Town Gets Lower Bid on Heating Oil

July 25, 2014

by Barbara O’Brien

Earlier this month, Windham Selectmen decided not to go with the same bid obtained for heating oil by the school district.  The main reason was that B&H Oil, the company currently supplying heating oil to the Town of Windham, was not included among the bids received.

B&H, which is based in Salem, also provides emergency fuel oil to needy Windham families, either through the town’s welfare department or the non-profit Helping Hands organization.  Selectmen were not sure whether or not Dennis K. Burke Oil, the company with which the school district decided to sign a contract, would be willing or able to provide this service.  As a result, selectmen decided to see if they could do better than what the school district had offered.

Subsequently, town officials received three bids on heating oil, including Eastern Propane of Hudson at $3.499 per gallon; Palmer Gas of Atkinson at $3.346 per gallon; and B&H Oil of Salem at a low bid of $3.199 per gallon.  B&H Oil also came in lower than the bid secured by the school district with Dennis K. Burke Oil, which was $3.2133 per gallon.

Town officials did go along with the school district on its purchase of propane and diesel fuel, however.