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Project delay worries S. Hill Water officials

Published June 24. 2011 05:00PM

A complication in the foundation plan and a lack of response from the Miller Brothers project manager who is responsible for the project have Summit Hill Water Authority officials and the engineer anxious about the timely completion of the project.

"The site is ready for the foundation to be poured, but the contractor recommended changing the foundation from a piling to a poured concrete one. I was provided with a sketch, but it did not address some of the issues it needed to including items such as making sure the foundation is below the frost depth," said engineer Mike Tirpak who is monitoring the project on behalf of the authority.

Tirpak said he communicated this to Miller Brothers' project manager who is coordinating the solar field installation, but the project manager has remained elusive. "I've emailed him and called him for a week and he has not returned my calls. We need to get this job done and are up against the clock. It's already a week behind and it will start to cost us money if we go past the deadline for completion."

Chairperson Louis Alexander expressed his displeasure at this news and lack of professionalism on the part of Miller Brothers' employee. "Let them know we are gravely concerned about this delay and the inability to speak with the person in charge of this project. We need to get this project done on schedule."

Tirpak said his next course of action will be to escalate his concerns by registered letter to the owners of Miller Brothers to let them know how their employee's inaction and unresponsiveness is endangering the timely completion of the project.

"I approved the release of the check for the payment of the solar panels and sent out the letter for the grant," Tirpak said. He indicated there was conduit to lay and other tasks to perform at the site, but the foundation is critical to the timely completion of the project. Without it, the rest of the field cannot be installed.

Tirpak said it comes down to the simple fact that if the field is not completed by the deadline agreed upon, the authority could incur a $1,000 daily penalty until it is finished.

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