Hanover Massachusetts fires wind turbine contractor

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Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#1 Jan 30, 2013
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Hanover fires turbine contractor

Hanover Town Manager Troy Clarkson announced to selectmen Monday night that the town would terminate its contract with Lumus Construction, the builder of its wind turbine. Clarkson said the contract needed to be terminated because the company still hasn't managed to get the turbine up and running. The project was originally pegged for completion nearly two years ago.
January 29, 2013 by Mark Burridge in Wicked Local Hanover
Hanover - Hanover Town Manager Troy Clarkson announced to selectmen Monday night that the town would terminate its contract with Lumus Construction, the builder of its wind turbine.

Clarkson said the contract needed to be terminated because the company still hasn't managed to get the turbine up and running. The project was originally pegged for completion nearly two years ago.

"The contractor wasn't fulfilling the contract," he said. "The turbine needs to be spinning."

Clarkson said the town would withhold the final $100,000 owed to the company in payment and, in fact, would look...[continue via Web link]

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Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#2 Jan 30, 2013
http://www.patriotledger.com/topstories/x6947...

Hanover to terminate contract with turbine company
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By Mark Burridge
Wicked Local Hanover
Posted Jan 30, 2013 @ 02:32 AM
Last update Jan 30, 2013 @ 02:52 AM

HANOVER —
After nearly two years of delays, Hanover officials are terminating their contract with the company hired to build the town’s still-incomplete wind turbine.

Town Manager Troy Clarkson said Monday that the town had to cut ties with Woburn-based Lumus Construction because the company had failed to get the turbine up and running. The 210-foot structure is next to the town’s water treatment plant on Route 53 and was expected to provide most of the facility’s power.

“The contractor wasn’t fulfilling the contract,” Clarkson said.“The turbine needs to be spinning.”

Clarkson said the town would withhold the final $100,000 owed to the company and is seeking to recover money it already paid. He said a stipulation in the town’s contract requires Lumus to pay the town $1,000 for every day past an established completion date that the project goes unfinished.

Clarkson said 700 days had passed since the project’s completion date, so he expects the town to receive $700,000 from Lumus.

“We are absolutely prepared to do anything and everything” to recover the money, he said.

Selectmen Chairman John Barry said he supported the decision to terminate the company’s contract.

“There is a strong level of frustration with the fact the windmill isn’t spinning,” he said.

Clarkson said Lumus did not respond to the town’s termination notice within a seven-day window. The company’s website lists phone numbers for its main offices in Woburn and Portland, Maine, but neither number was in service Tuesday.

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