GALLIPOLIS — City Manager Gene Greene addressed the Gallioplis City Commission on Tuesday in regard to the tardiness of the waste water treatment plant’s completion and the financial challenges that go along with the project being behind.
“CT Consultants is the engineering firm we hired for the waste water treatment plant (upgrades),” Greene said. “Mechanical Construction is the contractor. Mechanical Construction should have had the sewer project done July 7. In the contract, it says if it is not done by that date, the (contractor) pays $1,000 a day. (The contractor) is 82 days behind schedule. He’s looking at maybe finishing sometime in September. CT Consultants’ contract with the city runs out July 7. That means we have to pick up the cost of the engineering firm until the (contractor) has completed the project out here. That’s money out of our pocket.”
Greene said he sent the contractor a letter July 14 saying the project should have already been completed and the city was seeking damages for $1,000 per calendar day. According to Greene, he felt CT Consultants and Mechanical Construction were responsible for the completion of the project and the city had done nothing to hinder the forward movement of it.
Greene said he received a letter back from Mechanical Construction that stated if the city would release the company from the $1,000 a day obligation, the company would “pick up the tab for the engineering, inspection and all the paperwork until the contract was done.”
Greene said he felt the city would come out ahead because the “inspector of the job makes potentially $90 and puts in around 10 hours a day.”
Greene said he felt the city may potentially want to take up Mechanical Construction’s offer. With that, Greene felt a deadline should be instituted that if the project was not finished in “say September” the $1,000 obligation would “kick back in.”
In layman’s terms, if the contractor did not finish the project by the new deadline, it would face the $1,000 obligation again but from the new date and not the July 7 date.
“So we’re not out anything, we just don’t get to use the facility for the two months?” asked Commissioner Roger Brandeberry.
Greene said the agreement would not make the city money but it would not lose money, either, if the contractor picks up expenses.
Commissioners agreed with Greene’s proposal and another contract is being drafted with the new proposal in mind.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.