Tim Herbst on Mark IV termination decision

by Tim Herbst

I support the action taken by the Trumbull WPCA to terminate the Town’s contract with Mark IV Construction.  For the last three years, the people of Nichols have been living with a never ending construction nightmare and the time has come to bring this nightmare to an end.  The current impasse is the direct result of Mark IV’s failure to complete the construction of sanitary sewers as designed, bid and contracted.  Most recently, the residents of the Dogwood Pond area have had their neighborhood ripped up and equipment and materials literally left on their front lawns, with no construction occurring.

The taxpayers of Trumbull should not be treated or disrespected in such an inconsiderate manner.  The actions taken by the WPCA last evening will ensure that the Town of Trumbull can get this project completed and most importantly, get the roads paved.   While this project was started before I took office, my administration is committed to seeing this project completed while ensuring that the construction methods utilized by the contractor are unblemished and free of defects.  

The Town of Trumbull is currently in litigation regarding over 600 defects in the Jog Hill section of Town, with a lawsuit that seeks $9 million in damages.  We do not need a repeat of the mess that occurred 4 years ago, and that is why we are at a critical juncture.  We need to protect the Town of Trumbull’s infrastructure, finances and most importantly, the residents who have endured this tribulation for far too long.”

louis July 02, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Next time sir, you take action and do not wait for subordinates to decide the fate of the town or your own political future!
John Sembrot July 02, 2012 at 03:10 AM
The problem is a lack of oversight, the town management and the assigned Inspectors were all complicit. Are they losing their jobs as well?
Joan July 02, 2012 at 12:09 PM
The First Selectman still appears to be blaming this mess on the previous administration. What has he done in the past 3 years to fix the situation? It seems that it has only gotten far worse on his watch and there is no prospect of resolution on the horizon, only more of the lawsuits he seems to like so much.
louis July 02, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Sir, Higher office may seem glamourous, its usually not, my point of reference coming from decades of meeting and knowing people in the highest political offices. They are human just as we are, but our job is public administration, and that means making wise decisions from the beginning, so that it may be done cheaply and well, the first time. Only experience and talented public administrators have the benefit of such hindsight, this comes with time. The question you should be asking, sir, is who will finish the project, and will it be finished within the parameters set? For whichever reason this decision was made, in the face of all the forces which seek to derail good government, we must think a few steps ahead so that our reputations are not injured, nor the public purse depleted.
Jw July 02, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Contracts made it difficult to unwind. These things aren't easy to just fix. Took time. Good job, Tim, on fixing it. Now let's get back to work and get this job done right.
CHUCK BROWN September 20, 2012 at 09:55 AM


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