Niagara Gazette

June 25, 2013

Lewiston Road project costs rise, but end is in sight

By Justin Sondel
Niagara Gazette

The end of the Lewiston Road project is in sight for the city.

The city council approved a resolution from Mayor Paul Dyster's office calling for a change order that would pay the project contractor Accadia Site Contracting, Inc. $204,000 to perform corrective work, one of the final steps on the job.

"My guess is that as soon as this gets approved you'll see them move toward the completion of the project," Dyster said.

Paul Marinaccio, the president of Accadia attended a May 28 council meeting where he expressed concerns about work performed by the former contractor Man O' Trees, Inc. The company was kicked off the job by the city after a series of disagreements and work stoppages.

The city has sued Man O' Trees seeking damages on the incomplete road project.

Dyster said the city will add the cost of the corrective work to the amount in damages it is seeking through the lawsuit.

"Of course we will be seeking to recover these funds as part of the damages from our previous contractor," Dyster said.

Marinaccio said he could not guarantee work done over the top of the former contractor's job and wanted the city to assume all liability on that part of the project.

He said he was only willing to go over the existing work if the city and its construction management consultant Wendel Duchscherer were willing sign off on that plan during the May meeting.

Susan Sherwood, a representative from Wendel Duchscherer, said that after engineers went out to the site to test the existing work they were able to determine exactly how much of the work will need to be repaired.

"We couldn't correct it by just milling the top layer," Sherwood said.

Accadia will have to mill and repave much of the remaining stretch of road, Sherwood said.

The city, contractor and project management firm worked together to determine the best course of action going forward, she added.

"Everyone was in concurrence with the approach," Sherwood said.

Council Chairman Glenn Choolokian said it is good to hear that the project, which started four years ago, appears to be coming to an end.

"The nightmare that the people of DeVeaux went through the last four years, I didn't want that to happen again," he said.

The repaving of Lewiston Road has been a topic of concern for as long as Choolokian can remember and it is important to make sure it is done correctly this time.

"This is probably the last time we're ever going to see it done in my lifetime," he said. "I want to see it done right."

In other council news:

• The council approved a resolution to award a contract to repair the roof at the Walnut Avenue Fire Hall to Joseph A. Sanders & Sons, Inc. The company came in with the low bid at $185,000. The project was previously funded but had been delayed because of financial issues related to the recently resolved gaming compact dispute between the Seneca Nation of Indians and New York state.

• The council approved a resolution to expand the city's road paving program. The new plan will boost spending on repaving by $1.5 million and is also a result of the resolution between the Senecas and the state.

•The council approved a resolution that will provide $4,100 to the Department of Public Works to pay for overtime for the city's forestry crew.