Michael McKeon The Knickerbocker News
Section: MAIN,  Page: 4A

Date: Friday, January 15, 1988

Legal problems that arose when the town took over the historic Buhrmaster barn relocation project have forced the Town Board to seek new bids for the job.

Last June, the Friends of the Pruyn House started raising money to pay for moving the barn, which was built in 1760, from Troy-Schenectady Road to the rear of the Pruyn House on Old Niskayuna Road. The town and the state each pledged $25,000 to the project, but when fund-raising efforts fell short, the Town Board decided to move the barn because it could borrow the needed funds.

Architectural Conservation of Glenville was awarded the contract to relocate the barn, but when it drew up its bid, the firm believed it was doing work for the Friends of the Pruyn House, a nonprofit group.

Because the town is paying for the work, however, the contractor must pay prevailing wage rates set by the state - which are$31,000 more than the contractor had allowed for in his bid.

"Hours and hours have been spent trying to put this package back together," said Supervisor Fred Field Jr. "For a barn that cost $1." Albany County sold the barn to the town.

Because the job has to be rebid, relocation of the barn will be delayed 60 days, town officials said.

In addition, the Town Board on Thursday amended the bond resolution it passed last October to pay for the project from $100,000 to $150,000, though the project still may cost only about $100,000.

Town Attorney Susan Tatro said the amendment was needed because the town must include all funding sources in the bond and had left out the state grant and $26,000 raised by the Friends of the Pruyn House.