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April 9, 2013

Clinton School Board backs changes

District adds to contingency fund

CLINTON — The Clinton School Board on Monday approved two change orders for the new middle school that will put another $25,000 in the project’s contingency fund.   

First, the size of the sanitary sewer and storm sewer will be changed and 100 tons of rip rap will be added at the end of the proposed 60 inch culvert to meet city standards. According to Superintendent Deb Olson, this was not part of the original plan because of a miscommunication with the city of Clinton.  

“All of those are new things that have come up recently that they’re actually asking that all projects that they do now have,” Olson said to board members during the regular school board meeting Monday. “It just came through that the city engineer did not look at our documentation until after we had put our stuff out for bid.”  

The change to the sewers and the addition of rip rap, which is rock used to protect from erosion, will cost the district an additional $16,118. This additional cost will be offset by cost savings resulting from the other change order board members approved.  

The other change order involves the water for the middle school. Eric White, a project manager with ESTES Construction, explained that the original plan was to make a water line loop around the building. However, Iowa American Water decided to reduce the loop and become the contractor for installing the water lines. Because this option will remove the water component from the construction bid, it will save the district $41,540.96.

Olson pointed out that when the project originally came before Iowa American, the company was in favor of the school’s larger loop option and then informed the district it would prefer the reduced loop.

“This happened with two different people, once with the city Boardand now with Iowa American. In this case this favored us, but we went through all these exercises in the original design,” White said.

The $21-million middle school project had a $400,000 contingency. Based on the cost of the first change order and the cost savings of the water change order, the district has added a little more than $25,000 to its contingency.  

The savings from Iowa American will ultimately be even greater than $41,000. The school district will receive a rebate from the company based on water use in the first year up to $97,000. Also, because Iowa American will handle the water maintenance for the project, the district will save on those expenses. 

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