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Town names contractor for Veterans Memorial Building project

Original post made on Jun 3, 2010

The renovation of downtown's Veterans Memorial Building is one step closer as the Danville Town Council unanimously approved a construction contract to a Hayward contractor Tuesday night. Construction work would begin July 5, with completion expected in late 2011.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 4:40 PM

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 3, 2010 at 10:36 am

If the City project management folks estimated the project at $7 million + and the low bidder came in at just over $5.3 million for change orders guys. Leaving $2 million on the table is good business only if you plan to stick them with change orders. Or even worse the City project estimating department are irresponsible. Everyone should keep tabs on the construction events and you just may see how much your City Official know or don't know.

Thank for listening, Julia from Alamo

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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Danville
on Jun 3, 2010 at 10:56 am

I am assuming that the council made their decision based on who the most qualified contractor was for the job, in addition to being the lowest bid. I'm not even in the business, but I can't help but wonder what happened to the "Shop Local" motto for Danville. Weren't there any qualified Danville based contractors interested in the job?

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Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Jun 3, 2010 at 11:11 am

jrm is a registered user.

Julia...the fact is most capital building projects budgeted in the past are now coming in with lower bids due to the slowdown in the building industry...both labor and building materials costs have come down in the current economy, I am involved in 2 projects, one here and one in Oregon where the bids have come in around 15% less than we initially budgeted. We are in good hands I am sure.
On another note....just an objective observation, and it's none of my business but just to give you some feedback you do seem to have a sadly maladjusted edge to all your threads across various topics. Anger, lack of trust and a general sense of being a very unhappy person permeates your views on your life here. We only live once and it seems you get up mad at the world frequently. Try counting your blessings, gaze at the Las Trampas Hills, go for a hike on Shell Ridge or Mt Diablo, ride a bike along the Iron Horse Trail with someone you love and have a coffee at Peets or breakfast at Vally Medlyn's....I bet years ago the skies seemed a bit more blue for you and I hope one day they will again. Do you really want to be the town miscreant who rages against everything? If that is your gig so be it, but remember it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile.....not to be inappropriately personal, and I respect your right to opinions of course, but sometimes objective feedback can help one reset their personal gyroscopes...

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Posted by Rick Pshaw
a resident of Danville
on Jun 3, 2010 at 11:36 am

The list of contract bidders is on the Town website. I don't know if any of them are "local", but it wouldn't surprise if none of them are.

The reason for this is the Town's atrocious reputation for arbitrary and nonsensical building standards from the building department. I know of many contractors and architects who specialize in home remodeling and new residential construction who won't touch a project in the Town.

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Posted by Rachel
a resident of Danville
on Jun 4, 2010 at 1:56 am

This building has had a curse on it from the day in January when the old growth trees around it were cut down. Those trees had powerful life energy which is now directed in a malevolent manner toward those who enter, work in, or use the Veterans Memorial Building. I would not want to be the contractor who takes this on this project.

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Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet
a resident of another community
on Jun 4, 2010 at 8:56 am

Ralph N. Shirlet is a registered user.

Dear Emily,

Your headline creates so many humorous questions for corridor neighbors.

First, what name did the town give the contractor. Neighbors' polling suggests Priscilla would be a nice name.

Second, what exactly is a town when it is a city under State general and municipal laws? Neighbors' polling suggests that Danville consider a name change and call itself a village to add quaintness!

I vote for the Village of Priscilla,

The ROFL in Ralph N. Shirlet

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