Price of Hollis Town Hall renovation climbing
During Monday night’s Hollis Board of Selectmen meeting, contractor Dean King of D. L. King and Associates shared the latest updates on the ongoing restoration project.
Brown said those requests included historic storm windows for the building’s second floor, interior siding along the fire escape, a handicapped ramp and foundation repairs.
“After seeing a sample window, I realized we didn’t communicate effectively with D.L. King,” Brown said. “Obviously, we don’t want to cover the stained-glass windows on the second floor with the typical storm windows used.”
Selectmen agreed the masonry portion of the project, which includes chimney work, would need to be further researched and with cold weather fast approaching, the best bet right now would be to wait until spring to complete any masonry work, including work on the building’s chimney.
Town officials overwhelmingly agreed that now probably isn’t the time to begin that segment of the project and that it might be prudent to seek additional project bids at this time.
The town has about $29,000 in Maintenance Building Repair funds that could be used to cover most of the unexpected costs, according to Assistant Town Manager Kim Dogherty.
“Quite frankly, this is outside the scope of the original work,” Vice Chairman Mark Le Doux said. “So we could end up having this appear as a warrant article (this March). Though I do support this expenditure, provided the townspeople approve it.”
“Why are we here at the final hour and getting charged extra?” Cadwell asked fellow selectmen.
“All of this should have been discussed earlier,” he said, noting that he felt D.L. King should honor the original price quoted, regardless of the misunderstanding.
“I don’t like it when people come into the middle of a contract and change the cost,” Manoukian added.
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