City discusses municipal building change orders
GALLIPOLIS, Feb 08, 2013 (Gallipolis Daily Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
During a regular meeting on Tuesday, the Gallipolis City Commission approved change orders number two and three for the construction of the new Gallipolis Municipal Building.
The change orders total $275 for fiber optic cable weather head and $612.15 for the relocation of a gas line, for a total of $887.15.
The only previous change order for the construction of the facility in the 300 block of Third Avenue in Gallipolis totaled $17,548.75 for excavation work and electrical service.
This first change order was passed by the commission on December 18, 2012.
Hoon, Inc., of Athens was awarded the project after they presented the lowest bid for the work in the amount of $794,450 last July. Construction on the project began in late August.
During Tuesday night's meeting, city commission vice-president Steve Wallis commented on the lack of change orders for the project.
"I have fooled around with the numbers and they [Hoon, Inc.] have only went two and half percent, and probably not even that, above what they said," Wallis said. "Normally, you're going above 10 percent, that would be the norm. These guys are staying in line. Just like [the city manager] said earlier, they are going to stay within the bid, and they did."
Gallipolis City Manager Randy Finney reported that there are a few other small change orders that may be coming before the commission in the near future for the project, but overall, he is pleased with their work.
"They've done a good job," Finney said.
During a special commission meeting held last Tuesday, Finney reported that the contractor is pushing to have total construction finished by February 8, with an additional week scheduled for cleaning and other smaller additional work to be completed before the administrative offices can move into the building.
On Tuesday, Finney reported that the project still looked to be on schedule for their slated completion.
"We still look good schedule-wise," Finney said.
The approximately 6,000-square-foot building, which sits on a portion of land once used for municipal parking, faces Court Street, with its back facing People's Bank on Third Avenue.
As previously reported, the reasoning behind the placement of the building that will house the municipality's administrative offices, including the city's utility, tax, code enforcement, auditor's and city manager's offices, is the conservation of public parking spaces.
Prior to construction, 116 parking spaces were available in the municipal parking lot. Post construction, approximately 100 spaces will reportedly be available for the use of the public.
Other new features of the "administrative building," as it is called by city officials, is a drive-through window and exterior, public restrooms.
The drive-through window will be utilized by the utility office and will allow residents to more easily make their utility payments.
The public restrooms will be a benefit to those pedestrians visiting the downtown area.
Current plans are to close the public restrooms at 9 p.m. each night and at 11 p.m. during nights when events are being held downtown.
The two separate male and female restrooms will only be accessible from the outside of the building and will not allow users to gain access to the interior administrative offices.
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