Barry County Commission’s committee of the whole unanimously recommended approval of two requests by Robert Van Putten, architect/owner of Landmark Design Group to do with renovation of the Community Building by Beckering Construction.
Van Putten asked for a five percent construction contingency fund of $40,000 and also that County Administrator Michael Brown be allowed to approve change orders of up to $7,500. Anything more than $7,500 and less than $10,000 would be reviewed by the committee of the whole and change orders exceeding $10,000 would go to the full county commission for a decision.
Van Putten said the changes would cover unforeseen items that often occur on renovation projects and let the project move forward with little or no delay; it also follows county policy.
He noted that nothing unforeseen has been found by Beckering one month into the construction, "which is good."
Also, Van Putten said the contract with Beckering was lowered by $13,060 from $808,890, to $795,830 after some cost savings were found.
“The work on the project is off to a good start and the project appears to be on schedule for an Oct. 24 completion date,” he said.
In other business, May 17, the committee recommended approval of:
* making the temporary Office of Community Corrections (OCC) GED instructor Richard Todd Willard the permanent instructor for the remainder of the 2016 fiscal year at a pay rate of $19 an hour, for up to 18 hours a week, as requested by OCC Director Dawn Karfonta. The cost is funded by the state.
* renewing a contact with BC&BS to provide hospital and prescription services for Barry County Jail inmates from July 2016 to July 2017. Brown said the program allows the counties that participate with BC&BS discounted rates the insurer has negotiated with other hospitals, doctors and pharmacies, and he recommended it.
* budget amendment A-16, which involved $5,438 in both income and expenses, but did not affect the bottom line in the $15,393,956 budget.