County OKs Cost Increase for Special Inspection on Detention Center
A $50,000 increase in the cost of a required special inspection of the county’s new detention center generated some contention Tuesday night during the board of commissioners meeting.
The board voted 4-1 to approve the amendment to the contract with Kleinfelder Southeast Inc, of Morrisville. Commissioner Tim Lea was the lone dissenter
The board voted 3-2 last October to award a contract to Kleinfelder Southeast Inc., an independent engineering firm specializing in special inspection and construction materials testing, that was not to exceed $268,885. Approval of the $50,000 would bring the total cost of special inspections to $318,885.
A state law adopted in 2007 requires special inspections for major capital building projects and includes soil testing and evaluation, reinforced concrete, structural masonry and structural steel.
The contract amendment states that the additional $50,000 is needed “due to additional man hours to perform the required testing and inspections services.”
Commissioner Tim Lea, who has consistently voted against the detention center project, took issue with the proposed amendment.
“The (jail) as supposed to be finished by Aug. 5, then we extended it to Nov. 4, and now we’re once again back to the table,” Lea said. “I guess $50,000 is not much in light of what will be a $42 million project, but for people not dealing with that kind of money, the taxpayers, it is a lot.”
In other business, Moore County Schools Superintendent Aaron Spence presented the schools’ fiscal-year 2012-2013 budget request to the board. Saying that “the success of every child is our top priority,” Spence asked for level funding from the county at $26,252,072, the same amount as requested for fiscal year 2011-2012, as part of a total budget of $95.8 million.
Commissioner Nick Picerno thanked Spence and the school board for the proposal.
“I appreciate you managing (the budget) so well,” he said.
Commissioners’ Chairman Larry Caddell also thanked Spence.
“I really feel good about the direction you’re going in,” Caddell said. “You’ll be a breath of fresh air.”
The board took no action on the budget proposal.
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