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January 17, 2013

Municipal building costs shoot through roof

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As with any project, he said, unforeseen issues have contributed to higher costs and the need for immediate action by the building committee, which has been criticized for making decisions without full input from the board.

“I don’t hold any secrets,” Pivetta said as he encouraged residents to review public financial documentation regarding project expenses.

“My door is always open.”

‘COMPOUNDED PROBLEMS’

Pivetta said the project is in line with other municipal projects of similar size and said further delays in the project could result in even higher completion costs.

“We need to put a plan together and go from there,” Councilor William Chase said.

Officials are awaiting water-testing results to identify any possible problems with the water supply at the facility, and Bowman asked AES officials to provide a quote on what it would cost to survey the current construction and identify any problems.

Whitford said his firm can inspect and analyze the majority of the past work and provide recommendations if the board opts to request that at an additional fee.

“Because these problems weren’t being addressed, they’re being compounded,” said Councilor Lori Stacey, who took her concerns to the Press-Republican earlier so the public would be aware of the meeting.

“We need to find out what’s wrong first, and we need to fix what’s wrong.”

The project will be discussed further at a meeting set for 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Town Hall on Cook Street

in Dannemora.

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