Town of Troy agrees to pay for ‘extra’ hours; recycling center reconfiguredTown contractor Cedar Corp. has requested compensation for extra work that was needed during the construction of the current comprehensive town plan. The board approved the extra payment at the town board meeting Thursday, May 13.
By: By Chris Hamble, Hudson Star-Observer
Town contractor Cedar Corp. has requested compensation for extra work that was needed during the construction of the current comprehensive town plan. The board approved the extra payment at the town board meeting Thursday, May 13.
The project started back in March of 2007, and Cedar Corp. projected that approximately 50 hours would be needed for completion of the project, which included road reviews and map making. The project was completed in April of 2009. After several revisions and extensions, however, Cedar Corp. had put in over 400 hours into the project, instead of the projected 50.
While they clocked in over 400 work hours, Cedar Corp. admits that they were not very clear in stating the extra time and compensation needed, and requested Thursday night to only be compensated for about half the time.
For the 200 hours charged, Cedar Corp. was asking for compensation in the amount of $11,162.86. While the town board was disappointed with the lack of communication, they did admit that the proposal “seemed reasonable.” Town chair Ray Knapp said the town “ended up with a good product.”
The town board voted to pay Cedar Corp. for the prior work in two pieces. The first half will be paid in June of 2010, with the remainder to be paid in January of 2011.
Recycling center remodel
Due to the current reconstruction of Townsvalley Road, the recycling center has been forced to reconfigure the current layout of equipment to accommodate traffic, and specifically, large trucks.
“We appreciate the service to the town,” said Knapp. “You really are good representatives of the town.”
After a brief review of the revamped recycling center, the town passed a motion to support the general plan to reconfigure the center. The recycling center will be coordinating with town contractor Cedar Corp., currently in charge of reconstructing the adjacent Townsvalley Road.
Supervisor Brian Schwab and Chair Knapp conducted the annual performance review of town clerk/treasurer Sharon Provos. Both Knapp and Schwab commended Provos for an excellent job, especially during recent stressful projects, such as voter registration, town revaluation and last summer’s lightning strike at the town hall. Along with the positive review, the board voted to give Provos a 2 percent raise, bringing her salary to $3,156 per month.
Constable Mel Hermansen provided his monthly report Thursday night, addressing the increased issues of the opening of several seasonal areas around the town, and the fishing opener.
“We had a good fishing opener over at the dock,” said Hermansen. “Although we’ve had almost no one over at Pemble’s access.” Hermansen attributes the lack of use to the recent string of mediocre weather.
While there haven’t been any major problems, Hermansen has agreed to bring up the issue of unleashed dogs in the town during the next constable’s meeting, to address some recent complaints.