A Memorandum of Understanding, (MOU), between the City of Buffalo and Johnson County concerning the shared additional costs of design and easement acquisition on the NW Water Pipeline Project was tabled until the county commission's next meeting November 19th.
Jim Martin, with WWC Engineering, brought the additional MOU before the commissioners and explained the need for it.
Original engineering estimates on the cost of the project was $3.6 million, of which 67% would be paid for by a grant through the Wyoming Water Development Commission, (WWDC), with the remainder to be split evenly between the City of Buffalo and Johnson County.
The lowest bid came in at $2.6 million, leaving roughly $800,000 of “unaccounted for” money for the project that could be used for contingencies and other unforeseen costs.
The $60,000 spent on easement acquisition and design costs may be covered by the fund, but an additional MOU will be drafted for the city and county to sign in case those costs aren't covered.
Jim Martin and the commissioners discussed the issue further.
Martin suggested the county and city enter into the new MOU to cover the $60,000 in case it is needed.
Deputy County Attorney Barry Crago will look over the original and additional MOUs to possibly correct due dates for payments and make other changes that may be necessary, discuss them with City Attorney Ben Kirven and bring the latest draft MOU for the commissioner's consideration.