Archive for Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Change orders concern commissioners

September 24, 2008

On Monday, Leavenworth County Commissioners took a tour of the Leavenworth County EMS station that is currently under construction to check on its progress.

They didn't like what they saw.

Commissioner J.C. Tellefson said a lot of work had been done since his visit a week ago, "But putting it up fast doesn't necessarily equate to doing it right," he said.

A number of change orders that the county recently and reluctantly agreed to pay for prompted commissioners to take the tour.

The most recent change order was for $3,190 to correct damage done to the concrete on the foundation wall when the contractors were attaching joist hangers.

With more than 35 years in the construction business, Commissioner Dean Oroke led the inspection team, which included commissioners Clyde Graeber and Tellefson, County Counselor David Van Parys and County Administrator Heather Morgan.

Among the list of changes were conforming with construction details like placement in truss clips and size and placement of windows and making sure that the contractors were working off the construction documents and not the bid documents.

In total, 13 items were listed.

The commissioners said that they wanted to inspect the building prior to the installation of insulation to make sure the changes were made properly.

These changes were made after Don Pruitt, of Horst, Terrill & Karst Architects, told commissioners on Thursday that the project could not be completed by its original, Oct. 26 deadline but a new Nov. 3 finish date.

"It is aggressive. It can be done," Pruitt said. "I hope they do it."

Other change orders for this project included $550 to prevent uplift on the vehicle bay roof in case the bay doors were open and hit with a strong gust of wind, and $1,070 to add a 30-inch door to comply with fire safety codes.

It is HTK's policy to reimburse the county some of the difference. HTK will give the county the difference in the cost of the change from the time of the bid to the cost at the time of the change order. The firm will also reimburse the county $80 for the $3,190 change order for the joist hangers.

The commission voted, 2-1, to pay for the change orders with Oroke dissenting.

In other business:

¢ After a long pause when commissioners were reluctant to make a motion to pay $2,508 extra this year for the Christmas Open House, Graeber finally made a motion for the extra funding that would compensate county employees who will be participating this year.

Graeber said the county was just too far along to cancel the performance.

"I'm not at all pleased with this, but I think it's something that needs to go on," he said.

The commission agreed and unanimously voted for the funds.

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