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Here’s The Scoop….SIDEWALK STUPIDITY

Full disclosure…this writer has a home on Washingtonia Ave….and unfortunately a front row seat for the ongoing Seagrape Drive Fiasco!….

In this writer’s opinion…all the parties are “not playing well with others”…

This includes….

The ex- Town Planner…now known as the Engineer of Record Walter Keller…with one foot out the door…knowing this is his last LBTS job….

The Town Administration…who were the unfortunate bunch left with the mess passed on from the previous administration….

The Contractors…waiting for payment…waiting for direction…dealing with angry residents….and at times appearing to be lacking in workers……

The residents…including this writer….caught in the middle…of the above mentioned “players”… and the Commissioners..who allowed this all to happen…….

A little catch-up….at the last commission meeting….direction was required by Walter Keller…as previously posted…he walked away with none!….

Next day…a call from Assistant to the Town Manager John Olinzock….

He states to this writer…about getting no direction from the commission….It is not HIS job to walk back to the podium to REMIND the commissioners they gave him no direction….HUH?…

John informs me that Walter has sent a direction anyhow to the contractor…a copy is available …if I do not receive anything….

Next day…the Project Manager Mark Levine is in front of my house….I rush over…they are measuring…

I inquire on the direction received by Tenex from the Engineer of Record Walter Keller….

the direction given….”It is now between Tenex and the residents!”… YIKES!…

Mark Levine says he will contact me about a cost for a retaining wall…he seems a little preoccupied…could be because he is on his cell phone…telling whomever is on the other end…he is in town waiting for a check from John…HMMM…(could that be John Olinzock?)….

Mark Levine is unaware that my driveway is 1 inch pavers over concrete…although this homeowner made that known at the outset…

Mark Levine said he told the Engineer of Record to leave the driveway….and put the sidewalk up to it on either side…Walter Keller said NO…

Mark Levine said…this driveway is going to be tough to do….CHA-CHING!….

Mark Levine says that they are still waiting on Comcast….and were told to get the sidewalks in ASAP …

No matter that the result will be a sidewalk with different coloring…due to separate pours!…

This week the framing went up…the sidewalk is about to be poured today…….get ready residents…taxpayers….for two colored…”piece-meal” sidewalks….NICE!

Not only will it be two colors…but it will include the whole electric pole to the east of my driveway…cutting out a foot of the use of the sidewalks!…….

Mark Levine says ADA allows a pole to be in the sidewalk…with 3 feet left over…SURPRISING!…

The big Comcast box…whenever they arrive to move it…will be in the swale…as the Engineer of Record told me …Comcast cannot put it on private property!….Not if but…When…. will a car hit it?…..

Each of the “parties” are badmouthing the others….and this expensive sidewalk project…just continues to be a mess….WOW!….

Thanks again…..to the incumbents…..McIntee and Silverstone….

UPDATE:….Mark Levine has called……the two-tone sidewalks…are a given…my driveway will be pulled up on Monday…….the pole will be in the sidewalk….leaving a 3 foot sidewalk….Comcast will have to put the box in the swale…probably 6 months out …..for it to be moved and the sidewalk completion…….and the retaining wall…he is working on…for them to put in after the sidewalk…..

Thanks…Mark….this homeowner knows how you feel…..FRUSTRATED!….

more to come….

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