GENESEO – Mayor Richard Hatheway told the Geneseo Merchants Association at a special meeting on Wednesday that after a summer of headaches and unforeseen complications, the water and sewer main replacement project originally planned to be completed by the end of August is in its final phases, and a layer of temporary binder pavement is planned to be in place by Friday, Oct. 2, to be finally paved with permanent asphalt in June 2016.
Representatives from several Main Street businesses, including Touch of Grayce, Cricket’s Coffee Company, and Image Empire Salon took the opportunity to ask the Mayor long-standing questions about the Village’s plans for the project, starting with why the street is not to be paved with permanent asphalt until June 2016.
“Let’s not take this time to talk about past transgressions, just look forward at what is to be done,” said Mayor Hatheway. “All the way from the fountain to North Street is planned to be paved with binder by Friday, and we won’t really notice a difference. As far as the permanent coat, there was a big depression in front of [Cricket’s], and Jason [Frasier] thought, ‘why don’t we just put this temporary fix on it and pave it in May or early June?’ That gives it all a chance to settle, as that excavation was a good deal larger than anticipated.”
The Mayor added that there have been several unforeseen problems, including the discovery of five petroleum tanks under Main Street where there were believed to be two, that have cost the Village extra money and the contractor Nardozzi Paving extra time. The Village is under negotiations to recover some funds from Nardozzi Paving for going over contract.
“Things went awry, and this really is an urban environment even though we think of it as little old Geneseo,” said Mayor Hatheway. “There’s stuff underground that we didn’t know about, like service lines, electric, and five gas tanks where there were only thought to be two. We did have to give Nardozzi more money for removing more tanks. We are under negotiations with Nardozzi if they will repay the Village for going over contract, and everyone is being held accountable.”
Mayor Hatheway added that he is unsure if the grinding and paving will be affected by this week’s rain, but confirmed that Nardozzi will take the time from now until June to beautify Main Street including installing stamped concrete crosswalks near the bear fountain.
“They have to grind off some of the top before paving, it looks like they’ve gone down about a foot or 18 inches, and they have to put some plastic stuff on top of it followed by the coat of binder, and I don’t know if the rain affects that work or not,” said Mayor Hatheway. “But something the Village Board always really wanted was stamped concrete crosswalks. The Board thought the one thing the merchants had to look forward to was some beautification, so we will be doing that next week. Everybody’s put up with enough, and it wouldn’t make sense if there’s no beautification.”