Oyster Bay Town officials have approved changes to the seawall rehabilitation project at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, voting 6-1 Tuesday to permit the installation of paver walkways in conjunction with the seawall work.
Oyster Bay-based Woodstock Construction Company is to take on the paver work under the change order for about $535,000, according to the resolution that was tabled twice in two months before Tuesday’s vote.
Woodstock has a $1.4 million contract to repair the decades-old seawall, town officials said.
The dissenting vote at Tuesday’s town board meeting was that of Councilman Anthony Macagnone who said in an interview last week that concrete would be less expensive than pavers and that the walkway work should have gone out to bid.
Macagnone and Supervisor John Venditto last month engaged in a rare town board disagreement that ended with Venditto agreeing to retable the resolution first introduced on May 15 so Macagnone could gather all the data he needed to inform his decision.
Neither official commented about the project at Tuesday’s meeting.
Acting public works Commissioner Richard Betz has said the change order in the end saves the town about $50,000 by relieving the town of the need to install temporary walkways. The paver walkways had been part of a later phase of the park’s extensive face-lift.
Pictured above: Oyster Bay Town Hall