The Pear Tree Point Beach Building Committee has unanimously approved a surveying services company to work on the beach.

The company, Edward J. Frattaroli, Inc. of Stamford, will do the work for $5,350.

The all-volunteer Pear Tree Point Beach Building Committee is charged with overseeing the upgrading of the beach.

Eight surveying companies had submitted proposals, according to Parks and Recreation Director Pam Gery at last Wednesday’s Pear Tree Point Beach Building Committee meeting.

There was a wide range of bidders and Frattaroli bid the lowest. The highest bid was over $23,000, Gery said.

Edward J. Frattaroli, Inc. has been in business since 1946. Public Works Director Ed Gentile “has had some good work done with him,” Gery said.

Gery met with Frattaroli and confirmed that the amount the company bid for included everything for which the Pear Tree committee’s  RFP (Request For Proposal) included.

She also called the company’s references. The Country Club of Darien used its services “and was very happy with the company, and would hire them again,” Gery said.

Architectural/design services

Five proposals were submitted for architectural/design services for the beach.

They range from $136,000 to $333,000. Three of them were within the committee’s budget of $150,000 for those services.

All proposals were sent to committee members for their review. These proposals are available in Gery’s office at Town Hall for the public to review as well.

Committee co-chairman Mike Sgroe has generated a scorecard for members to use as a guide for evaluating the proposals.

“It’s not a perfect tool,” Sgroe said, when referring to the scorecard. “It’s subjective.”

The selection process will also involve interviews with the bidders.

At the next Pear Tree Point Beach Building Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 23, members will select the top three companies they are considering for the job.

They’ll refer to the questionnaire as a framework for discussion.

The Jan. 31 Pear Tree committee meeting is set aside to interview the top three candidates.

Sgroe said the Pear Tree committee has created an extended selection team.  

“This team is made up of committee members as well as subject matter experts within the town’s organization,” Sgroe added.

These experts are:

  • Lorene Bora, chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission

  • Jim Coughlan, assistant director of Parks and Recreation

  • Jim Flynn, supervisor of Darien’s parks maintenance.

  • Ed Gentile, director of Public Works

  • Pam Gery, director of the Parks and Recreation Commission

  • Jeremy Ginsberg, director of Planning and Zoning

“Ultimately, at the end of the day, it’s the committee members that are voting,” Sgroe said. “But we are taking full advantage of folks that have gone through this, are living it every single day, and have expertise based upon prior exercises that they’ve gone through elsewhere.”

The goal, said Sgroe, “is to be as fully informed as we possibly could be before we get to a final decision.”

Alternate member

Pear Tree member Cheryl Russell is on sabbatical for three months, so the Board of Selectmen appointed Darien resident Adele Conniff as an alternate member of the Pear Tree Point Beach Building Committee.

Conniff will serve until Russell returns in the spring. She is also chairman of the RTM (Representative Town Meeting) Parks & Recreation Committee.