|
|
|
The Times
  • Town council calls special meeting on Beaver Brook action plan

  • The contract for the completion of an emergency action plan for Beaver Brook Dam may not have to be put out to bid a second time.

    The Manheim Town Council last week unanimously passed a resolution to put the project out to bid again after Liverpool-based Barton & Loguidice informed the town they would have to increase the cost of their bid by $2,000 for the inclusion of an inspection and management plan.

    • email print
  • The contract for the completion of an emergency action plan for Beaver Brook Dam may not have to be put out to bid a second time.
    The Manheim Town Council last week unanimously passed a resolution to put the project out to bid again after Liverpool-based Barton & Loguidice informed the town they would have to increase the cost of their bid by $2,000 for the inclusion of an inspection and management plan.
    “This is a case of what happens when there are multiple agencies and municipalities involved on a project, as Chris Henry, of the National Resource Conservation Service, said an inspection and management plan was developed for the dam in 2008. If that plan is accepted by the Department of Environmental Conservation, then the emergency action plan will not have to bid again,” Manheim Town Supervisor John Haughton said during a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon.
    The town council has called a special meeting for Thursday at 2 p.m. at the town offices.
    “If the inspection and management plan is accepted, and if Barton & Loguidice agree to complete the emergency action plan for their original bid price of $9,600, then the council will vote to rescind its motion to put the contract back out to bid,” said Haughton. “I am hoping that is what happens, as I would like to see this put behind us. The town and village have other things they need to focus on.”
    Dolgeville Mayor Bruce Lyon on Tuesday afternoon was hopeful the project would move forward.
    “We have been braking our backs to get this done, so hopefully the DEC will accept the inspection and management plan and Barton & Loguidice will agree to complete the emergency action plan for the $9,600 they bid,” he said during a telephone interview. “The village board never voted to put the project out to bid a second time, so after the town rescinds its vote work should begin right away.”
    According to the contract, Barton & Loguidice would have 30 days to complete the plan — which regulations state must be prepared by a professional engineer and coordinated with local emergency managers. The contract also states the firm would receive half payment when the plan is submitted to the DEC and the remaining half payment when the plan has been approved by the state agency.
    The village of Dolgeville was put on notice by the DEC in January 2012 that it did not have an emergency action plan for Beaver Brook Dam on file in Albany. In response, and after months of debate over ownership of the earthen structure, the town and village in November agreed to each pay half the cost for the development of the plan. The request for proposals was issued in December and the contract to complete the plan was awarded to Barton & Loguidice in January.
    Page 2 of 2 - As for the $5,000 fine the village stands to receive from the DEC if the emergency action plan is not submitted, the board of trustees Monday evening voted to offer a settlement offer of $100.
    “To fine the village $5,000 when it is working hard, and has been working hard, to get this plan finished and approved is something I don’t agree with,” Lyon said Tuesday afternoon. “The village has been making progress on this ever since we were first notified, so any fine would be unfair. I hope Barton & Loguidice agree to honor their contract so we can get this finished with once and for all.”
    During Monday night’s village Board of Trustees meeting, Trustee Larry Brandow said if the $100 was not acceptable he would like to see the village go to a hearing with the DEC.
    “I would welcome the opportunity for the village to be able to present its case,” he said. “We have just as much evidence, if not more, that says we are not the owner of the dam than they have that says we are. I would like to know what an impartial judge would have to say on the matter.”

        calendar