Donaroma says no conflict in Edgartown sidewalk work

Selectman points out he never voted for original contract award.

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The town of Edgartown has spent nearly $500,000 repairing brick sidewalks in the town's village. Selectman Michael Donaroma's landscape company was hired briefly as a subcontractor on the project. — Stacey Rupolo

An Edgartown selectman is speaking out to clear the air about allegations that his company is profiting from the town’s sidewalk project.

Michael Donaroma told The Times Monday that the contractor for the $500,000 project, Lawrence Lynch Corp., was running up against a May 15 deadline to get work done, and asked if he had any workers who could help move the project along.

Mr. Donaroma, who owns a nursery and landscaping company, provided three workers for what amounted to 2½ weeks, he said. His company was paid $22 per square foot, which amounted to $36,000 total, he told The Times.

He was responding to questions raised on the Islanders Talk Facebook page. A posting on that page alleged that Mr. Donaroma’s company had been subcontracted to do the entire project, which is not true, he said.

“They had a deadline, and I helped them out,” Mr. Donaroma said. “We were paid directly by [Lawrence Lynch].”

Edgartown has a bylaw that restricts any work on roads or sidewalks after May 15. Work can only continue with permission of selectmen, which is unlikely because of the congested roads and limited parking.

During Monday’s selectmen’s meeting, town administrator Pam Dolby said some of the work on the sidewalks is likely to be put off until the fall. Recently, the brick work has slowed somewhat because of the rainy weather, she said.

Coincidentally, Mr. Donaroma said, he was out of town when the contract was awarded by selectmen to Lawrence Lynch in February. A copy of the minutes posted online shows that selectmen Arthur Smadbeck and Margaret Serpa voted to award the contract.

He has a disclosure on file at the town clerk’s office, which was originally filed on March 27, 2014, that indicates his company might do contracted work with the town for “planting and maintenance.”