Post Number: 13
|Posted on Monday, September 15, 2003 - 07:35 am: |
I noticed that on tomorrow's council agenda there is an item for a change order to the engineering fee for the design of Frisco Street. If the engineering design fee change is for more than $39,000, then what is the increase in construction cost? What are the fees for purchasing the many additional easements from the property owners? The memo states these additional improvements will increase hydraulics upstream and downstream of Frisco Street, so have there been flooding problems on private property? By the City's ordinances and language required on plats, the City does not own the creeks, Homeowners' Associations and other private parties are the owners. Why is the City spending this extra money for a private property concern? How will this heavy extra spending on such a small project affect the rest of the projects scheduled for completion by the bonds? City staff is recommending the money come from the same "pot" that is already allocated for other projects, so what will be neglected because of this new project? Why was this not identified sooner by the City? Complete due diligence by City staff should have identified this sooner and not as an expensive afterthought. Is the City adding more streets near their new City Hall and their development project called Frisco square instead of spending the money throughout the City? There are several areas around the City that need road improvements and new roads, why is so much of the money being spent near the City's developments at the expense of the rest of the City?
Frank Jaromin, City Engineer
Post Number: 14
|Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - 06:14 pm: |
The change order for Frisco Street includes additional drainage easements staff had included 5 parcels and with the final engineering drawings it was found that 3 more parcels were required. There is no anticipated cost of these easements because they facilitate their future construction. There has not been any flooding along this creek to my knowledge but this basin is not built out and we are looking to the full build out. When the City builds a road we have a responsibility to construct adequate facilities to promote growth and development just the same way we require the developers to do. I do not believe this will be a large cost to incur for a project of this size. When we negotiate with the engineers we are trying to be good stewards for the City I donít believe it would be prudent to over compensate and not get what we pay for. The only road projects being paid of from the bond near the new City offices (Frisco Square) are Main Street and Frisco Street.
If you would like to discuss this further please do not hesitate to contact me at 972-335-5580 ext 156