By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun
Delays blamed on the wet weather this fall have added to the cost — and the timetable — of the Collin Street reconstruction project.
Corsicana City Council members this week approved an increase of nearly $70,000 for higher material costs as a result of the delays in the project.
The $2 million reconstruction project, approved by the council in May, runs from 20th Street to 31st Street. In addition to pulling up the bricks and replacing them with concrete, the city is also installing a large underground stormwater drainage structure to catch the water that currently runs down the middle of the street, turning Collin into a fast-moving stream during rainstorms.
City Manager Connie Standridge said the city had enacted a 90-day delay on construction in September to allow utility crews ample time to relocate service in advance of the installation of storm sewers and road construction because of problems caused by the weather.
However, that delay proved not to be enough time for all the utility work, and prompted a request for an increase in material costs by the paving contractor, XIT Paving and Construction.
Standridge said XIT had actually asked to be released from the contract. Further talks resulted in a request for an increase in material costs for the project, based on quotes from the contractor’s supplier.
Re-bidding the job, Standridge said, would set the project back at least another three months.
“If we did re-bid this job ...everybody’s prices are going to go up,” said Councilman Tom Wilson, voicing his support for approving the change.
Mayor Chuck McClanahan and Standridge said the city has had good experience with XIT on other projects.
“They have the right to claim it, and they have made the claim properly,” Standridge said.
The council unanimously approved the change-order to pay for the increased cost request.
Work by XIT Paving is now scheduled to begin in mid-January on a portion of the roadway while utility relocation work continues. The utility work should be finished by Jan. 31.
The updated schedule now calls for the street reconstruction work to be completed by November 2014.
City Council Meeting Briefs
Council members conducted the annual review and approval of the city’s investment policy, and approved a revised financial policy presented by City Manager Connie Standridge. Standridge said the new financial policy added several procedures the city was already following in writing, and updates a previous policy that was last approved in 2001.
The council approved a variance in fencing requirements for a string of mobile homes located off of North Business 45. The property owner will fence a portion of the area that contains mobile homes to keep them from being visible from the highway, along with use of a “vegetation barrier” in addition to the fencing.
The council approved naming the mayor, city manager, and finance director as signatories on grant projects for a waterline improvement project, and infrastructure work for the new waterpark project.
Welding shop receives SUP
Council unanimously approved a Special Use Permit for a welding shop to operate in property on South Interstate 45 near Watkins Construction. The company is Three D Metal Works, and will operate at 3000 South Interstate 45.
Fair Housing Month to be observed
The council officially declared the month of January 2014 as “Fair Housing Month” within the city of Corsicana.
Lease financing approved
The council passed a resolution required by JP Morgan Chase Bank that names the city manager and director of finance as authorized officials for a five-year capital lease/purchase financing agreement for various vehicles and equipment.
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