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Huntington authorized to sue contractor over beach pavilion project

Huntington Town Hall in an undated photo.

Huntington Town Hall in an undated photo. Photo Credit: Alexi Knock

The Huntington Town board has unanimously authorized town attorneys to file a lawsuit against a Plainview construction company they allege botched a project at Crab Meadow Beach in Northport.

The board approved a resolution at its June 17 meeting to sue Wenger Construction Co., which rebuilt the pavilion, sundeck and roof at Crab Meadow Beach.

A representative from Wenger could not be reached for comment.

Wenger was hired as the general contractor and began work in 2009. The new pavilion was completed in 2010 by the opening of beach season, town officials said.

"Basically there are leaks and cracks that the town will contend in the suit were the result of the quality of Wenger's work on the project," said town spokesman A.J. Carter. He said on that the suit is still being drawn up. It was not clear when it would be filed.

A 2009 study revealed serious structural issues with the 1930s-era pavilion, mostly due to the effects of time, such as salt causing corrosion. The study concluded the old pavilion needed to be demolished and a new one built in its place, Carter said.

Since Wenger completed the job, Carter said, problems have developed that need to be addressed. The suit will seek reimbursement for all the town's expenditures, he said.

Repairs have not been completed, and the final cost of the damage is being calculated, Carter said.

Crab Meadow Beach is on Long Island Sound and is one of eight public beaches in town.

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