Town likely to let cemetery wall contractor back out
RHINEBECK, N.Y. » The Town Board appears ready to let contractor Dean C. Ale Excavation out of a $148,207.87 contract to repair a 300-foot section of a stone wall at the town cemetery.
Town Supervisor Elizabeth Spinzia said during a board meeting Monday that inaccurate cost estimates for the work were provided to the roughly dozen potential bidders who attended a meeting about the project — a meeting that Ale did not attend.
Spinzia said the bidders were given a $300,000 estimate but that the actual figure was $150,000.
“All the bids came back at $300,000 ... except for one bid, and it was the only person who was not at the prebid meeting,” the supervisor said. “So this person is the lowest bid and the only one who came in anywhere near affordable [for the town] and ... doesn’t want to do it because he’s afraid he’s going to lose his shirt.”
Spinzia said Ale asked to be let out of the agreement after learning other bid-
ders had gotten an estimate
“If we do not return his bond, he will do the job. But he [would] rather we return his bond,” she said.
Ale could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Spinzia said providing the estimate amounted to “poisoning the well” and created a “debacle” for the town by essentially doubling the amount of most
Other than Dean C. Ale Excavation, the bidders were TJR Excavating Contractors, Con-Tech Construction Technology, Leo Boice and Sons, Bast Hatfield Construction, Precise Enterprises II, C.G. Stone, William J. Keller and Sons Construction, and Sun Up Enterprises. Their bids ranged from a low of $205,000 to a high of $519,300.
Cemetery Committee Chairwoman Suzanne Kelly previously said funding
for the project would in- clude a $75,000 grant from the Rhinebeck-based Frost Foundation, $50,000 from the town and $10,000 from the group Friends of Rhine- beck Cemetery.
Town Attorney Warren Replansky said the town could require Ale to do the job or forfeit a bond, which is 5 percent of the bid amount.
“He’s obligated,” Replansky said. “I never like to see a bid go to somebody who’s underestimated the proj- ect.”