Woodstock City Council has approved contracts for the $2.88 million renovation of the town of Comeau’s offices amid concerns over the materials to be used for a connector between an addition and an existing building.
A review by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recommended that the connector walls be made of glass to minimize visual impact and improve the Dutch Revival house’s chances of eligibility for listing on state or state registers historical places.
Council Member Bennet Ratcliff noted that although SHPO had received changes to the plans to reflect the glass walls, they had not yet approved it.
“I would prefer that we wait for SHPO to review the design of this glass wall before moving forward. I have no questions about the tender or the contracts, but I continue to want to see clarity of SHPO’s approval of the glass wall before approving these contracts,” Ratcliff said at the October 18 city council meeting. “I’m sure we all agree that what we want is for the historic preservation application to be strong and so I’m interested in seeing that before moving on to approving these contracts.”
Supervisor Bill McKenna said the contracts are only valid for 45 days and did not know how long it would take SHPO to approve the design.
“I would recommend that we go ahead – nothing will change in the contract based on the shipper’s decision. If they come back with a different design, there will be a change order, which will actually cost less money because it reduces the work up there,” McKenna said.
But Ratcliff said contract approvals should be filed until SHPO responds.
The tabling motion failed 3-2, with Ratcliff and council member Maria-Elena Conte voting for the table and McKenna and council members Laura Ricci and Reggie Earls voting against.
The contracts were approved 3-2, with Ratcliff and Conte also voting ‘no’.
Under Section 101 of General Municipal Law, known as the Wicks Law, any project over $500,000 must have a general contractor and separate contractors for HVAC, electrical, and plumbing work.
The general contractor is One Way Construction Services Inc of West Hurley for $1,885,727. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is Marlboro’s DJ Heating & Air Conditioning Inc for $428,000. CDE Electric Inc of Cairo is the $368,000 electrical contractor. The sole bidder for the plumbing was S&O Construction of Pleasant Valley for $195,675.
The total cost is $2,877,402, below the $2.9 million cap imposed by municipal authorities.
The renovations, designed by Walker Architecture, will make the offices ADA compliant and accessible by bringing all public spaces to the first floor through an addition at the rear of the main building.