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GROTON — The Board of Selectmen turned away a request by Greenman Pederson engineering services for an extra $8,500 needed to cover unforeseen expenses in handling the redesign of the Four Corners intersection.

According to Greenman Pederson representative Jeffrey Howie, the initial charge to the town of $5,500 was based on what the company estimated would be the cost of the scope of work. It was only when the job was finished that the final cost could be pinned down.

“For the most part, construction was in good shape,” Howie said. “I realize it wasn’t handled in the best way, (but) we’re not trying to make a killing (at the town’s expense).”

Nevertheless, selectmen were divided on the issue.

Selectman Mihran Keoseian said he had difficulty “supporting it after the fact.”

Board Chairman George “Fran” Dillon disagreed. He said the town had to recognize that the job was done and done well.

Dillon failed to convince Keoseian and fellow board member John “Jack” Saball both of whom voted against amending the wording in the original scope of services for Greenman Pederson that limited any extra payment to no more than $4,500.

In the end, the best Howie could do was leave the meeting with a 2-2 vote that was not enough to approve the extra funding.

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