Change orders spark council discussion

By Matt Lasley -

The number of change orders relating to the cost of the Leitchfield Ball Park Complex project sparked concern among some Leitchfield City Council members during their meeting this past Monday, Oct. 17.

During the City Council’s regular meeting on Monday, five change orders relating to the Ball Park project were placed on the agenda for City Council approval.

The change orders were as follows:

*A $19,400 change order from Scotty’s Contracting & Stone, LLC for 4-inch thick concrete slabs at the dugouts, increasing the contracted sum from $675,731.90 to $695,131.90.

*A $32,736 deduction on the contracted sum from Gene Ray Electric Co., decreasing the contracted sum from $88,580.30 to $55,854.30.

*Two change orders from The Fence Co.: one deducting $119,519 from the contracted sum and another adding $8,928.28, the latter of which is for the furnishing and installation of eight foul poles. These two change orders reduce the contracted sum from $232,807.64 to $122,216.92.

*A change order deducting $149,000 from Arrow Electric Co. Inc.’s contracted work. The deduction reduces the contracted sum from $358,000 to $209,000.

While the City Council approved all of the above change orders, City Councilmember Billy Dallas expressed concern about what he feels to be a high number of change orders relating to a project.

Prior to this meeting, the City Council had already approved numerous change orders in other meetings, as well.

“I don’t remember doing anything having this many change orders,” said Dallas, explaining that he felt that some of the change orders, such as the purchase and installation of foul poles, should have been considered earlier on.

A construction meeting with the architect for the project, Lynn Armstrong, is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 25, and Dallas requested to present copies of every change order since the City Council signed off on the project to Armstrong and ask if that many change orders is standard procedure for a project like the ball park complex.

City Councilmember Kelly Stevenson said that when Grayson County Middle School was built, there were 47 change orders relating to that project.

Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason said he supported presenting the change orders at the construction meeting.

No other action was taken on this matter.

In other business:

*The City Council approved a change order deducting $4,477 from McNutt Construction’s contracted work on American Legion Post 81 Veterans Memorial Park’s plaza.

This deduction reduces the contracted sum from $95,326.08 to $90,849.08.

*The City Council went into executive session to discuss potential land acquisition and the potential sale of land.

Upon returning to regular session, the City Council voted to advertise for the sale of land on West Walnut Street, as well as authorize Thomason to negotiate the potential purchase of real property.

*Leitchfield Public Works Director Sheila Puckett announced that the city Solid Waste Transfer Station, located at 315 West Lake Dr., will be closed beginning on Thursday, Oct. 27 at noon and all day on Friday, Oct. 28 due to repairs to a wall.

The repairs were budgeted for this fiscal year, and the Transfer Station will re-open on Monday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 a.m.

*The City Council voted to accept the sole bid from Warren RECC to open an electrical franchise in Leitchfield pending the completion of an ordinance accepting the bid.

*Puckett said the Millwood and Leitchfield landfills, which are believed to have gone unused for more than 20 years, have been officially closed; however, the city will still be responsible for their upkeep.

By Matt Lasley

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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