“They’ll come back to do the concrete work at each end of the pipe and to have Rita Mae Drive overlayed with new pavement,” he said.
City Council approved in July a $721,225 contract with Majors Enterprises to fix the stormwater runoff problem, but even though the contract included contingency funding, additional contingency funds for the project were approved earlier this week.
Mann went back to the council on Monday to ask for $65,566 for additional contingency funds for the project. However, he believes the project will still come under budget and won’t require that financial cushion.
During periods of heavy rain, some of the local streets experienced heavy flooding which results in sediment on the roads. Rita Mae and Muskopf drives, as well as Lake Michigan Drive, Muskopf Court and Sherry Drive, have been impacted by the problem.
The contract also includes funds for additional detention basin improvements.
Even with the added contingency funds, the project is under the original estimate of $880,000. With contingency costs folded in, Mann was prepared this past summer to ask City Council for close to $1 million for the project.
Majors Enterprises’ bid came in more than $240,000 under the estimate, according to bid documents.
Mann said while there could be several reasons for bids coming in under estimates is the novel coronavirus pandemic. He said as local governments were scaling back projects, companies likely believed only so much work would be available in 2020 as communities were only doing essential projects.