Public Safety Building update: 64% complete and sticking to schedule

by beth on April 16, 2019

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Above: Progress documented in the latest construction project update on the Public Safety Building.

I received the latest monthly construction update on the Public Safety Building. The report covers the month of March.

The newsletter from the Project Manager shares a requested 4 day project extension by the construction company. The Public Safety Building Committee Chair informe me that was since denied.* The completion date is still scheduled for July 10th.

The project was listed as 64% complete at the end of last month. The only “Issue/Concern” the Project Manager noted was trying to limit change orders that would impact the project schedule.

Click here to view the report. I missed sharing the February report, but to be honest there wasn’t much new there. If you’re curious, you can open that here.

*The increased time request was discussed at the April 8th meeting. It was based on a project change order request to add over $19K for a grease skimmer under the Fire Department’s sink based on a requirement from the Plumbing Inspector. At that meeting, the board authorized Chair Jason Malinowski to follow up with the Plumbing Inspector and Design Team.

He’ll be reporting the resulting denial of the change order and extension at their next meeting. (That’s on April 22nd and will continue to take place bi-weekly until police and fire move into their new digs.)

Apparently, the was denied post meeting based on further discussions with the Plumbing Inspector and Design Team and a further explanation will be outlined during the 4/22 meeting. (We are moving to an every other week schedule until the departments move in).

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 arborist April 16, 2019 at 8:46 PM

grease skimmer for the fire dept. sink? what the heck are they cooking ? sounds like they aren’t eating a healthy diet.

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2 Concerned Voter April 17, 2019 at 9:41 AM

This project is a series of excesses: too big, too expensive, constructing a carport for cars not owned(?!), and now this: an $18,000 grease trap? That couldn’t have been included in the original budget? The solar carports (no bid situation, countered by one reader’s multiple examples of how to get it done better on this blog) were the cherry on this ridiculous cake. Let’s not forget every off budget gimme, including new personnel to fill this boondoggle, all at salary plus health plus pensions (who gets anywhere these days). Can the taxpayers play basketball in the new gym? All of this while the taxpayers and seniors struggle with ever increasing taxes and other projects go by the wayside. Enough. Ridiculous over spending.

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3 beth April 17, 2019 at 3:59 PM

I don’t understand your comment given that the grease trap expense was denied.

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4 Concerned Voter April 19, 2019 at 9:14 AM

All items should have been included in the budget. What’s so hard to understand about that? This is project mismanagement. The persons requesting and missing these items do not belong managing any project of this scope.

An $18,000 grease trap? How about the $65,000 steel cabinets? Or the gym? Or the carports for cars not owned? Will personal vehicles be parked there?

Also, no further off budget items should be requested or allowed on this project. How about the one bid or no bid situations? The ridiculous construction of carports for cars we don’t have or own on a one or no bid situation? Check out the comments by one blogger who posted multiple ways of getting that item resolved. There will be more expensive requests down the road including personnel (plus pensions, plus benefits, plus healthcare), equipment, cars, etc. etc. All of this while other projects have been neglected or gone by the wayside.

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5 Publius April 17, 2019 at 9:19 PM

The building is coming along nicely. In five years we will be happy with the result and praising money well spent.

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6 SB Resident April 18, 2019 at 3:17 PM

I have a nice Mercedes Benz. I’ve had it a few years and I am still very happy. I would not force my neighbors to buy one.

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