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- I remember a meeting when I raised concerns about the panel covers on the boilers. It was also a concern of Mike Distefano and Rob Albert at the time. There were only 2 boilers installed and the clearances of the open doors was in question. You asked Doug “ in your professional opinion, what do you think.” He of course didn’t give a professional opinion, just an opinion so he could move on with the boilers, as we ALL know. You then looked at me and said, “ if you feel strongly about it, we can take it up with the errors and omissions, at the end of the job, we need to finish this.” WHAT DID THAT GET YOU?? 6 wrongly installed boilers later.
- Just before I resigned in disgust, I attended a job meeting in September at Central office in which you and Doug, and HT [Howard Thiery] and Joanne [Nesti] and Eileen Blewittt were in attendance with most of the sub contractors. When the disappointment about the solar panels came up , I listened to the problems Shea was having with the manufacturer. I then waited my turn and shared that you sent me the submittal sheet for the panels , I forwarded it to a man from Haddam (Jeff Lord) that was at the same time talking with the manufacturer at the International Solar Conference in Anaheim and I will attach his letter. We could have had those panels installed by now and for sure before March/April, at best. NO ONE has since contacted me to ask if it was a possible solution. WHY!!!! SEE attachment letter Solar panels
- I hope that the rebates for the LED lighting is complete. These rebates change and it is the new year and a new Governor. Hope we have the money, NOW!
- Accountability is what comes to mind, NOW. Who is accountable for these delays and LARGE change orders of well over $100K for the boilers and the contractor has walked off the job, and a loss of electricity from the weeks on the roof as well as ZREC’s too? A closed swimming pool and a cancelled swim meet for the students, while the Supt goes on a paid leave in JORDAN, possibly other trips when his building project is in total disarray. He is the ultimate overseer and everything eventually goes across his desk. Why would a Blue Ribbon school need anything from Jordan, I ask? Your comment about “Errors and omissions” only result in Lawyer fees and extra costs, I roughly estimate $250K in unnecessary extra costs from Change orders or lack of. When all is said and done, by mismanagement. I should not have been the one to bring ALL of these problems up, but after all, I was asked to be on the committee so you had someone with construction knowledge on the committee.. We have CREC and HT running the show and the puppet committee. I waited months to see if the panels had been ordered and not until I asked did we get an answer? Same with the rebates and there are other issues not worth bringing up at this time, but CREC has screwed us to the wall and now look at the mess Reg Dist 17 is in.