Grand Forks City Council plans to approve amendment compensating KLJ Engineering for contractor delays – Grand Forks Herald

GRAND FORKS — An amendment with KLJ Engineering for construction administrative engineering services in the amount of $52,454 was discussed by members of city council at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.

The administrative engineering services provided by KLJ related to the reconstruction of North Columbia Road, which was completed last year. A construction engineering agreement was signed with KLJ in May 2021, but contractor delays led to time extension negotiations and prolonged inspections.

The proposed amendment will compensate KLJ for services beyond the original scope of the project, with part of the amendment covering the additional time KLJ has spent on the project due to contractor delays.

The reconstruction project was discussed at many previous board meetings until 2016, when the board approved a federal application for transportation that included the project, but funds were not granted. In 2018, the board approved a federal transportation application that included the project again, with funding eventually granted. The board approved an agreement with KLJ for preliminary engineering services in the amount of $266,409 and any necessary budget amendments in 2019.

The project included the reconstruction of North Columbia Road from the overpass just north of University Avenue and involved a new section of roadway, sidewalks/bike lanes, traffic lights, streetlights, pedestrian underpass upgrades, replacement of a section of sanitary sewer line and other miscellaneous work.

In other council news Monday:

  • Council considered approving a noise waiver and proposed operations for the Downtown Development Association’s Downtown Street Fair, to be held August 19-20. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Vendors will include Bonzer’s Sandwich Pub, Half Brothers, Joe Black’s/Red Pine Distillery and Rhombus Guys Brewing. The DDA and vendors are requesting a noise waiver, a mix and a proposed layout for the downtown street fair to be held on city streets. All guests purchasing alcohol will be required to have a wristband. DDA will provide additional volunteers.
  • Council received an update on the proposed lead service line replacement program. In April, the council approved the filing of an application with the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality for a loan under the Clean Water Act. The city applied for $375,000 from the state’s Clean Water Revolving Fund and received approval, with $337,500 being loan forgiveness. The program will cover 90% of the cost of replacing lead service lines for homeowners who have not yet replaced their lead service lines. The city is working with the City of Bismarck, which is offering a discount to residents who work with a pre-approved local contractor to replace their home’s lead service line. The program in Grand Forks would be structured similarly and is expected to begin later this year.

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