Good Question: Why did Greece build it, tear it down, & build it again?

September 12, 2017 06:11 AM

Some of you who live in Greece have noticed something strange with a construction project going on near Town Hall.

A viewer asked Pat Taney why a large fenced in parking lot, which was constructed a few months ago, was recently torn down and is now in the process of being rebuilt again.

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This is part of the new multi-million dollar police department facility in Greece. Crews were just about finished building a police impound lot in the rear of the police department when they had to tear it down and start over.

"It was probably 80 percent done," Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich said.

Now it's back to square one.

"At first glance, it looks like a big waste of money," said Greece resident Bob Evans.

But before you judge, Reilich wants you to hear the entire story.

Taney: So walk us through what happened.

Reilich: During the construction, the project manager that oversaw the whole project brought to our attention that the gates were not meeting the specs of the original design.

They are special electronic gates which will secure critical evidence for criminal investigations that will be locked in the new police impound lot.

"It has to be protected as a chain of evidence," Reilich Said.

When the gates were found to be wrong, the project manager found other issues.

"They discovered there were some deficiencies in other areas so we instructed the contractor to remove the impound lot that he was in the middle of doing and to build it back to the specifications," Reilich told us.

Thousands of dollars wasted.

Taney: So is the taxpayer on the hook for this re-do?

Reilich: No. The contractor is eating the cost. No additional cost to the taxpayer. It was the fact that we were watching the contractor to make sure the taxpayers got all that they were paying for.

Taxpayers like Evans. 

"I feel better that I'm not paying for this mistake but I feel bad for the contractor. Everyone is trying to make a buck to get through the day. I am sorry he lost out but take it on the chin if it's his fault."

News10NBC spoke with the prime contractor who told us it was a sub-contractor, a fencing company, that made the mistake and confirmed that no additional money was charged to re-do the project. 

A new fencing company is working to complete the impound lot now.


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