To the Valley News:
This past April the Elizabethtown Town Board initiated the final phase of our town water project, which is intended to install new water meters in all 400 residences within the water district. It’s part of the same grant that paid for the water project.
Meetings occurred with the same engineering group that did the overall water project. It was assumed that the final phase was simply a continuation of the same project and since those engineers had all the records and plans, that they were the logical choice. They submitted a bid of $50,000.
However, by July Supervisor Bartley decided to go in a different direction and apparently solicited a bid from a different engineering group. I say solicited because the Board never had a discussion or made any resolutions to go out for bid on the job; we didn’t talk about it at all. But by the August 21st meeting a bid proposal from a different engineer was presented to the Board by Deputy Supervisor Martin. The new engineer group was not a part of the original water project. This new bid was for $56,128, which, of course, is over $6,000 higher. It was approved.
Try as I may, this makes no sense to me and I urge the Board to reconsider.