MP Village withholds sidewalk project payment

By on July 24, 2009

Maple Park officials want to make sure all work finished
by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARK—Maple Park has better, and more, sidewalks since a two-year improvement project costing more than $300,000 was finished recently, village officials said. However, they decided to postpone final payment to the contractor, Strada Construction Company, after hearing a resident’s complaint.

The village temporarily will withhold the last payment, $9,970, to the Addison, Ill., contractor, “so areas of concern can be addressed first,” Village President Kathy Curtis said.

Kent Signorella, 109 State St., said the contractor poured cement over a water main valve under the sidewalk along his property and left a trip hazard, and left another segment of sidewalk “sticking up half an inch.”

“I suggest we don’t make final payment,” Signorella said.

The Village Board tabled a motion July 7 to approve final payment to Strada under the $96,315 contract trustees approved in April for Phase II of the sidewalk improvements.

“I still want us to pay (Strada) in a timely manner, but not until the work is done,” trustee Mark Delaney said.

Strada also did Phase I of the sidewalk project, completing it last November; the village paid the company $194,378 for that work in February.

Both phases included replacing sidewalks in the village that were cracked or broken by tree roots, and installing them in areas where sidewalks had not previously been, trustee Cheryl Aldridge said.