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Town Board Approves Resolutions For Downtown Revitalization, Germonds Park And TV Studio

Bonding for salt storage structure and drainage improvements authorized

Clarkstown Town Board members voted on Tuesday night to amend the agreement with Behan Planning Associates and Maser Consulting for design services in conjunction with the Main Street Revitalization Project. The original agreement provided for the professional planning, design and engineering consultants to be paid an amount not to exceed 14 percent of the total construction cost of the project or $2.4 million. 

The actual cost of Phases I and II and Congers Road work wound up being higher than anticipated, resulting in the consultants providing additional services. The amended agreement provides for the firms to receive a total payment of $2.6 million. The resolution also noted that according to an October 6, 2009 agreement, Rockland County was responsible for paying up to $2 million of the costs associated with the work on Congers Road. 

A second resolution approved by the board also dealt with Behan’s services for Phase III of the Revitalization Project. The firm, which has a New City office, submitted a proposal on June 29 “to provide construction administration and observation services.”  The board authorized the supervisor to enter into an agreement for those services that would cost no more than $290,000. 

Maser Consulting of West Nyack also received approval for up to $800,000 of construction administration services for Phase III of the project. Its proposal was dated May 31.

Additional funds to complete the Town Hall TV studio and records storage area were approved by board members.  They authorized Supervisor Alex Gromack to amend the agreement with Lorencin Contracting of New City and add $105,600 for additional shelving, lighting, ceiling repairs and carpeting and $16,991 to the contract with DCAK Architecture of Nyack for HVAC system modifications, structural modifications and specifications and consultation regarding the purchase of AV equipment. 

The resolutions state the fees are “within the budgeted amount for the project previously approved by the town board and shall be offset by the PEG grants from Verizon and Cablevision.

In response to a resident’s question about the opening of the TV studio, Gromack said he expected it would be put into use in 2013.

Contracts with the same two firms were modified for their work on the police department’s communications room.  DCAK’s agreement was amended for an additional $57,665 for design modifications while Lorencin’s was amending by $105,600 for change orders. 

The need for additional work at Germonds Park Ballfield cost the town approximately $12,000 more.   The board approved a change order for West-Con Contracting of Tuckahoe in the amount of $3,090 for additional drainage.  The firm’s initial bill for its field expansion work totaled $419,166 for bids approved in January and September 2011.

Paul Bitts Co. of New City and Yaboo Fence of West Nyack received payments of $7,400 and $1,500 respectively for correcting the water main and fencing.

Two bond resolutions gained approval. The resolution for $133,000 provides for the construction and installation of a salt storage structure. The resolution for $430,000 covers various drainage improvement projects in the town.

Mary July 27, 2012 at 10:02 AM
There is always "additional" work... When is this spending going to stop? Bonding, bonding and more bonding. Maybe now that we'll have a town hall TV studio all town board meetings will be televised. "PEG grants from Verizon and Cablevision"...this is money that YOU are paying every month...check out your bills.. All of these projects are being done with OUR money...there are 5 people that vote on how to spend OUR money... This is getting ridiculous...we can't afford to do all that they are doing...
Mike Hirsch July 27, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Mary, Speaking only for myself, and being in the minority on this point, I think it is good business to borrow when borrowing costs are at historic lows, and good business to invest in infrastructure when contractors are working for overhead only, so I agree with Alex and the Town Board on spending my tax dollars on infrastructure in this economic climate. My beef with them is that they do not understand how to run Clarkstown Inc as well as successful companies in the private sector run their businesses. Any good CEO knows that you do not want to have a large cash surplus on hand. It invites laxness and becomes a target for any group looking for more (witness the last PBA arbitration award, where the PBA was granted a huge increase in part because ot "the town's ability to pay". I am fearful that the judge in the Palisades Mall tax cert case may also lean towards the Mall because of the town's $20 million cash political slush fund sitting in the bank earning close to 0% interest. Any qualified CEO in the private sector would cut payroll, overhead, and expenses. They have been doing just that for the past 5 years. It is time for Alex, as the CEO of our non-profit $130 million Clarkstown Inc Corporation to go to business school, or at least take a tutorial from some of the successful businessmen in town such as Burt Steinberg or Mike Aglialoro.
Watchdog July 27, 2012 at 12:03 PM
I count 11 people in that photo andnot one picked up a shovel. Do we need to pay salaries, health care, pensions to 11 people to CHOOSE the people who do the work? What does Ed Lettre do anyway if these eleven people are the ones responsible for CHOOSING the people who actually do the work? BORELLI talks about the excessive bonding but is front line of photo now claiming credit for the bonding that he said was already too high.
allan erps July 27, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Mary is 100+++% right! ENOUGH ALEX!!
Watchdog July 27, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Pardon me Mike, it sounds a little contradictory to say you should not keep a cash slush fund and turn around and say the Twn should borrow because Interest rates are low. If you have cash earning ZERO INTEREST, as you say then why borrow ANY MONEY even if the interest rates are low? BTW the slush fund is kept to benefit Town Employees not Town Taxpayers. A
Patchy McPatchigans July 27, 2012 at 01:04 PM
why does the town need a TV studio?
Mary July 27, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Good question...maybe someone will give us an answer...
Mary July 27, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Mike: Here's Clarkstown's 2012 budget... http://town.clarkstown.ny.us/PDF/2012.pdf If you go down to page 90 you will see the amount we are currently paying in INTEREST ONLY on the debt that we're borrowing that you think is such a great idea.
Mike Hirsch July 27, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Dog and Mary, I think we should retire as much old debt (where we're paying the higher interest rates of 10 years ago) as possible with our cash surplus.
Mike Hirsch July 27, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I don't think it's a studio. I think it's a hookup to be able to broadcast the town meetings live. That's an easy way for those that don't want to come to the meetings but still want to be informed to see what their "elected" representatives are doing. The town has been dragging their feet on this for years because they would rather not have the light of day shown on their work. They keep their jobs by having the electorate stay comatose. Thank you, Steve Levine, for pushing this point.
they need a tv studio to perhaps film "clown movies and videos..like in real time!!!!!!!and after looking at the pictures they better make sure they have WIDE SCREEN CAPABILITIES
they can film a new show maybe call it the "clowntown comedy hour"
or produce a show 'how ro recycle copper gutters
Ken McQuade July 27, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Before a TV hookup how about following through and replace the clogged and crumbling culvert down on Old Haverstraw Rd.
stephany August 31, 2012 at 08:06 PM
$105,600 for additional shelving, lighting, ceiling repairs ADDITIONAL !!!!!! ON TOP OF ORIGINAL!!!!!!
Rita J March 26, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Who is Lorencin Contracting? They are not listed as licenced in Rockland., Yet are located in New City. Haverstraw also just gave them a $70,000. Contract for a roof at the concession stand at Bowline. $70,000.00! Must be some roof!

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