In light of cost overruns and missed deadlines, maybe Avon needs a project diet (letter)
The article on Wednesday, Aug. 22, regarding Avon’s road diet (“Avon road diet delayed”) begs the question: “Why can’t Avon efficiently manage a capital project, on time and on budget?”
A quick review of the town’s history of projects yields a long list of missed schedules and significant cost overruns: The Pavilion (the stage), Town Hall (Skier Building), the Metcalf Road bike lane and now the road diet (“road beautification” project) are just a few examples.
At a town meeting earlier this year, I suggested the Town Council owed the taxpayers and residents a report on the last 10 years of capital projects that would include initial specifications, schedules and budgets, change orders and actual results.
Might the new town manager have the intestinal fortitude to hire a qualified engineering consulting company to audit past projects and deliver a report of the reasons why targets were missed and what actions could be taken to ensure these mistakes were not repeated in the future?
The taxpayers deserve much better results, let alone some reprioritization of how our tax revenues are spent — aka public safety.
Until that happens, the town should go on a project diet.
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