Groton must redo RFPs

Groton must redo RFPs

There are 4 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Jan 11, 2011, titled Groton must redo RFPs. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Three weeks after the town selected a developer to reconstruct the Groton Electric Light Department's headquarters on Station Avenue, the project that is hoped to give a jump-start to the downtown makeover is back to square one.

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Concerned Citizen

Tyngsboro, MA

#1 Jan 11, 2011
Why don't they just appoint the town engineer to be the project manager and be done with it?

Groton, MA

#2 Jan 11, 2011
"Haddad explained that a state law that was revised in recent years requires municipalities to hire a project manager before selecting a developer for design-and-build projects, such as the GELD project. Town officials did not realize this requirement and selected Gale, Dore & Whittier before hiring a project manager."

Yes, we are really on top of things, aren't we? Someone did not do his/her homework and now the project faces another delay. No wonder so few deveopers are interested in bidding for it with nincompoops in charge of the town! It's a bad omen.

Gloucester, MA

#3 Jan 11, 2011
Why didn't the chosen developer see the "red flag" when applying with the others? Wouldn't any of them have known that having a project manager was the first step? Between them and the town officers no one seems to be qualified or professional.
Smart Cookie

Groton, MA

#4 Jan 12, 2011
Concerned Citizen wrote:
Why don't they just appoint the town engineer to be the project manager and be done with it?
What are the town engineer's qualifications and responsibilities anyway? I suppose your idea has merit because he would "know" the town better than an outsider but then could he be objective and not be influenced by local opinion? Could he handle the pressure of disagreeing with his town employers?

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