The Cedaredge trustees approved change order work on the sewer plant project at their Nov. 19 meeting that will add some costs to be paid from the project contingency fund.
There was lengthy board discussion over a telecommunications link from the plant to a plant operator's home that would sound an alarm in the event of serious failure. Trustee discussion centered around confusion about what was included in the bid prices, wasn't included, and what level of equipment and engineering would be needed.
Trustee Larry Smith called the matter "an engineering issue." Trustee Ray Hanson replied, "But we're paying for it."
Before approving the $32,488 additional expenditure, trustee Al Smith remarked, "We're over a barrel, but what can you do?"
Trustees also approved the addition of a domestic water line to serve the new plant. The improvement to the original plans will add $115,683 in cost to pay for the 5,000-foot-long water service line.
The water line was removed from the original project to save money to pay costs of sludge removal from the town's old lagoons. When sludge removal cost bids came in lower than expected, the water line was added back in, explained Katie Sickles, town administrator.
Also of increasing cost concern to trustees on the sewer plant project are additional billings to the town for engineering work. On-site services provided by the town's engineering firm based in Boulder had been agreed on at $98,000 before construction. The town has since been notified that those costs are going to go higher. Estimates now expect the costs could run as much as $50,000 more than the original amount.
Trustees authorized an additional $12,000 for the services and stipulated that the engineers notify the town when the $110,000 amount for extra services is reached.
In addition, the town will try to utilize a local engineer to conduct on-site inspections in order to save on expensive travel costs from Boulder which the town is billed for.
The trustees-approved change orders to the project amounted to $160,171, according to Sickles. She explained that the construction project budget is $4.835 million, including a contingency fund of $422,600. The remaining contingency balance is $262,429.