By Katina Caraganis
TOWNSEND -- The North Middlesex Regional School Building Committee has opted to go with Cornerstone Land Consultants Inc., of Pepperell, to conduct a land survey and a civil-engineering study at the high school.
Cornerstone was one of five businesses that responded to the request for proposals issued for the project, and its price and schedule came in lowest.
Its base-service fee came in at $12,400, and if the company is asked to do a wetlands survey and geo-tech survey, that price would go up by $3,000.
Peter Collins, with Heery International, also added a 10 percent fee that goes to Heery for overseeing the project, which is beyond the scope of work it is being paid for by the district, and a $5,000 contingency fee in case unexpected costs arise, which brings the total budget to $21,940.
The Building Committee authorized Collins to move forward with the best firm for the job as long as the bid did not exceed $30,000.
"They've done a lot of good work, and we've heard good, positive things about them," Collins said. "It's nice to give a local company the work."
Pending weather conditions or any other unforeseen circumstances, it's expected that Cornerstone will finish the work in 45 days.
Businesses from Leominster, Ayer and Tewksbury also responded to the request for proposals.
School Building Committee alternate member Susan Robbins, Superintendent of Schools Joan Landers and Pepperell Selectman Stephen Themelis were appointed to attend the Massachusetts School Building Authority's design-selection panel.
Director of Facilities Oscar Hills suggested that future meetings of the Building Committee be held at the high school.
"I think it will bring it closer to the project," he said. "It helps engage the community."
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