MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The north entryway into the Town Hall on McAlpin Avenue in Mahopac will get a makeover this summer that will improve its aesthetics and the safety of those who use it.
The concrete walkway leading to the doors has become cracked and pitted, creating not only a visual blight but a potential tripping hazard as well.
“The north entrance to the Town Hall needs concrete repair,” said Supervisor Ken Schmitt. “It’s in horrible condition, it’s scaling.”
At the June 26 Town Board meeting, town engineer Rich Franzetti said that mason John Astrologo of Mahopac sent in the winning bid and was awarded the job at a cost of $14,200.
Franzetti said he originally sent out four requests for proposals (RFPs) to local masons, but only received Astrologo’s bid. Schmitt said that wasn’t adequate. The RFPs were sent out again and this time the town received one additional bid, although Astrologo’s bid still remained the lowest.
“Originally, we only received one proposal and the supervisor said that was not acceptable; he wanted more proposals just to make sure it was fair,” Franzetti said.
Franzetti told the board that money has been set aside for the project and noted that Astrologo has done work for the town in the past.
“I’ve been told there are existing funds for the project [in the budget],” Franzetti said. “John Astrologo has performed jobs for the town in the past, which were inspected by this department and we’ve always been satisfied with the workmanship, materials, and performance.”
Councilman Mike Barile has long been a critic of the Town Hall’s condition and said he was glad the project was moving forward.
“This is long overdue,” he said. “It’s a lawsuit waiting to happen.”
Schmitt said the southern entrance to the Town Hall will be repaired and remodeled next year.
“We can’t do them both at the same time because people have to get into the building,” he said, “but they both have to get done.”