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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Associated costs of downtown project keep climbing

  • Construction costs on the downtown sidewalk project topped $1 million Tuesday night when the Hannibal City Council approved a $196,654 change order for Bleigh Construction. But when engineering and design service contracts, plus a handful of other related costs are factored in, the total price tag increases by another $215,000.
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  • Construction costs on the downtown sidewalk project topped $1 million Tuesday night when the Hannibal City Council approved a $196,654 change order for Bleigh Construction. But when engineering and design service contracts, plus a handful of other related costs are factored in, the total price tag increases by another $215,000.
    After being read an itemized list of project costs that date back to December 2008, City Engineer Mark Rees said it “almost pains me to hear you go down that list.”
    City Manager Jeff LaGarce acknowledges additional expenses have been incurred while trying to come up with a project that a majority of North Main Street merchants, property owners and residents could accept.
    “It’s a very large, and difficult project. There are many facets, and we’ve tried to please everyone,” he said.
    The special accommodations that the city is paying for include:
    • Oct. 16, 2012: A change order of $26,312 was approved by the City Council for the cost of conduit, wiring and festival boxes to be installed at the foot of tree boxes in the 100 through 300 block of North Main Street.
    • Sept. 18, 2012: The City Council OK’d paying a one-time fee of $13,600 to Mark Twain Boyhood Home Foundation to defray the cost of removing and replacing donation pavers at the various properties it oversees.
    • Sept. 20, 2011: The City Council agrees to pay an estimated $27,000 for the installation of new water services for Main Street properties as part of the water main installation project.
    That $66,912 total could have been greater. On Oct. 16, 2012, the City Council agreed to pay the $6,100 sidewalk assessment for the old Murphy Motors building as part of its sale. However, the assessment fee was not included in the final sale agreement, according to City Attorney James Lemon.
    Barring further changes, more than $110,000 will have been spent on design work:
    • Dec. 18, 2012: The City Council approved a redesign fee of Architechnics’ not to exceed $35,131. While that fee has not yet been paid, Rees indicated he does “have confidence in that ($35,000) number.”
    • Sept. 6, 2011: The city agreed paying Architechnics an additional $30,960 for extra services (adding curb and guttering to the project’s scope).
    • Dec. 21, 2010: The Council approved paying $44,548 for sidewalk design work to Architechnics.
    While work on the Main Street road surface is still months away, $37,640 has already been paid MECO Engineering for its services.
    • Sept. 6, 2011: The city approved paying an additional $8,500 to MECO for extra services regarding the mill and overlay work on streets in conjunction with the downtown sidewalk project.
    • Dec. 16, 2008: The City Council approved a $29,140 engineering service contract with MECO Engineering for the downtown resurfacing project.
    Page 2 of 2 - The state has designated $353,034 for the project. A portion of the construction costs will be split between the city and North Main property owners, who in 2011 agreed to help offset a funding shortfall by paying a special assessment.
    “Anything else we’ve added and changed, the city has intended to foot the bill,” said Rees.
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