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Sep 11, 2019 9:57 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Designates Additional Funds To Fix Southampton African American Museum Construction Flaws

The contractor who was hired by Southampton Town to construct the Southampton African American Museum is no longer working on the project. GREG WEHNER
Sep 11, 2019 11:17 AM

Southampton Town Board members on Tuesday approved the additional spending of $19,500 for the Southampton African American Museum on North Sea Road, after work completed by a previous contractor was found to be defective.

According to the resolution that was approved on Tuesday, the contractor that was originally hired for the job, William Proefriedt of West Babylon, is no longer working on the construction of the museum.

Some of the work Mr. Proefriedt and his crew conducted on the building was found to be out of scope, and the $19,500 is intended to correct the work and bring the project to a close.

Brenda Simmons, the founder of the museum — often referred to as SAAM — said in a text on Sunday that all of the work Mr. Proefriedt did has to be redone, and litigation has slowed down the process.

She could not immediately be reached for further comment.

In November 2018, Mr. Proefriedt was arrested and charged with a felony criminal charge after being accused of providing false information in a bid to restore the Pyrrhus Concer House on Pond Lane in Southampton Village.

When he submitted the lowest bid of $437,600 in May 2018 to rebuild the house, he signed a statement saying he had crew members who were certified to complete electrical, plumbing, heating,ventilation and air conditioning work, which village officials claimed in January was untrue.

He was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument, a felony, and is due back in court on November 1.

Greg Wehner

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The original Pyrrhus Concer House on Pond Lane should have been the Museum Home. Thanks to well known expert miscreant Zach Studenroth that building was removed and our community is stuck with this. The Village owed our neighbors so much more. Hope it all works out in the end.
By themarlinspike (542), Northern Hemisphere on Sep 11, 19 12:36 PM
Just for a minor correction not all but much of the work will have to be replaced. To clarify the building will not be totally reconstructed.
By MsB (17), Southampton on Sep 13, 19 12:53 AM
I think the public deserves a better explanation of who hired the contractor, who approved the contracts and how the inspections were carried out. This should not have happened and the tax payers get to pay for this.
By localcitizen (110), Southampton on Sep 13, 19 9:15 AM
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How much money was spent on a small museum, 800/1000 sq ft??? Public money put down the drain, tax payer money???
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Sep 16, 19 6:50 PM