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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22, 2014, 8:18 A.M.

JohnA: No Excuse To Miss Deadline

JohnA (RE: Haagenson: McEuen schedule 'tight'): I think it is inexcusable for planners, engineers or contractors to believe it is OK to miss the important May 1st deadline. There is nothing OK about it. It's bad enough they missed the November opening of Front Avenue; this would be unacceptable. I was all over the park construction yesterday. On a beautiful day, only a handful of workers were on site, many just ambling about with their seemingly singular task at hand. They say they can't get contractors? Hmm, I wonder how many seasonal workers are laid off right now and would love the opportunity to get in and get their hands dirty, basically doing manual labor getting the open space ready to go. And, why did no one see the hydro-seeding as a big issue, and have a contingency plan in place? The whole project is becoming suspect, right before our eyes, and I think those responsible will be held accountable for any delays past May Day. It could be that Mayday will have a different meaning this year.

Question: If the contractor misses the startup deadline, will it diminish this project?

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