City Hall is looking at moving some money around in the budget for the Downtown Rehabilitation and Streetscapes project.
If council approves, $475,000 from the part of the budget that is currently unallocated in the project budget would go into paying for having on-site construction supervision for 167 days.
Mayor Bill Given says this would see someone act on the city’s behalf.
“This isn’t related to the contractor doing the construction, it’s related to the city’s need to have an engineering firm on site to oversee the construction as it goes forward.”
Given describes downtown as a “fixer-upper”.
“It’s a part of our community that has great bones, so to speak. But, whenever you are working on a fixer-upper project, I think people recognize that you get in there, you get started and you have some idea and you do the best that you can to understand what you’re getting into, but you will discover other things as you go along and that’s certainly been the case with downtown. As the contractor has progressed, there have been portions of the project where they have found infrastructure that is not on as-built any diagrams, that nobody knew existed. That is at least part of the reason why this additional construction supervision is so important.”
The unallocated portion of the project’s budget would still be $2.1-million dollars if this idea is approved.
The city had on-site supervision for 100 days last year.
Council will discuss this at its meeting Monday.