Contract changes save city $37K for new building

HURON — Call it an early Christmas present for city taxpayers.
Aberdeen contractor Kyburz-Carlson Construction proposed three changes that will save a little more than $37,000 on the city’s contract for the new public works building, now being built in the West Industrial Park.
City commissioners approved the change order on Monday.
The first proposal will mean using roof panels that are 24 feet wide instead of 16 feet wide, saving $5,773, while having no impact on longevity or strength, said Assistant City Engineer Dennis Bennett.
Secondly, the metal lining on the roof in the shop area will be deleted, saving $26,035. It should also help to absorb a lot of the sound from tools and equipment.
Finally, the city is being given a credit for the door hardware. There was an allowance of $35,000, and Kyburz-Carlson did not spend it all, and $5,231 will be credited back to the city.
Commissioners also approved a progress payment request of $371,496 for the project.
Meanwhile, commissioners approved two personnel changes in the police department during their brief regular meeting.
Patrol Sgt. Derek Layher was transferred to a detective sergeant position, while the board also approved a recommendation to promote Officer Sam Freng to patrol sergeant.
The city will be posting internally for a school resource officer.
In other business, commissioners:
• Approved requests for alcoholic beverage consumption in a public area filed by Christopher Fuentes for a family Christmas party Dec. 24-25 at the Nordby Exhibit Hall, and by Denise Matson, for a birthday party Dec. 30 at the Campus Center.
• Appointed Richard and Sarah Mittelstedt to the Community Garden Committee.
• Renewed the joint cooperative agreement with the Northeast Council of Governments for 2018.
• Agreed with a recommendation from the Capital Assets Committee to replace obsolete computer software for Parks and Recreation/Splash Central.
Total cost is $13,230. Budgeted funds will pay for the $4,050 annual maintenance fee and the $9,1­80 balance will come from unspent 2017 second penny sales tax funds.

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