FORESTVILLE - The opening of bids concerning the water project was scheduled to take place during the recent Forestville Village Board meeting. It was postponed and village resident Ron Lineman wanted to know why. The question came up in the workshop meeting held before the official board meeting.
The answer supplied by Samantha Kozlowski, deputy clerk and treasurer for the village, was that Eric Weiss, the engineer from Clark, Patterson, Lee who is overseeing the project, issues the bids. Weiss decided to extend the date and open the bids today at 11 a.m.
"He called each and every one of the bidders to find out if they wanted to change the bid or leave it as is," she said.
OBSERVER Photo by Diane R. Chodan
Ron Lineman questions the village board about the opening of bids for the water project. Originally, the bids were to be opened on Sept. 25 but that was postponed.
Weiss was going to make an addendum to the board resolution.
Lineman had two questions: why wasn't the bid extension in our official newspaper (the OBSERVER), and does the engineer have the "authority to override a board resolution."
Kozlowski offered to give Lineman Weiss' phone number.
"It is up to the board to straighten it out," he said. Beth Bowker, who was presiding in the absence of Mayor Charles Brewster, took notes about Lineman's concerns.
When the actual board meeting began, neither old business nor new business was on the agenda. There was no report from Street Supervisor William Bentzoni, who according to Bowker, was on vacation.
Bruce Hagmier spoke about the fire department, saying there had been 34 calls during the month of August. He asked that attention be given to pieces of equipment including repairs to the engine, brakes on the truck and the springs under it.
"I will bring this to Chuck's attention," Bowker said.
Questioned about why Brewster was not there, Bowker replied, "The mayor was not able to be here. I am conducting the meeting in his absence." Bowker said she was not sure of the reason for the mayor's absence.
Another member of the public asked about the progress of the audit and why the results are not available yet.
Bowker explained she had spoken to the accounting firm recently. The auditor had filed the report with her superior, and the superior thought some things ought to be emphasized over others and that is holding up the final report.
"The main goal is to get the books in order. ...They are starting with 2012 and going backward to get everything in order," Bowker said.
Trustees Linda Aures and Carol Woodward reported on the progress of the Forestville Fall Festival which is set for Oct. 6 and 7 and encouraged residents to support the festival. Many of the activities are housed in the high school.
Activities and events on Saturday include a historic display, pancake breakfast 8 a.m. to noon at the Methodist church on Park Street, pork chop dinner noon to 6 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima on Center Street, meat raffle at the J. Carter Knapp American Legion at 6 Cedar St. at 7:30 p.m. with free refreshments, silent auction and 50/50 raffle, scarecrow display, cupcake contest and auction, I-Got-It Game, children's activities, craft show, food vendors, and more.
Activities and events on Sunday include food vendors, scarecrow display, a craft show, children's activities, a chicken barbecue starting at noon at the fire hall, parade starting at 1 p.m., hula hoop lessons and demonstrations, I-Got-It game, and 5K Fun Run.
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