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Newsfront - February 8, 2008

Councilman says 'no' to parking lot bonus

Town awards $28,000 for finishing work on time

by Jordan M. Doronila

Town Councilman Mike Shimansky said the contractor that rebuilt the parking lot at Sycamore Valley Park in Danville did not deserve a bonus.

He argued against the extra pay at a Town Council meeting last month but nonetheless the council voted 4-1 to recognize the completion of the parking lot and in favor of the bonus to the contractor.

"I don't have problems paying for what he did," Shimansky said. "The contractor did a nice job."

"But giving somebody a $28,000 bonus to complete a contract that he willfully entered into (is questionable)," he added. "I don't see the logic in that. I don't think we ought to use the taxpayers' money for somebody to do a job that he bid on and had a contract for."

Council members approved the contractor's bid from Galedrige Construction Inc. in May. The original contract amount was $467,530 with a bonus of $28,000 if the work were completed on schedule. Shimansky also voted against the bonus in May.

Town Manager Joe Calabrigo said Galedrige deserved the bonus because it finished the project before the deadline last summer. The town paid $510,108, which was less than the $542,284 budget allocated for the parking lot. There was also an increase of $14,577 due to several additions to the project.

"The project had a very finite window to work with which had to substantially be completed or we were going to experience some major inconvenience," Calabrigo said.

The contractor built 86 additional parking spaces in the parking lot plus made improvements to landscaping, pedestrian walkways and traffic circulation in the existing parking lot on Holbrook Drive, which serves Sycamore Valley Park, Sycamore Valley Elementary and the Sycamore Valley Regional Open Space Preserve. Galedrige had a timeframe from June to August and had to work around soccer tournaments to get the parking lot finished.

Calabrigo said the town broke the project into two phases. Phase one was the demolition, paving and striping, which were finished prior to the beginning of the new school year. Phase two dealt with landscaping, which could be worked on while school was in session.

"School officials and park users and everyone were pleased with the outcome," Calabrigo said. "It's very difficult for that size project to get done within a two-month window with the other activities going on."

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