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"Shoddy" Work on Forks Amphitheater "Shoddier"

Forks Township amphitheater, which opened in summer, in need of repairs.

 

Public Works Director Mark Roberts is fuming once again over the Forks Township amphitheater.

After calling construction work on the new amphitheater "shoddy" last spring, Roberts informed the Board of Supervisors during a work session Thursday night that the structure is in need of repairs.

He said cracks are forming in the concrete and three of the four canvas panels have patches on them.

Roberts wants to hold back $24,000 in payment to the company, Fourmen Construction Co. of New York, for its efforts -- or lack of in this case -- and supervisors seemed to agree.

Better yet, they thought it was a good idea to take $10,000 of that money and invest it in a mason who said he could fill the cracks before they become more troubling in the winter.

Supervisor John O'Neil asked if there would be any legal recourse.

Township Manager John Cornell responded: "We could have a fight on our hands."

Supervisor David Billings then said, "Well, bring it on."

The amphitheater was completed just days before the township kicked off a summer concert series and then movie nights. The amphitheater was also the centerpiece for the recent Forks Community Days.

Roberts stated that he asked the company to return to make recommendations for repairs, but said it never did.

He said there were three patches on the canvas and Roberts wanted to have the company come back and fix them since the township has a one-year warranty.

He said the canvas panels cost $30,000 each.

"Nine months into this, we have a frayed patch," Supervisor Dan Martyak said. "To me, it's gonna fray again. I'm kinda fearful this will be a stone for us for the next 20 years."

Concerned resident October 05, 2012 at 07:32 PM
It makes me so happy to see how ours township is wasting taxpayers dollars again. This never should have been built as it does not add value to the community. A town pool would have brought money into the community by its fees but we took the back road again and now look at the junk we ended up with.
Concerned resident October 05, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I hope we don't have these same issues with the oversized, unneeded municipal garage being built. At least that is already part way in the ground so if we do it won't have much farther to go.
Periscope October 05, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Concerned, You must be crazy. Build a pool at 4.5 mil for three months of use per year. Show me a pool anywhere the can pay off its construction debt and pay for maintenance with the user fees charged. Every pool in the valley is supported directly with taxpayer money except one in Wilson Bor. That pool was paid for by an endowment.
Brett Bonfanti October 06, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Yikes, pools always lose money. I hope Forks Township never builds one.
Rob Leiser October 06, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Yes we did need additional Public Works space, but not the size they are building and where they are building it. Supervisors chose the so called green design so they could feel better about themselves. In the end the only thing green about this building will be the mold growing inside. The underground design they chose has been used mostly unsuccessfully for decades. The Building was already a million dollars over budget before the first Shovel hit the ground, and I doubt we have seen the last of the cost overruns.

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