Commissioners Go Over Exterior Renovation Project Costs, Set Special Meeting Later This Month

WAYNE – With a few short agenda items on the regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning, the board spent nearly 90 minutes on one subject.

From the courtroom of the Wayne County Courthouse, Jerry Berggren and Jake Geisert with Berggren Architects were on the hot seat. Discussion pertained to the Wayne County Courthouse Exterior Renovation Project.

Of the lowest bid received, the contractor had an estimated total cost of $3 million. On March 22, commissioners approved option two along with synthetic slate shingles for an estimated cost of $1.8 with a 15% contingency. Commissioners had several questions on where the roughly million dollars was at that wasn’t projected.

The architect firm stated they are confident in lowering the total cost. But, were talking about options of not completing the whole project which the commissioners were not in favor of.

Berggren will be looking to negotiate with the subcontractors that would do the work and see where they can lower the costs. When comparing the estimated numbers Tuesday morning, Geisert noticed there was cost of $733,000 for general conditions that the architect firm didn’t account for.

Earlier in the meeting, the commissioners received a listing of values for the 7th Judicial District personal property still at the former Court Services Building. Board Chairman Jim Rabe and Commissioner Dean Burbach were then designated to cast ballots for election of officers at the 2018 NACO Convention.

Project Manager with NextEra Energy, Phillip Clement provided updates on the Sholes Wind Project. The anticipated date to become fully operational is July of 2019 and will hold a steady pace of construction through the winter months.

The next regularly scheduled Wayne County Board of Commissioners meeting will be on Tuesday, November 20 at 9 a.m. while a special meeting about the exterior project is set for Wednesday, November 21 at 9:30 a.m. Both meetings will be held in the courtroom of the Wayne County Courthouse.