The city plans to pay an additional $220,000 to a contractor for services it provided during the most recent phase of the multimillion-dollar Riverfront Redevelopment Project.
The city introduced an ordinance Tuesday to approve a change order with Bacon Farmer Workman Engineering & Testing Inc. for its extra work on Phase 1B of the riverfront project. Before it can be adopted, the change order ordinance has to be read a second time.
That phase of the project included the completion of the land mass at Schultz Park and the addition of the transient boat dock, City Engineer & Public Works Director Rick Murphy said.
The project's contractor, MAC Construction & Excavating Inc., was given a required completion date of July 27, 2016, for Phase 1B, but the work wasn't completed until Aug. 21, 2017.
The transient boat dock and gangway officially opened to the public Sept. 21, 2017.
MAC was awarded a performance-based contract in the fall of 2015. The contract meant that MAC would provide both design and construction services. But several proposed design submittals for the transient boat dock failed to meet specifications set for the project, Murphy said.
"MAC was unable to … provide us with a concept that we could accept. As a result of this, they requested that the city provide this portion of the work, so (Baker Farmer Workman Engineering) represented the city in completing that," Murphy said.
BFW had to provide designs both in house and through sub-consultants, a requirement that took the firm beyond the scope of its original agreement with the city, which was also authorized in 2015 for a price of $126,380. That agreement only included construction administration and residential inspection services.
Murphy said the additional 13 months when BFW provided administration and inspection services were the cause of the change order presented Tuesday. The invoice from BFW cited "additional services" under the construction administration portion of the project for $220,000.
"BFW aligned their agreement with the original required completion date and had to provide services over a year past that date, inevitably forcing additional cost overruns," the city reported.
The change order would increase the contract amount with BFW to $346,380.
The city approved an $8.11 million contract with MAC in October 2015. An amount of $1.5 million was also obtained through state funding to support the phase of the project that included completion of the land mass in the river and the construction of the gangway and boat dock, according to the city's website.
Murphy highlighted benefits the boat dock has provided to the city.
"Our gross income for November was $12,000 for overnight stays and fuel purchases," he said. "I say 'gross' because we don't get gas and diesel for free. But it's income we didn't previously have, and it's also an opportunity we've not previously had. People who come visit our community may like our community. It brings tourism dollars, as well."