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Skaneateles fire station reconstruction won't cost residents

Fire station reconstruction won't cost residents

By Paul Anbro

The subcontractor responsible for "defective workmanship" on the new Skaneateles fire station will fix the mistake for free.

Cracks on the station's foundation mortar red flagged project inspectors. The village has poured $4.8 million into the facility already. The cracks could have caused problems down the road, according to Skaneateles Mayor Bob Green.

Village and town officials talked with subcontractors from Mascorp, via a planning board meeting with the general contractors Christa, about the problematic mortar joints and the subcontractor agreed to re-do it all, brick-by-brick. The building is located in the corner of Route 20 and Route 41 in the southern part of the village.

Project officials estimate a little less than half of the bricks for the three-piece station were laid.

"They were just about finished with the apparatus bay on the facility," Green said. "But then it came down last week after we found there wasn't enough mortar at the joints of the foundation."

Other local officials were pleased with the efforts.

"We threw a construction manager at it, asked for relief of problem and this is what we came up with," said Skaneateles Town Supervisor Phil Tierney. "Mascorp wasn't forced to re-do any work, but agreed to do it free-of-charge because of 'poor workmanship.'" And best of all, officials say, it shouldn't cost the town or village a cent.

"It shouldn't cost the town," anything Tierney said. "It's a contractor deficiency and thus there shouldn't be any budget implications for the town."

That goes for the village as well, Green said

Construction on the project began in mid-March. Mascorp owners could not be reached for comment.

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