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The Riverside City Council delayed approving a change order for a new stormwater sewer line under Highway 22 at Glasgow Street until the city’s engineer comes up with exact figures on the cost.
“We have to have some idea of a firm number in front of us,” Mayor Allen Schneider told Scott Pottorff of MMS Consultants.
“I don’t know about you guys, but this is confusing as hell,” Councilperson Bob Schneider said. “I’ve got a real problem approving this until we get this straightened out.”
Councilperson Tom Sexton added, “I’ve had a problem with this from the get-go.”
The problem arose after Pottorff recommended the city change the contract to get rid of an old 18-inch storm sewer under the highway and replace it with a 24-inch line.
Council members did not have a problem with the change. All said it was a good idea.
The issue arose because changing the size of the line was not spelled out in the resolution and supporting documents. Pottorff was asking the council to increase the amount of the change order but did not have a solid figure for the total change.
The original change order called for the existing 18-inch storm sewer line to tie into a 24-inch line south of the highway. That work would have added $22,400 to that portion of the downtown streetscape project.
Extending the 24-inch line to the north side of the highway and then removing the existing 18-inch line would add to the cost of the change order. At various times during the meeting, Pottorff said the additional cost would be $8,000 to $12,000.
He eventually settled on an additional cost of $11,000, but the council said they wanted to see the changes detailed in writing before voting on them.
Contractors are working on that section of the roadway right now, so Pottorff said a decision was needed soon.
Mayor Schneider scheduled a special council meeting for Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m. to review the proposed changes.
The council did approve a pay request of $209,707 for work already done on the project.