Did we keep the receipt?

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The city plans to return the monuments it ordered.

While most of Phase 1A of First Street construction nears completion, the project’s three monuments, although delivered on time, are headed to the exchange counter.

Beverly Tucker, the city’s information manager for the project, said the granite surfaces don’t match the city’s order specifications.

City Manager Doug Schmitz told the Town Crier, “The wrong product was sent.”

“They don’t meet our specifications, so they’re being rejected,” Tucker added.

The city’s plans include placing the monuments at the downtown entrances near Foothill Expressway at Main and First streets. The monuments, according to the city’s specifications, stand 9 feet high and 3 feet wide.

Tucker said city representatives were scheduled to meet with the contractor Monday, after the Town Crier’s press deadline, to attempt to resolve the problem. Tucker added that the city would likely return the monuments and receive replacements that meet the city’s specifications at a date yet to be determined.

In the meantime, she added, crews will work around the hiccup in order to complete the major elements of Phase 1A construction.

Mayor Ron Packard declined to comment when reached by phone Monday because he had yet to review what the city actually specified.

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