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Penfield Deck Expected to Open July 4

Chairman of Penfield Pavilion Building Committee Says Bathrooms, Showers and Limited Menu at Concession Stand Also Scheduled to be Available July 4

The deck at the new center and westerly wings of Penfield Pavilion is expected to be open July 4, according to the chairman of the building committee overseeing the construction project.

"The decks will be open, the handicapped ramps will be open, exterior bathrooms and showers will be open, the concession stand will be open," James Gallagher, chairman of the Penfield Pavilion Building Committee, said Friday afternoon.

Gallagher said the concession stand would have a limited menu of hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream and soda on July 4. He said both covered and uncovered parts of the new deck would be open, but interior parts of the pavilion's new wings aren't expected to be finished until July 11, with a ribbon cutting on the new pavilion tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. July 13.

Gallagher said the new pavilion has bathrooms accessible from outside the pavilion, which he said would be open July 4, as well as bathrooms accessible through a meeting room, which wouldn't be open July 4. "The brand-new bathrooms and showers constructed and accessible from the exterior will be open on the 4th," he said.

A temporary certificate of occupancy for the pavilion was issued late Friday afternoon by the town's Building Department, Gallagher said.

The $3.28 million project is on budget, Gallagher said. "We are completely within our budget. We haven't had to ask for any extra money for the project," he said.

The town's Board of Selectmen is scheduled to hear an update on the project at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Sullivan-Independence Hall.

The reconstruction of Penfield Pavilion's center and westerly wings fell months behind schedule due to town Department of Public Works' crews being pulled off the project to handle the snowy winter and due to excessive amounts of peat under the pavilion's older wings, which required more excavation than originally planned. DPW crews demolished the center and westerly wings and built foundations for the new wings.

But the building committee approved paying A. Secondino & Son, Inc. of Branford $136,040 in overtime to get the pavilion done by July 4. The overtime money came out of the project's contingency account.

Gallagher said the new parking lot planned for the pavilion, which includes porous pavement to soak up rain, wouldn't be done this summer because it would interfere with beachgoers' use of the pavilion. He said that work would start in September.

Jim Gallagher July 01, 2011 at 09:03 PM
The Building Committee is proud of this project and we thank the community for your support. We hope future generations will enjoy this great facility also. Heartfelt thanks to the Fairfield DPW, whose members worked tirelessly through the frigid winter months to make certain this plan became a reality.
fairfield newcomer July 01, 2011 at 09:07 PM
Mr Gallagher, Didn't the committee request and receive $130,000.00 for overtime so that the project would be finished for the July 4 weekend? Like all things Fairfield, the story isn't quite as a town official reports it.
Jim Gallagher July 02, 2011 at 12:56 AM
You are completely mistaken in your assessment. The Building Committee has asked for no additional funding. The entire project has been completed within our original budget. It is unfortunate that some folks just can't say thanks for a job well done. No more responses to anonymous naysayers.
Naysayer July 02, 2011 at 01:29 AM
You haven't asked for additional funding yet....that parking lot is looking kinda well how can I say this, crappy and the landscaping isn't exactly seagrass and seashells. Let's see if you can still say that when you close out the books.
Jennifer Hochberg July 02, 2011 at 02:47 AM
I for one am very excited for the opening! It has been a long time coming, and as one who spent many a day at Penfield over the years, plus worked 6 summers at the front desk in the pavilion (best summer job a high school, then college kid could ever have!), I can't wait! Thank you to the Building Committee, Fairfield DPW, & Parks & Recreation for contributing/promoting the rebuild/renovation of one of our town's well known landmarks. Well worth the wait! Jennifer Hochberg Member, RTM District 7
fairfield newcomer July 02, 2011 at 10:21 AM
Mr Gallagher, The article states that Secundino was paid $136,040.00 for overtime in order to finish by July 4, and that was in addition to the original contract. It is also not finished by July 4.
Concerned Fairfielder July 02, 2011 at 02:40 PM
I have again come to the conclusion that the RTM is useless. We need a charter revision to revise our system of government. Anyone who has sold or bought a house in the last 20 years knows of the potential cost of a leaking underground oil tank. There is absolutely no way - on a project as large as FMC to provide an accurate estimate or budget for the potential cost of environmental remediation. You would think a group of lawyers and realtors would know this! And to add – if you think any environmental contract would do the work without a “per unit basis” you are smoking crack. Any realtor knows this… The BOS, BOF and RTM is littered with them. RTM members have stated that they were not presented with the details of the final contract. On video tape, “Bateson the Third” and Walsh state that they were present at the BOS meeting where the contract was raise and voted on. Bateson stated he wanted it tabled. Walsh claims he was not sworn in until the end of the meeting. Two RTM members WERE present at this meeting – neither of them took the time or effort to request a copy of the revised contract. I am getting very tired of the excuses – well it you didn’t bring it to me, I DO NOT SEE IT. Get up from your seat and instead of walking to the microphone - do your homework. I am tired of paying for your laziness, protectionism, and ignorance!!!! By the way, being a VOLUNTEER is no excuse.

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