Another round of changes is costing the county another $100,000 on the $2 million jail project.
A second change order for additional revisions for the old Phelps County jail renovation was approved by the Phelps County Commission and Phelps County Sheriff, Richard Lisenbe, adding a total amount of $107,249 to the original contract amount of $2,033,604 for the project.
The first approved change order for additional modifications increased the total cost for the renovation to $2,113,144. The second change order approved Tuesday, June 19 includes five items for alteration to aide in creating a complete jail facility bringing the total cost to $2,140,853.
Contractors will have an additional ten days to complete the alterations, moving the completion of the project to Sept. 19, 2018.
“There are always issues you run into as you get into the project,” stated project engineer, Jack Mentink, who explained the first item in the change order is due to an existing waterline coming into the jail.
Contractors will have to dig up and extend the 2-inch waterline and perform a street excavation to the 2-inch domestic water line tap, costing $2,541, including all street repairs.
The second item is in regards to the shower stalls for the jail, where contractors will add brass bodies mixing valves for all of the showers in the jail while connecting the pipes to the existing plumbing at the cost of $2,253.
“We weren’t aware that the special security fixture didn’t have mixing valves built into the original system,” said Mentink. “There is not a mixing valve that mixes the hot and the cold water to make it a reasonable temperature to take a shower.”
The third item is installing 1/2 inch thick polycarbonate vision panels into two existing doors for $327.
“We first got a proposal to put in security glass and bondage security glass that was like $700 plus, and what we came back with at the sheriff’s request was to reduce this cost, and we took another proposal that came in considerably less at $327 which is what we are proposing to do,” said Mentink.
The fourth item will replace the old railing that is “out of shape,” with a 42 inch galvanized steel railing along the rear of the existing concrete retaining wall of the jail, and removing and disposing of the concrete steps on the retaining wall that will cost $14,494.
The final item in the second change order will remove and replace the existing branch drain line that extends to three cells within the jail that first came back with a $13,000 price on them, and was negotiated down to $8,000, according to Mentink.
With no expected future change orders, Sheriff Lisenbe stated, “My thoughts on it are we are this far along, and again I’m not really happy with the change orders we have done, but we are going to live with them, some of them should have been looked at a little bit harder than when we first started doing this.”