Third time’s the charm on Thomaston roadwork bid

Third time’s the charm on Thomaston roadwork bid

The Village of Thomaston approved John McGowan & Sons, Inc. to fix areas of Lee Avenue and Gilchrest Road on Monday night, after rejecting two bids at previous meetings.

Thomaston initially received roadwork bids from four different contractors: Stasi Industries, Inc. for $83,156, Stasi General Contracting LLC for $103,201, John McGowan & Sons, Inc. for $105,586, and American Paving & Masrony Corp. for $131,107.

The bid from Stasi Industries was rejected at the June 18 meeting in favor of the one from Stasi General Contracting due to a failure to provide necessary documents. Stasi General Contracting, however, did not submit bonds and documents detailing its insurance policies within four days, Mayor Steven Weinberg said.

“We had cancelled the bid for the roadwork for the village, which included Lee Avenue and Gilchrest, and awarded it to the next lowest bidder, if you will,” Weinberg said on Tuesday. “And so we’re going to be proceeding with the work with John McGowan & Sons, and that relates to the property on Northern Boulevard.”

Weinberg said that the repairs are related to the 805 Northern Blvd. project, a four-story office building which had a nearly decade-long construction period due to ownership shifts and cost overruns.

It’s now slated to open sometime in July, according to its leasing agents.

Weinberg also said there may also be a “minor change” in plans for another Northern Boulevard property: 661 Northern Blvd., the former site of Union Prime Steakhouse and Sushi, which will be the site of an expansion by nearby Audi Beiner.

“We still haven’t gotten it,” Weinberg said of the changed plans, which could change the building’s interior.

In unrelated business, Weinberg said the board also discussed implementing a new 25 mile per hour speed limit first approved on June 11 to areas of Colonial Road, Grace Avenue, Schenck Avenue, Shoreward Drive, and Susquehanna Avenue.

Additionally, the village is considering putting up a book depository where residents can exchange books.

The village board also approved moving an Aug. 13 board meeting to Aug. 6 and set a date of July 30 for a community forum on potentially repealing a law pertaining to the regulation of gas-powered leaf blowers in the village.

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