LARGO – Largo commissioners were taken aback May 20 at a request to increase the budget for the Church Creek bank stabilization project by another $90,000.
The cost of project was originally approved at about $691,134 and included the installation of a vinyl sheet pile retaining a wall along 930 feet of the Church Creek drainage ditch. The ditch banks constantly erode, causing damage to the adjacent concrete cart paths and other features at the Largo Golf Course.
However, the contractor, Steve’s Excavating, has discovered a large amount of rock and clay that must be removed and replaced to continue the installation.
Commissioners questioned how engineers were not able to anticipate the extra costs. City engineer Leland Dicus defended the city’s plans.
“I still think we have a cost-effective project. But in hindsight, if we were to utilize this particular material in the future, the vinyl, I think we would do more extensive geotech analysis ahead of time,” he said.
The extra funding was approved, 5-2, with Commissioners Curtis Holmes and Michael Smith voting against the measure.