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Unforeseen issues push Misltin field work to $4.3M

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POSTED February 6, 2013 12:51 a.m.

City officials are keeping their fingers crossed that no more major change orders are in store regarding the softball field construction at Mistlin Sports Complex.

“It’s now a (nearly) $4.4 million project, from $4.1 million,” said Councilman Leo Zuber at Tuesday’s Ripon City Council meeting. “That’s a significant amount.”

City Engineer Kevin Werner indicated that the change was due partly to “unforeseen conditions.”’

He pointed out that the construction crew came across the city’s potable water and storm drain conflicting with existing utilities and some of the existing lines needing to be lowered at the required depth as specified by the utility companies.

The change order tallied $226,836.

Council approved for the change, 5-0.

The money will be taken from the Parks Capital Fund, according to Werner.

In July, Council awarded O.C. Jones and Sons with the bid consisting of the deductive change of minus-$423,000, in turn, bringing down the original base bid to $4.1 million.

But during construction of the new softball fields – construction is taking place around the signature water tower, and will include restrooms and concession facilities – the crew came across some existing lines while doing the underground work.

“They didn’t know it was there,” said Werner, who doesn’t foresee any major changes are in store at this stage of the project.

He added: “If so, it will likely be on a much smaller scale.”

The change order also included lowering the existing irrigation mainline and grading for future sidewalk at the north / east field perimeter.

That brought the revised contract to $4.3 million.

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