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Mary April 19, 2014 at 12:37 PM
This Town is pathetic. We all pay extra money each year in our tax bill to pay for improvementsRead Moreand the Town never sees them through to their completion. Perhaps these contractors should get a retainer and the rest of their money when we see whatever they are doing fully completed. Or we can do like they do in New Hampshire, get a completion date in writing. If you complete it on time you get a bonus, if they are not finished on time they have to pay back a penalty for each day the work is overdue.
TONY D April 19, 2014 at 01:28 PM
Mary - That would never happen in this State. Too many Contractors, Engineers, Architects haveRead Moretoo much influence on the politicians. The "Clerk of the Works" had the ability to withhold the retainer, or at least a good part of it, until the project was complete. No small piece of change. Probably in the range of $3 to $5 million. I'm not saying the retainer has been released but pressure has to be applied to get the project done. I have seen too many projects go uncompleted because retainer has been paid which eliminates any incentive for the GC and Subs to complete their work. And it all boils down to the GC and Subcontractors. Engineers and Architects all have wording in their contracts that absolve themselves of responsibility.
TONY D April 19, 2014 at 05:14 PM
All - Let's go a step further. Someone in authority in this Town certainly reads the PatchRead Morecomments. To that person(s), has the retainer on the TMHS project been released? If not, how much is being held so that the project will be completed in a timely manner? If it has been released to the GC etc., who authorized payment prior to the completion of the project. The retainer is the only thing the Town residents would have to fall back on to get the project done. In my over 50 years in the construction industry I have seen so many projects NOT completed and all payments made.
Barbara Jensen Saunders April 16, 2014 at 10:21 AM
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Mary April 16, 2014 at 11:49 AM
OMG, how sad! I hope the poor kitty did not suffer. I so agree, keep your kitties indoors forRead Morethei r safety.
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