Town officials on Tuesday approved a contract with a Stamford-based painting company to spruce up Waveny Pool ahead of the 2018 season.
The $14,725 contract with Alladin Services includes $1,900 in contingency and will including cleaning the main pavilion at the pool, locker rooms and cleaning around the pool, Department of Public Works Buildings Superintendent Bill Oestmann told members of the Board of Selectmen during their regular meeting.
Alladin has “done a fair amount of work for the town” and has been “responsive” and “good with their pricing,” Oestmann said at the meeting, held in Town Hall.
“We are seeking your approval to get this done and get ready for the opening day,” Oestmann said.
Waveny Pool typically is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Recreation Director Steve Benko said $40,000 has been earmarked for “major maintenance” in the current fiscal year’s budget. The work will include power-washing mildew stains off of the roof as well as concrete areas such as walkways out front of the Waveny Pool building and a picnic area, Oestmann said.
Selectman Kit Devereaux asked whether the job had gone out for competitive bidding.
It did not.
“We didn’t have time to, unfortunately, this sort of came up earlier in March to go out with a competitive bid and the timing,” Oestmann said. “I wouldn’t be able to get it done fo rate season.”
First Selectman Kevin Moynihan asked whether the town has used Alladin before.
Oestmann said the town in the past has had difficulty getting bids for painting projects.
“I don’t think it’s desirable for a lot of contractors doing government work, they are just so busy doing the private sector,” Oestmann said.
Even so, Devereaux said: “I would encourage us to start earlier and get the competitive bids.”
When Benko said there’s a timing issue because the building is not heated, so the work has to be done either in the fall or early-April, and can’t be done in the winter, Devereaux said: “No, but you can get the bids.”
Moynihan called the work “necessary” and asked Devereaux to make the motion to approve the contract. They voted in favor of it, as did Selectman Nick Williams.