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Fredonia Ave. settlement comes up short PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mark Jaeger   
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 18:26

Officials who asked for $34,000 to help cover cost of road fix OK offer of $3,500 from engineering firm

Village of Fredonia officials weren’t happy about it, but they finally closed the book on the 2015 Fredonia Avenue reconstruction project.

Nearly a week after the village hosted a belated road rededication party, the Village Board approved a settlement with Ayers Associates, the engineering firm that worked with the village and county on the road project.

The settlement provides the village a reimbursement of $3,500, plus a credit of $3,500 for future engineering work.

Village officials and the engineering firm were at odds over costs associated with a design change made midway through the road reconstruction process.

After seeing the steep angles of several driveways, village officials asked that the centerline elevation be raised in a portion of the construction zone.

Those changes cost nearly $70,000, which the county said it would not help fund.

In March, village officials asked Ayers to pay for half of the additional cost, or $34,250.

The engineering firm resisted the request, saying the village and county had signed off on the road design. Representatives from the firm said they did not agree with the design changes ordered by the village.

In addition, the firm contended it incurred more than $32,000 in expenses it credited toward the project.

Including that amount and the settlement offer, Ayers calculated it has provided the village more than $39,000 in unbilled services.

“We value the Village of Fredonia as a client and want to continue our partnership far into the future,” the settlement letter said.

“But we also believe that Ayers has offered more than fair compensation to the village regarding this project.”

Along with the settlement offer, the firm asked that the village sign a release of liability agreement to prevent any future action on the road project.

Village President Don Dohrwardt said the offer from Ayers was apparently the best the village could expect.

“We looked out for our residents and made sure they got the road they wanted. It looks like we have gotten to the point where we need to let the chips fall where they will,” Dohrwardt said.

The board voted 4-3 to accept the settlement with Dohrwardt casting the tie-breaking vote. Supporting the deal were trustees Lisa Dohrwardt, Kris Roden and Ryan Mueller.

Voting against the settlement were trustees Jill Bertram, John Long and Neil Wagner.

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