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GOWANDA OKS ADDITIONAL PAYMENT FOR ROAD WORK

Village of Gowanda officials have authorized an additional payment of $3,000 to Mark Alianello, village project engineer for the recent Department of Transportation road reconstruction.

Alianello's original contract agreement for $25,000 was not enough to cover expenses during the recently-completed road-improvement project, said village clerk Kathy Mohawk.

"He would not agree to finish the paperwork needed to obtain the remaining $150,000 in grant funds unless he was paid the additional fee," said Ms. Mohawk, adding the board reluctantly agreed Monday to pay.

Grant funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission's Rural Development Program will pay remaining costs for contractors who participated in the DOT project to reconstruct four village roads, said the clerk.

But there is a question of increased costs for road paving done by C. Destro Development Inc., Ms. Mohawk said.

"The original contract for paving was $63,000, but we've received bills for $96,000 and $98,000. The board decided to hold up payment until the matter is cleared up," she said.

A $9,700 final payment to J.D. Northrup Construction will not be paid until sink holes along residential lawns on Commercial, South Water and Hill streets are filled in next spring, the clerk said.

In another matter, officials approved submitting a Community Development Block Grant application for funds to cover costs for a comprehensive master plan in conjunction with the Town of Collins.

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