By Justin Sondel
Niagara Gazette — Work on Lewiston Road will continue on schedule and is expected to be completed this summer.
The city council voted to pass a measure that will allow Mayor Paul Dyster's office to execute a change order on the contract with Accadia Site Contracting, Inc., the company that took over on the Lewiston Road project after the city kicked former contractor, Man O' Trees, Inc. off the job.
Dyster said that by signing off on the change order — which will add $130,000 to the city's $4.4 million contract with Accadia — the council has allowed the company to stay on track and finish the long-stalled project, putting an end to the frustrations of DeVeaux neighborhood residents.
"It's been a long and winding road," he said.
The change order will pay for corrective work — the milling out of old concrete and installation of new concrete — to fix work done by Man O' Trees that needed to be replaced, according to the resolution.
Dytser said last week the pavement sat exposed to the elements too long during the work stoppage and needs to be replaced and so the city will seek damages for the corrective work as part of its ongoing lawsuit with Man O' Trees.
Council Chairman Glenn Choolokian said he was concerned with how much the change order would cost the city considering the financial stresses that Niagara Falls is dealing with, but voted for the resolution — which passed unanimously — because the city will seek to have the former contractor pay for the work.
"We don't want to have to pay for something that was a mistake," he said.
Choolokian added that it is important to keep the project on pace.
"I don't want to slow that down," he said.
Donald Supon, a Lewiston Road resident in attendance at the council meeting, said he has been impressed with the job that Accadia Site Contracting has done since taking over on the job.
"I see that they are working and making progress," he said.
Supon said he is glad there is an end to the project — now nearly five years in the making — in sight.
"I'm confident in Accadia's ability to finish the job," Supon said.