No takers for bid on town gravel pit
BY TOM REILLY
Town Administrator Jim Smith said there were only two bids for the town gravel pit on Hatchery Road — $1.5 million from abutter Aggregate Industries and $490,000 from the Trottle Group, the operators of Worcester Sand and Gravel. The Board of Selectmen had set a minimum price of $2 million for the property. Smith said Sutton had lost nothing — that the investment in the site survey would still pay off during future negotiations. He urged the town to "take a breather" on the matter and to go back to using the material on the site. He is working with Town Highway Superintendent Mark Brigham to eliminate digging on the existing hill and "to look for spots with better slopes." Smith called the gravel pit a "valuable economic parcel" and said the "tricky economic
environment" could have been part of the reason why bids were not as high as the selectmen thought they should be.
While disappointed in the bids, Selectmen Ryan Fattman and John Hebert urged their fellow selectmen to hold fast, because the property will rise in value. Selectman Rick Hersom asked if the town could retain title to the land and just sell the mining rights, and Smith said this was a possibility that could be discussed in the future.