie eminent domain. Call the board of selectmen! Let's get a petition going! If the MWC is going to have the people of Milford pay for the new plant, then we should own it! 100 signatures gets it on the ballot. And when fair market value is assessed for the forced purchase let the town review all liabilities into that value that are inherent with a system of this age- all maintenance included. Further why is the town of Milford, the MWC's largest customer pay full price for known defective goods for over a year? What other vendor would he town not seek remedy against for delivering known defective goods? It's milfords dollars and also tax dollars that paid these bills. Why has the board of selectmen not sought remedy?
Joel Kahn February 12, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Dino Debartolomeis, you are up for reelection and not responded to my repeated inquiries relating to the Milford Water Company. Please see copiesnof all of these posted on the Facebook blog "stand up to Milford Water Company". Serve the people of Milford! Respond please!
Joel Kahn February 12, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Mr. Denice, you are running against Mr. Debarolomeis. Please see the letters sent to him on the Facebook blog "stand up to Milford water company". I would like to hear from you. Let's all see what action the candidates for the board of selectmen will take. Both candidates, please respond in this forum- or let your lack of response (or in the case of Mr. Debartolomeis your CONTINUED lack of response) be known to all voters. Where do you stand gentlemen and what will you do if elected?
gate14 February 12, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Mr. Kahn, You talk as though no one is responding to you, yet the following was posted on your Facebook page mentioned above: Email from Louis Celozzi, town administrator: Dear Mr. Kahn, Chairman DeBartolomeis has asked me to respond to your recent email. Although I do not have all of the correspondence between yourself and Mr. DeBartolomeis, I will attempt to reply to the latest. The Town of Milford has been at odds with the Milford Water Company for seemingly the past two years. The main concern of the Board of Selectmen is water quality and the safety of our residents. As a result of these concerns, we have come to rely on DEP to monitor all operations of the Milford Water Company. DEP has reacted quickly and forcefully when dealing with the Milford Water Company and they have kept us informed throughout the process. I would suggest that you contact Marielle Stone at DEP as she has been involved on our behalf throughout the past two years. As to your suggestion of purchasing the MWC, this idea was discussed some twenty years ago. If you, as a private citizen, wish to bring this issue forward, it would necessitate securing 100 signatures for an article at the Annual Town Meeting. The projected cost of the purchase of the MWC is $25-50 million. I hope that this information has been helpful. Very Truly Yours , Louis J. Celozzi Town Administrator
Joel Kahn February 12, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Indeed, Mr. Celozi responded to one email. Read the entire blog and let us her from the candidates directly!
Joel Kahn February 12, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Please also do read the reports from the united states center for disease control and the office of environmental Heath hazard o the stre of California I posted and gave to both the board and the MA DEP. I gave these to the respective parties to ensure the town be allerted to the health hazard of dermal absorption and respiration of THHMs. The mire knowledge we all have the better. I am the resident patch noted that quoted statistics atthe town meeting. Those statistics were from the United States Center for disease control.
MilfordMomof3 February 12, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Another rate increase for water that is horrible? I'd like to know what we pay for water in comparison to other local towns with better water. Also, I would be curious to know what exactly are the options. The town buying the water plant(what that would mean for residents, increased rates, etc), buying into the MWRA(rates, cost, etc). I know we had one of the highest tthm readings in the town and the water company acted put out that we requested the test and took their time coming. They then said it is only bad if pregnant or young children consume large amounts. I was pregnant and have a toddler. We were all drinking it, bathing in it and cooking with it. They then said it was harmless and to not worry. Easy for them to say.... I feel like we already pay a large amount for water and the water quality is poor. It smells funny, tastes like a pond and is really not useable. Is there a place to get facts about the town's options and what the home owners here can do to get changes going?
Joel Kahn February 12, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Read. Call the DEP. Call the selectmen. Get informed. Again, let's hear from the candidates.
Ray Fellows February 13, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Looks to me like Joel has an agenda in this forum. Dino has served this community as long as I can remember and done a fantastic job. Our town administrator explained the process if Mr. Kahn wants his proposed remedy. All 3 of our current selectman do a great job of running this community in tandem with town administrator Lou Celozzi. The facts and problems with the MWC have been discussed many times in the selectman meetings and the town meetings. Anyone who wants to talk to ANY selectman about ANY subject just has to show up at any meeting, they are open to the public.
Joel Kahn February 13, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Read. Ask questions. If the people of Milford are going to pay for this new plant, then we should own it.
Joel Kahn February 13, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Let's hear from the candidates
Ray Fellows February 13, 2012 at 03:30 AM
I stated the facts in my last posting. Anyone who wants to hear what any selectman has to say, they have a monthly meeting that you can either attend or watch on television. I actually think the finance committee chair would be the person to ask and here is not the forum. Its not whether we Should own it, it's whether we can AFFORD it. Once again, these questions can be asked at the monthly selectman's meeting.
Joel Kahn February 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Read the entire blog
Joel Kahn February 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM
If we are going to pay for this , we should own it.
Joel Kahn February 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Let's hear from the candidates.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) February 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Okay, I think you've made your position known, Joel. If you are referring people to an offsite blog, this is not the forum to continue an argument.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) February 13, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Joel, since you are now posting the same comment, repeatedly, I will start to delete it as spam.

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