Streets Change Order Sparks Debate In Salamanca

SALAMANCA – A change order for street repairs in Salamanca sparked heated debate between city officials recently.

The order is not a simple adjustment for additional costs on materials, or another usual cause, according to Carmen Vecchiarella, city mayor. The crew that is doing work on streets in the city now has offered to add an entire additional street to the scope of their work, at the rate they quoted for the current work on Summit and Center streets.

“We didn’t budget for this,” said Kathleen Sarver, city comptroller. “That $173,000 has got to come from somewhere. I don’t have it in the budget.”

Determining from where that amount of money for an additional road would come was easy for Vecchiarella, however, telling Sarver that the funds would come out of the casino revenue share that the city still has. However, Sarver was not pleased with the answer.

“You can’t keep saying we are going to spend casino funds because eventually we are not going to have casino funds to spend,” she said.

The $173,000 construction project will be on South Main Street. The addition will be added on to the Northeast Diversification contract that already pays the firm out of Lancaster $449,997 for work being done to remake Center and Summit streets. The measure was approved unanimously by the council.

Members also voted to reject the lowest bid and go with the next lowest for the purchase of a new asphalt roller. The current one has reached the end of its life on the roads of Salamanca, according to Patrick Reed, works director.

The new roller will cost $35,857, about $3,000 more than the lowest bid. That bid was rejected, however, because the delivery date would have placed its arrival to the city outside the window to repair potholes and to do other road work, Reed said. The roller that will be purchased will be available to the city as early as the end of the week, allowing more patchwork to take place on streets that are in need of repair.

The roller being replaced will stay in the city’s arsenal, but will be relegated to rolling city parks and ball fields, ensuring the safety of the fields.