Onset Boat Ramp reconstruction nets 4 bids

Aug 19, 2016

Town officials have received a total of four bids for the reconstruction of Onset Boat Ramp, which will be 16 feet wide and 104 feet long when the work is done.

The boat ramp is located off of East Boulevard in Onset, on Broad Cove.

The low bidder is Key Corporation of North Kingstown, Rhode Island which bid $156,000. The second low bidder was Rockland-based Dandel Construction, whose total bid was 184,475.

The third lowest bidder was Robert B. Our Co. of Harwich with a bid of $352,900. Great Easter Marine of Gloucester was the fourth lowest bidder at $359,490.

Bids were unsealed on Wednesday in the Multi-Service Center with representatives from the Harbormaster’s Office, Board of Selectmen, Wareham Municipal Maintenance and GAF Engineering Inc. of Wareham.

Funds for the reconstruction are available through a $100,000 Community Preservation Act grant. The Bouchard Transportation Trustee Council awarded $67,500 for the project. That council is responsible for Buzzards Bay remediation efforts following an oil spill in 2003.

For a list of the bids, click on the link below.

Comments (10)
Posted by: Kress | Aug 20, 2016 12:36

I am curious to know whether TA Sullivan and/or Town Attorney Bowen does any investigation regarding the businesses who provided the bids.  Do they look at length of time doing business, any complaints against the company, recommendations, etc.?

Posted by: Hissing Cobra | Aug 20, 2016 13:34

How do two companies come in under $200,000 while two others are over $350,000? With bids like that, I'd be hard pressed to get some more estimates, just to make sure that everyone's bidding apples to apples.

Posted by: Rosebud | Aug 20, 2016 18:14

From what I know about public bids, it is usually mandatory to take the lowest-priced bid.

Posted by: Garry B. | Aug 20, 2016 20:09

With the bid invite they do have to provide history of previous jobs as well as references that are checked Kress and once the project starts I will be making friendly visits throughout the day to make sure we are satisfied with their work.

Posted by: Kress | Aug 22, 2016 00:49

Thanks, Garry.  I was just concerned because I saw that one company incorporated around March of 2016.  Wouldn't we want a company that understands the demands/stress that a boat ramp endures including the effects of salt water, or are we talking about hiring a company to just pave it over?  I live in Onset, don't have a boat, but I would still want something that is going to look good and last.


Garry, glad you will be there to watch over the project.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Aug 23, 2016 10:04

Garry , totally off topic but an important question . Why is that woman who paddle boards all over the bay not required to wear a life jacket when everyone else is ?

Posted by: Snowman | Aug 23, 2016 11:49

She probably has one strapped aboard (hopefully).

This is from mas.gov

 In October of 2008, the United States Coast Guard made the determination that stand-up paddleboards (SUP) are considered vessels and thereby subject to certain boating safety regulations.

So what does this mean for a stand-up paddleboard user? When using a stand-up paddleboard beyond the limits of swimming, bathing, or surfing areas, users are required to be prepared just as they would if they were operating a traditional vessel.

- All SUP users on coastal waters, when not in a bathing, swimming, or surf zone, are required by law to have a Type I, II, or III personal floatation device (PFD) aboard.


- All SUP users on inland lakes or rivers, when not in a bathing or swimming area, are required by law to have a Type I, II, or III personal floatation device (PFD) aboard.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Aug 23, 2016 13:37

Thank you Sir , not to bright not having it on . Anything can happen out there . Unexpected muscle cramp , sudden LOC . She's a goner . I guess looking cool beats being safe .. Thanks for all you and your staff does , A job well done ...

Posted by: Chaka | Aug 23, 2016 22:15

Hi Garry, couple of harbor questions for you. I noticed that $67,500 of the project money is coming from Bouchard as part of their fine from their oil spill. What is your opinion on the health of Onset Bay from this accident? Is there still oil in Onset Bay from the spill? Can oysters be used to clean it up? I read on the Save Buzzards Bay website that Onset Harbor gets a score of 70 out of a 100 for healthy water and that Shell Point Bay and Muddy Cove got respective scores of 57 and a 56 out of 100. I know Muddy Cove gets pollution run off from 6/28. Is there any way to curb that? Any idea where the pollution in Shell Point Bay is coming from. Any insight you have is appreciated as well as any advice as to how we residents can help to clean it up. Thanks.

Posted by: Garry B. | Aug 24, 2016 09:18

Thanks snowman, sorry for the late reply swifts. Chara, we actually faired pretty well considering from Stony Point Dike to long beach is the catchers mit of Buzzards Bay with the prevailing southwest wind.  Luckily Onset only received minimal traces of oil.  Per the DMF all waters were closed as a precautionary measure and gradually reopened Onset being the first. Approximately 21 miles of our shoreline remained closed for a lengthy period of time and was one of the longest closures in place. The Wareham side did receive pockets of oil as well as oil sheen and we worked with our assigned clean up crew to scrub rocks. Most of the larger pockets that made it to Wareham all settled in that "catchers mit" area.  I'm sure you may come across some reminence as you would in any spill but nowhere near the density that other coastal towns received.   And the fact that it is been over 13 years now since the incident.   We not only received funding for the boat ramp but we received funding for numerous other aquaculture projects that will be starting up this fall and we have already started our quahog relay.  We can use oysters to promote better water quality  especially with the amount of water was just can filter per day.   Please feel free to come down to the pier and we can show you our oysters that we are currently growing. The last batch was just removed from the shellfish upweller  and into our floating cage system where they will remain until next season before we transplant them to a natural setting. As for shell point, the abutting cove, Sunset Cove is a rainfall management area due to the storm water runoff. You also have quite a few residential properties abutting the waterways that are not on sewer on the Wareham side, etc.

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