Not yet final

To the Editor:

Does Sunderland really know? It should be reasonable to expect an elected public official to exercise more prudence or discretion before publishing misleading and erroneous opinions regarding town business ("Does Sunderland know" published December 6, 2012).

The proposed Sunderland town hall building blueprints have NOT been finalized.

The blueprints for this building have not even been started yet, and will not commence until and unless a successful bond vote is achieved in March, 2013.

The documents that have been prepared for the new Town Hall building and presented to the Selectboard are Preliminary Design Drawings only, accompanied by a Preliminary Cost Estimate for use in developing the necessary documents to effectuate a bond should the voters select to approve construction of this new building.

According to specific language contained in the Request for Proposals for Architectural Services which was approved and advertised by the Selectboard on July 21, 2012, "a design meeting with the Building Committee and the Selectboard to review the preliminary design plans; discuss and agree on design changes, review budget and schedule; identify potential issues yet to be resolved, and coordinate remaining tasks," is scheduled to be conducted following a successful bond vote in March, 2013.

Based on this contractually binding clause, how could the blueprints possibly be finalized? It should also seem reasonable to expect an elected official, entrusted with the disbursement of public trust funds, to understand the terms of the contracts they sign, especially when those contracts are based on the content of information contained in documents approved and advertised by those same officials.

Barry A. Hoeg, RA Licensed Registered Architect Quechee


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