Collins approves new contractor for shelter

COLLINS – The park shelter in the town park is on its way to being complete. The town board recently approved a contractor to complete the open air shelter.

In order to complete the shelter, the town has approved contractor John Smigiel, who previously worked on the town hall, at a cost not to exceed $4,100. The town previously hired Wiedeman & Sons to complete the 30 foot by 40 foot structure this past July for $11,000. It was announced at a previous board meeting the company had gone out of business. The town had paid just over $8,700 to them while they were in business.

According to Supervisor David Tessmer, the town still has $2,285 left from the original bid for Wiedeman & Sons. With the payment to Smigiel, the town will complete the project at $1,814 over the original bid of $11,000. When the project first went out to bid, only one other bid was received in addition to Wiedeman & Sons for $16,243; the completed park shelter total will still be $3,428 less than this other original bid, Tessmer said.

In other business, the town approved donating $250 to Southtowns Rural Preservation Company Inc., to complete a needs assessment. A motion to join the Southtowns Community Enhancement Coalition and pay the $1,000 annual dues was carried. Gowanda Superintendent Charles Rinaldi gave a presentation to the board regarding the progress of the school budget.

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