Following months of completion predictions that have come and gone for Enterprise Fire Company's 2,500-square-foot expansion project, Hatboro officials told Patch that they do not know when work will conclude.
"It's not finished," was all that Hatboro Borough Council President John Zygmont would say.
He directed Patch to Acting Borough Manager Fred Zollers, who is also a member and former chief of the fire department.
"The contractor has a punch list," Zollers said of the two-page list of issues that he said Titanium Inc., is "working on correcting."
Zollers said the contractor, Mark Gill, has had the list for three weeks and that he did not know when work would conclude. Hatboro officials decided in May to hold the remaining 10 percent owed - $87,989.21 – until the expansion is satisfactorily completed and all punch list items are addressed.
Enterprise Fire Company President Chris Gowen voiced concerns in July over "poor workmanship" throughout the building. At that time, Gowen said cracks were visible on the outside of the new addition, windows had not been properly sealed, floorboards were warped and more. When reached this week, Gowen said he was not allowed to comment on the project.
“There’s very, very little work to be done to actually wrap this up,” Gill had said in July. “The job is literally 99 percent complete.”
Once complete, the 2,500-square-foot addition on the back portion of the firehouse would add a little more than 50 percent to the 40-year-old 6,489-square-foot building. Some of the new additions include an elevator, flex office space, bunk rooms, a shower, laundry and ADA compliant restrooms. A multi-purpose room would double as a polling place during elections and would come in handy as a training room, Gowen told Patch previously. The room, which would hold about 40 people, is a huge improvement over the non-existent meeting space, he had said.
Originally slated for an August 2011 completion, the $886,000 project - which is being funded by a 50-50 borough and state funding match - has been plagued from its spring 2011 beginning by delays. Hatboro officials said in May that Titanium had not completed state-mandated paperwork to ensure grant reimbursement. In addition, there have been issues over the contractor's use of incorrect materials, as well as Titanium's failure to meet prevailing wage guidelines.