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Change order expected to add $70,000 to cost of jail

Tuesday, October 4, 2005

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The new jail's opening has been delayed at least a month and a requested change order may add $70,000 to its cost, according to the construction company.

A requested change order may add more than $70,000 to the cost of the new county jail and the reason for the request is almost certain to delay the jail's opening by two months.

Clay County Commissioners received that news Monday during their regular meeting in the courthouse.

Dave Sholl of SchenkelShultz architectural firm told commissioners that the change order was being requested because of work done by AirVac of Richmond, Ind., a sub-contractor for Hannig Construction Inc.

Because AirVac did not do the required sewer work when it was scheduled, the project was slowed down, said Troy Biddle, Vice President of Hannig Construction and construction manager for the Clay County Jail.

"This could push back the opening of the jail from November to mid-winter," said Gary Rodgers, Clerk of the Works.

AirVac, a company that makes vacuum sewage systems, cannot be penalized, Sholl said, when asked about the possibility by Commissioner Daryl Andrews.

After reviewing the request, Sholl assured the commissioners it was only fair the county agree to the change order.

The commissioners took the request under advisement.

Jail construction was expected to take 14 months from the beginning of the project on Aug. 2, 2004, and cost $9.2 million to build. Fourteen months is up this month.

Biddle expects the jail will be completed by the end of November.

Commissioners David Parr and Daryl Andrews praised Hannig Construction for the company's work on the jail.

"You guys have done an outstanding job," said Parr.

He has spoken with county commissioners who have also gone through jail construction projects.

"They roll their eyes," Parr said. "We've really been blessed with a good group of people."

Andrews was not surprised by the delay.

"I thought your time line was very aggressive from the beginning," said Andrews.

County Councilman Les Harding believes the project will take closer to 18 months to complete, based on early planning.

"I hope residents are not overly concerned about the delay," Harding said after the County Council meeting Monday night.

The County Council also learned its operating budget has fallen to approximately $100,000 due to needed additional appropriations, causing concern among council members.

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