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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 20, 2014

Council accepts wastewater project completion as final

By DONNA SCHILL CLEVELAND, Ledger staff writer | Dec 21, 2012

The Fairfield City Council unanimously accepted the Emergency Power System Project for the city’s wastewater treatment plant as final Monday night at city hall.

The $1.2 million project was mandated by the Department of Natural Resources, installing new generators and building an addition to the treatment building with new wiring. Wendler Construction of Amana, Iowa completed the project.

The council also addressed the Sludge Storage Tank Project at the plant, which is nearly complete minus a few outstanding issues. Melanie Carlson of French-Reneker-Associates Inc. presented to the council on the status of the project.

“There are a few items still left on their contract,” she said.

According to Carlson, originally Grooms Construction requested $182,139.13 for its work this month. The agreed upon completion date was Aug. 28, which the company did not meet. Therefore, liquidated damages of $18,000 was a negotiated settlement to be withheld from the amount due. This is to cover increased costs incurred by the city due to the delayed completion.

The city agreed to pay the company $142,139.13, holding back the $18,000 for missing the deadline, plus an additional $22,000 until the project is complete. Carlson said the delays have been due to “a mirage of items, mainly related to the contractor coordinating his own labor.”

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