Early-spring finish expected despite month delay
The Village of Bellport awarded a bid to Terry Contracting on Monday for the entirety of the Main Dock Project, which will take place over the winter season. The project has been in planning for over two years.
“We’re very happy to approve the bid,” said mayor Ray Fell.
Terry Contracting, of Riverhead, will be paid for its work $2,142,610, which was the lowest responsible bid. The other two companies considered were LoDuca Associates, Inc., of Blue Point, which bid $3,564,433 and G&M Earth Moving Inc., of Holbrook, which bid $5,560,000. Fell said the village would seek “progress payments” throughout the project from FEMA, which will reduce the final balance and therefore reduce the interest payment the village is required to make.
Fell said Terry Contracting has done projects at Cherry Grove, Ocean Beach, Fire Island Pines and some locations on the North Shore, and the board felt confident in choosing Terry. The final contract is being written; once it is signed, the work will begin, likely in the next few weeks. Though the village is about a month behind where it wanted to be in the project, Fell got assurance from Terry Contracting that there would be “absolutely” no problem completing the project by April 1.
“We can’t wait for the project to start,” Fell said.
ALSO AT THE MEETING
The village board decided not to move forward on adopting a code change which would establish a “no solicitation” list in the village. The issue was the subject of a lengthy public hearing at last month’s meeting. Fell said that although the board decided that a change should be made, it needed more time to address that change. The issue would need another public hearing to be considered again.
The village is participating in a Suffolk County damage report on the nor’easter from Oct. 10 and 11. The village reported $1.5 million worth of damage to six areas across the municipality. Since Suffolk was the only area impacted by the storm, the county needs to come up with the entire $30 million in damage required for a state emergency declaration, thus available for state repair funding. The pavilion at Ho Hum sustained serious damage and it is now considered to be unstable.
The Town of Brookhaven has offered to place a glass recycling location within village borders. Village Hall is currently considering all possible locations, as Fell expressed his concern of the noise associated with glass recycling and pickup.
The board also approved the rules presented at the October meeting, which would regulate the conditions under which a telecom company could install a 5G wireless facility.