BERLIN - The Berlin-Peck Memorial Library elevator installation project received an additional $40,000 from the Town Council last night, after unforeseen issues caused delays in the work.
According to Facilities Director Doug Solek, the workers ran into old rock and dirt that needed to be excavated.
“We had a couple of surprises, to say the least,” said Solek.
The project was originally funded at $304,280, including a 10 percent contingency, and awarded to J.A. Rosa Construction of Wolcott at a July council meeting. It was initiated as a way to make the library ADA compliant and provide access from a lower level parking lot, through the community center below the library, Library Director Helen Malinka said during the July meeting.
Funding for the project was initiated by way of a $125,000 grant obtained by Library Director Helen Malinka in November 2016, which had a 18-month completion time limit in order to receive reimbursement.
The project was expected to be completed by Feb. 1, 2018, but acting Town Manager Jack Healy said he expects a little pushback with that.
The remaining money came in the form of donations and reallocated funds from a future library technology project.
“You couldn’t find any fossils?” asked Mayor Mark Kaczynski.
The new funds come from the the Public Building Contractor Service and Projects Account, which is intended for these purposes, Healy said.
Future projects won’t be omitted as a result of the move, but may need to dip into the contingency account at the end of the year if enough money isn’t available, he added.
The Friends of the Berlin-Peck Library, which sells used books below the library in the community center, has been closed during the project, since that is where it is going.