School building project hits a snag

The dispute surrounding the Smalley Elementary School project can be traced back to another project in the city – the Gaffney Elementary School project from 2013-2015. After state-funded projects are completed, officials from the state conduct an audit on the project before officially closing the books. According to the city’s Finance Director Lori Granato, that audit never happened. Granato emailed Mayor Erin Stewart last Friday after talking with someone from the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services and said that until the Gaffney project is officially closed, the city will not be reimbursed for construction costs at Gaffney, which have already reached about $4.8 million.

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