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September 9, 2012

Sunday, September 9, 2012

MERIDIAN — Safeguards missing from city hall

renovation contract

    It is unfortunate that the city of Meridian entered in a contract with a construction company without constructional safeguards.

    These safeguards would have consisted of:

    1) Timeline checks as to the progress of the job, which would have included any and all extras not covered by the contract. However, if this contract was all inclusive of all unforeseen extras, then there would not been any extra labor and materials.

     2) Based upon the timeline, there should have been financial penalties against the primary contractor for not finishing a certain percentage of the total job contracted.

    3) Based upon the size of contract, it is not unusual for 10/15/20 percent of the total contract pricing amount to be held back upon completion of job, until all of the contract is completed. This would also include a final inspection. And also, inspections would be performed throughout the total job, from beginning to end. But, the final inspection would include any and all incorrectly, and/or improperly portions of the contract that were not performed according to the contract.

    I haven't read the contract, but unfortunately the city council is not pleased with total and final dollar amount that the city has had to pay.

    I, as myself, was excited about the renovation of City Hall five to six years ago. But, there were probably a large amount of Meridian's citizens that was not pleased, not only with the increasing cost overruns, but also the total final amount of money spent.

    I believe that the whole process of the contract could have been handled a whole lot better. I have based this observation upon the fact that I am a retired licensed remodeling contractor.     

    This opinion is based upon the article, " City Seeks Funds From Delay " in the Sept. 5, 2012 issue of The Meridian Star.

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