Archive for Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Permit fees waived for pool

November 22, 2006

The Eudora City Council at a rescheduled meeting Thursday approved contract language in advance of going out for bids on the city's $3.8 million community and aquatic center.

City Engineering consultant Brian Kingsley of BG Consultants presented the council with a list of options needing approval before the city could officially accept a bid for the project.

Among the items, the city voted to waive building permit fees and provide the temporary utility fees for the project.

"Those all have financial impact to you, the city, so he wanted confirmation of that before he handed final notice to the (bid candidates,)" City Administrator Cheryl Beatty said.

Kingsley's first item was for the city to waive building permit fees on the project.

Beatty said it was common practice for cities to waive building fees on municipal building projects. She said it would be redundant to charge the fees.

"Basically, you'd be charging yourself," Beatty said.

Kingsley next advised the council to define the amount of bad weather days to be written into the final construction bid contract. With most of the construction occurring during winter and spring, the bad weather days would serve as a cushion for the contractor.

Original plans called for the contract to include 20 bad weather days.

Kingsley also asked the city to waive temporary utility fees for the construction site.

The city would again be charging itself, Beatty said.

The final piece Kingsley offered for discussion was the addition of an alternate completion date for the pool. The city could get a possible discount on the overall construction fee if the winning contractor doesn't finish the project by the original target.

Contractors at a pre-bid meeting for the project expressed concern about the May completion date, Kingsley said.

The alternate date ---- suggested for June 30 ---- would also give contractors a greater cushion.

Councilman Bill Whitten suggested it might be worth opening the pool a little later if it would save money. Rushing the pool construction might lead to a worse final product, he said.

"I think it might be a better shot, not so much put a date on it that we open by the summer, but we have it right," Whitten said.

Whitten also expressed concern that although the pool might be open by the end of May, construction on the recreation center will continue until August.

"That foot traffic and the trucks would be what my concern would be," Whitten said.

Depending on safety, the opening date would definitely be fluid, Beatty said.

"In the end, if we're not satisfied with it, we can negotiate with the contractor whether we open or don't open," Beatty said.

Whitten expressed concern over where the exact funding to pay for the utilities for the construction site would come from.

The council voted 3-1 to solidify the 20 inclement weather days, a June 30 alternate opening date and to waive both building permit and utility fees for the project.

Councilman Dan Gregg, Mayor Tom Pyle and Councilwoman Lori Fritzel were for the motion. Whitten dissented.

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