Indian Rocks Beach commissioners authorize $109,491 in change orders for the City Hall renovation project.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – City commissioners Aug. 13 approved $109,491 in change orders for a major renovation project to City Hall.
The bulk of the cost, $95,846, is for structural repairs to the front wall. Other work includes excavation due to bad soil, $11,784; and plywood siding, $1,861.
The additional costs bring the total budget for the project to $275,000.
City officials have said the main front facade was found to be unstable. When the building was constructed in the 1950s, reinforcing techniques were not as reliable as they are today.
From the onset of the project, it has experienced unforeseen expenses.
“Hindsight will tell us that remodeling projects, especially those that involve older buildings, often experience unanticipated expenses. That’s certainly the case here,” said Public Services Director Dean Scharmen.
He said repairs would begin immediately.
City officials said in a memo dated March 13, 2012, that there had been discussions about the improvement, expansion or replacement of City Hall. They said that the community doesn’t need the expense of a new City Hall, and it is reasonably adequate though it may need some exterior repairs, interior remodeling and possibly an addition or two.
The original contract amount authorized by the City Commission in December 2012 was $113,164. The work stemmed from the city investigating a series of cracks in the exterior stucco of City Hall, with the most severe cracks being on the west elevation. Through several varied inspections, officials determined that the cracks were not a result of foundation issues and could be repaired cost effectively.
Because of the increased costs of the facelift, on Aug. 1, commissioners learned that there wasn’t enough money to carry out the planned relocation of the city’s solid waste facility and a $175,000 stormwater improvement project on Sixth Avenue.
In other matters, the city’s Keegan Clair Docks project received the Outstanding Project Award for marinas and harbor by the States Organization for Boating Access at its annual conference Sept. 30 through Oct. 3 in Portland, Oregon.
The city submitted the nomination for the project, and it was evaluated by the organization based on several criteria, including the use of engineering principles, innovative solutions to problems, cost effectiveness, measures taken to reduce long-term maintenance and the use of up-to-date safety and accessibility standards and materials.
The new docks were just part of a three-pronged project in the area over the last year. In addition, extensive shore stabilization took place as well as cosmetic improvements to Keegan Clair Park itself. All three projects cost nearly $550,000. About $200,000 of that amount went to the docks, $312,000 for the shore stabilization and $35,000 for park improvements.
“The award reflects the excellent teamwork by the city of Indian Rocks Beach City Commission, city staff, state of Florida, the Pinellas Planning Council, Woods Consulting and the contractor for the project, Enterprise Marine,” a city news release said.