Glen Cove City Council will consider expanding 'on call' contractors list

Glen Cove City Hall is shown.

Glen Cove City Hall is shown. (Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

The Glen Cove City Council is to vote Tuesday on 15 "on call" contracts for public works services.

Mayor Reginald Spinello proposed the expansion of the number of such contracts the city has for work "should the need arise."

"These are people that we won't necessarily be giving work to, but they will be on-call contractors and approved to do work for us," Spinello said.


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The city posted most of the proposed contracts on its website. Those contracts set maximum hourly pay rates of up to $175 for employees of the firms.

The scope of the work varies by firm and includes site development and surveying; architectural work; traffic engineering; civil and mechanical engineering; contract administration and electrical work.

Spinello said that public works director James Byrne assembled the proposed contractors to be considered. All but two of the firms also have current contracts with Oyster Bay Town, where Byrne was parks commissioner before retiring from that post in 2012.

The city typically has three or four such "on call" contracts, Spinello said last week.

A message left with Byrne was returned by Spinello's chief of staff, Zefy Christopoulos, who did not respond to questions about the contracts and contractors selected.

Brian Butry, spokesman for state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, said that if the on-call contracts are for professional services, such as engineering, they are not subject to competitive bidding procedures.

"In general, they should require an RFP [Request for Proposals], but from a legal perspective, not required," Butry said in an email.

The area contractors are: Nelson & Pope Engineers & Surveyors LLP; The LiRo Group; de Bruin Engineering P.C.; John A. Grillo Architect P.C.; Newport Engineering P.C.; O'Connor-Petito LLP; Lizardos Engineering Associates P.C.; Lucchesi Engineering P.C.; Cashin Associates P.C.; Schneider Engineering PLLC; Lockwood, Kessler & Bartlett Inc.; L.K. McLean Associates P.C.; David Swift Architect LLC; Douglas Wilke, Architect-Engineer; and B. Thayer Associates.

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