Cleveland City Council members wanted a better understanding of the cost before they committed to paying construction engineering and inspection services related to Local Interstate Connector South.
Smith, Seckman and Reid billed the city $179,793 for professional services through Aug. 30. The city has paid the company $125,648, which leaves $54,145 remaining on the bill due to the extended contract of 52 days with Steve Williams Construction Co.
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation required inspections of erosion control devices on the project until it was 95 percent completed. At that point, city stormwater personnel assumed the responsibility of inspecting the site.
TDEC required an inspector on-site each day there was construction activity or on rain days. During idle construction days, monitoring is required only two days a week.
At-Large Councilman Richard Banks asked why the city was billed $1,105 a day for nine consecutive days in July on idle construction days.
“I read something that said no work went on in July,” he said. “If there was no work and it didn’t rain, there is really no need for him to drive over here from Nashville, is there?”
Development and Engineering Services Director Jonathan Jobe said the inspector should have been on site only two days of the week, unless it was raining.
“Two days on erosion control, unless it’s raining. If it’s raining, he has to come every day to monitor how much rain actually fell on-site. We’re doing that now and Saturday, we had our staff go out. We measured the rain gauge that’s on-site and it was 1.71 inches,” Jobe said.
Jobe said he would get an itemized list of what the inspector did each day and have the information available at the next Council meeting.
During discussion at the Council work session earlier in the day, Jobe said he met with Steve Williams Construction to finalize unit prices of concrete in the ditch. Williams was unable to find a concrete sub at that time.
Since then, Simpson Construction agreed to subcontract the work. The agreed unit price is $475 cubic yard. The total fix is under $180,000.
He said the city faces an Oct. 7 deadline with TDEC to correct the items listed under the notice of violation.
“The project is the end of that week, so we’re going to be real close to our deadline,” Jobe said. “We’re hoping they can speed it up and work some weekends to get it done on the seventh.”
Banks asked if the roadwork would be finished before the next Council meeting.
“That’s our goal,” Jobe said.
The city was issued a Notice of Violation on July 10. At the request of the city, an extension was granted. The new compliance date was set at Aug. 16, but was extended until Oct. 7.