Borough, Earthworks reach settlement on Howe Park project

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(MARK R. SULLIVAN/THE OCEAN STAR)

BAY HEAD — The borough council has officially terminated its contract and come to a settlement agreement with contractor Earthworks, Inc. for the Howe Park Softball Field Restoration Project. 

The borough and Earthworks, Inc. previously entered into a contract for the project on Jan. 9, 2020, however a contractual dispute arose between the parties concerning the completion of the project, namely in regards to seeding and site restoration. 

Both parties have agreed to resolve the disputes without the necessity of litigation, according to the resolution passed by the governing body at its meeting April 5.

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“We have come to an agreement with Earthworks. Basically they are finished and we are going to finish the seeding ourselves and make sure it is done,” Councilwoman Diane Cornell, chair of the council’s public works committee, said Monday.

“We have somebody coming in hopefully in the next week or so to hydroseed and put a mat over it so we are going to ask people to stay off the field again. Hopefully it will fill in quite well and we will have a nice grassy field there instead of a barren field so keep your fingers crossed.”

Borough Attorney Jean Cipriani spoke further about the settlement agreement in an email to The Ocean Star.

“Earthworks involvement was ended through an agreement whereby the borough retained $10,000 to accomplish hydroseeding on the property and Earthworks received the balance of the remaining funds on the contract for the work done to date,” she said.

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