$60K bill for work outside Hadley library at issue

  • David Nixon, Hadley town adminstrator. STAFF PHOTO

Staff Writer
Saturday, September 07, 2019

HADLEY — Two invoices totaling around $60,000 for a project to repair water lines and a sidewalk on Middle Street near where a new town library is being constructed is causing concern over who is responsible for paying this bill.

Town Administrator David Nixon said Friday he is continuing to investigate how these unanticipated expenses, with the work done by the Department of Public Works and library building general contractor Orlando Annulli & Sons Inc., will be covered.

“We will have a solution,” Nixon said.

At the Select Board meeting this week, library officials argued that paying for this large expense shouldn’t come from the $8 million building project since no change order was ever issued or authorized.

“We certainly don’t have much to do with that bill,” said Jo-Ann Konieczny, chairwoman of the library trustees.

Konieczny said she wanted to make it clear to the public that the work was also not approved by trustees or the library building committee.

Nixon said he was previously informed by library trustees that the water line improvements shouldn’t be considered part of the building project.

“Clearly some sort of miscommunication or misunderstanding occurred,” Nixon said.

Nixon responded that evening that Konieczny’s view that the library should not be responsible for the expenses may or may not be accurate.

“Well that remains to be seen, doesn’t it?” Nixon said.

Karl Ferguson from DA Sullivan & Sons Inc., who is acting as clerk of the works, told the Select Board that emails sent in August outlined the scope of the work for the water lines and sidewalk project.

Library officials also contend that the water lines, while going past the future building, also extend to other parts of Middle Street and continue north on Route 47, where they serve many other users in town.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.