LISBON - Village Council continues to withhold final payment on the Jefferson Street-West Chestnut Street storm sewer projects until some remaining issues are resolved.
Village Solicitor Virginia Barborak recommended at this week's council meeting that members avoid the same mistake made in 2010 when they paid the contractors for the East Lincoln Way storm sewer project before the work was completed to their satisfaction. The village had a difficult time getting the contractor to return to redo the work to its satisfaction.
"I think we should have learned our lesson from the last project," she said.
The remaining unresolved issues as the village sees them involve two private property owners on West Chestnut Street. The first is the Persic residence, where a rare type of magnolia tree was removed during the project, and the replacement tree planted by the contractor was not the proper one.
The other issues involves Ed Day, who lives just off West Chestnut on Cedar Street and whose basement was flooded during the project. Barborak said the contractor, Dave Sugar Excavating, was to submit the claim to his insurance company, but she has yet to hear back on the status of the claim.
The Board of Public Affairs has already said it would write off any additional water expenses billed to Day because of the problem.
The remaining issue is Lisbon's need to correct an oversight by obtaining an easement from Day because some of the storm sewer work encroached onto his property. For this to occur, Barborak said the village's engineering firm, Dallis Dawson & Associates, needs to prepare an easement description, which has yet to occur. The village will then compensate Day for the easement.
She recommended withholding final payment to both contractors until the remaining issues are resolved, and council agreed.
In other action, council:
- Agreed to look into a proposal from Steve Cross of Infinite Synergy, the village's computer consultant, to install a new software program for the police department at a cost of $47,500. He said subscribing for a similar upgrade would cost the village $2,000 to $3,000 per month.
- Gave Fire Chief David Lewton permission to dispose of an unused utility trailer, which he estimated is worth no more than $300. He said Greg Shive is interested in purchasing the trailer.
- Advised Katherine Williamson, Pendleton Street, of the process she needs to follow to begin the process of closing the section of grass alley behind her house, which she has mowed since 1967. Williamson was told her petition will need the approval of the majority of affected property owners.