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Extra Fees Awarded for Chappaqua Parking Lot Construction

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - The New Castle Town Board officially ended business on 2011's South Greeley Avenue parking lot construction on Tuesday night, awarding an additional $48,360 to the original design engineering contract of Dolph Rotfeld Engineering.

Design and construction inspection fees cost the town more than anticipated due to storm water pollution prevention plans, printing costs, longer construction period, Saturday work, and modifications made to the designs.

Initially, the turnaround in the middle of the lot was strictly for cars, with trucks having to do the full loop. Trucks delivering to Chappaqua Paint and Hardware would park parallel to the building and unload on the ground.

When the hardware store owner informed Town Planner David Brito how much he relies on his loading dock, the plans were altered to allow trucks to use the turnaround space. A new drain was also added next to the concrete pad, which was contaminated.

"The project was already complicated with the many elements involved, but the contamination made the project much more complicated to coordinate," Brito said in a letter to the town board. "Weather and some other factors also necessitated more construction dates. These extra inspection days could not have been anticipated by Dolph upfront."

Despite the overrun, Brito said Rotfeld's fees were still very low by industry standards. According to Brito, design and construction fees represented 10 percent of the project, as opposed to it taking up 20 percent or more of a typical budget.

He also said that construction work was delivered exactly on budget at $918,000. "It was a very complicated construction project with some unexpected challenges," said Brito. "However, the Building & Engineering Department, with Dolph Rotfeld Engineering's help, managed it very tightly."

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