Danedri Thompson
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City council members reluctantly approved a series of change orders for a sewer project related to the construction of a new elementary school and middle school, June 3.
Three of the changes will add more than $43, 883 to the cost of the project.
A fourth change will require a monthly cost of $12,633 to pump sewage around the construction site so the elementary school can open with sewer capabilities later this summer.
Council member Heath Freeman moved to approve the change orders, however, he said the city should have a discussion with the school board about possibly sharing the costs of the sewage pump around.
“There should be a conversation with the school district saying here’s the cost we’re going to have to absorb,” Freeman said. “We’re going to have to do this one way or another, because the school is going to be opening.”
In other business, city council members tabled the approval of a contract for photo services for team and individual pictures of Gardner Parks and Recreation sports. The city anticipates earning more than $9,000 in commission from the sale of the photos, but council members had questions about parts of the proposal, specifically the offering of a $20 gift card for parents who can’t afford to purchase photos.
Council members also adopted a five-year list of road improvements they hope will be partially funded through the County Assistance Road System Program. The projects include a $294,000 proposal to put a traffic signal at the 183rd and Center Street intersection in 2014; Moonlight Road rehabilitation in 2015; and partial Center Street reconstruction in 2017.
Approval of the list does not commit the city to doing the projects. Under the CARS program, cities are eligible to receive 50 percent of the cost of construction on approved projects each year.