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Collapsed retaining wall to be fixed

October 25, 2013

LAKE PLACID - Village officials are looking to fix a retaining wall that collapsed two weeks ago at the firehouse.

Village Mayor Craig Randall said the wall was constructed from used railroad ties that weren't tied well into the hillside they were holding back.

Kubricky Construction, which is in the village doing work on other projects, gave the wall a look and submitted a proposal, stating that it would cost the village $69,120 to do the work, Randall said.

Trustee Peter Holderied said the wall could be shortened by a foot, which would knock $10,000 off that cost.

That still would be too high a price for the village to hire Kubricky without putting the project out to bid from other companies first, Trustee Jason Leon noted. Anything costing more than $35,000 needs to be put out to bid, village Attorney Janet Bliss told the board.

Randall suggested it might be considered an emergency situation, but Bliss said it couldn't.

"Technically, an emergency is something that has to be done tonight," she said.

Holderied said if the project needs to be put out to bid, then the village's engineer, Ivan Zdrahal, would need to put together specifications to describe what needs to be done. That would add 10 percent to the cost, Randall estimated.

Holderied said he would contact the necessary department heads to put it into motion.

Contact Jessica Collier at 891-2600 ext. 26 or jcollier@



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