The Delta City Council has approved payment of $50,000 to SEMA Contractors, to cover time and materials spent on the Confluence Drive project.
The city has switched contractors and is now working with Hamon Contractors Inc. of Delta to get the project moving forward.
"We are diligently working to meet a start date in 2012," said public works director Jim Hatheway. "Unfortunately there are so many moving pieces it is hard to pinpoint a date."
The city switched contractors this summer, convinced Hamon can provide "a quality project at a cost within our current budget and available funding."
The original contract with SEMA, which was signed in March 2011, calls for payment for engineering and design work conducted by the firm. Initially, SEMA estimated expenses related to the value-engineering process at $128,000. Hatheway disputed that amount, and through negotiation was able to lower the settlement to $50,000.
The agreement with SEMA essentially expired April 1, 2012, when the city failed to give a notice to proceed in a timely manner. At that point city attorney Mike Schottelkotte explains, the contract could be terminated by either party. And because Delta is a home rule city, it does not have to put the project back out to bid.blog comments powered by Disqus