A request by Geoff Spiering Construction for an extension to the contract to build the new city shop resulted in a change order to extend the contract by 33 days.
City Works Director Les Hook explained the situation to the council at their meeting last week.
The original agreement, according to Councilman Bruce Hepp, was for 75 days to complete the project, with no weather days in the contract. He also said the city had already added 45 days to the contract, and did not believe another 33 days would be justified.
Hook and City Attorney Ben Kirven told the council the original extra 45 days were added because the city had not vacated the property where the contractor needed to work, so the extra days were the city's fault. The latest request for 33 days is due to the unusually wet month of May which delayed Spiering Construction from starting on time. The council, after some discussion, voted to allow the extra 33 days and approved the change order.