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Babylon OKs bids for work at two ballfields

Babylon Town Hall, as seen on Dec. 14,

Babylon Town Hall, as seen on Dec. 14, 2011, at 200 East Sunrise Hwy. in Lindenhurst. (Credit: Carl Corry)

The Town of Babylon on Monday held an emergency board meeting to accept bids for electrical work at two town ballfields.

With the next scheduled board meeting three weeks away, a town spokesman said, officials wanted to act quickly to provide lighting for the town’s softball field at Town Hall in Lindenhurst and to refurbish lighting at Tanner Park in Copiague.

L.E.B. Electric Ltd., of Copiague, provided the lowest bids for both jobs. For the town ballfield, the bid was $317,797 for the work and $11,970 for additional empty conduits, pull boxes and other parts for future use. For the Tanner Park field, the company’s bid was $203,699 for the work and $86,215 for additional empty conduits, pull boxes and other parts for future use.

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In addition, the board approved change orders for work related to the Wyandanch redevelopment. For additional inspection, design and surveying services, the town approved an additional $295,000 to Mineola-based Sidney B. Bowne & Son LLP for work on the sewer line. This was the sixth change order since the company was awarded the contract in 2009, increasing the overall cost from $1.7 million to $2.9 million.

In addition, Sidney B. Bowne & Son was approved for $149,000 on a second change order for design, engineering and construction of a new Wyandanch Head Start building. The money is to be used for additional design and construction observation services. Since first approved last year, the overall cost has increased from $72,900 to $272,900.

At the meeting, the board also approved the removal of a portion of town code that forbids residents from cutting or removing trees “living or not living, whether standing or downed” without the written permission of the property owner. The law came to the town’s attention at the last board meeting, when a resident complained because his neighbor, citing the law, called the cops on him to stop him from trimming the neighbor’s overhanging tree.

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