Pella Chronicle

December 14, 2012

Bell tower engineering agreement on hold

By Steve Woodhouse
The Chronicle

Pella — Calhoun-Burns is the likely engineering firm that will oversee renovations to the clock tower of the Marion County Courthouse, but before the Board of Supervisors can approve a supplemental agreement with the firm, board members want clarification.

The supervisors have previously approved a $63,000 agreement with the engineering firm for the project. This price encompasses several steps of the project.

A supplemental agreement presented to the supervisors on Monday called for $21,500 for planning and design, with another $8,000 for costs during the construction phase of the project. Board members were not sure, according to the language of the agreement, if there would be more costs incurred during construction. Total proposed cost of the agreement with Calhoun-Burns, including the supplemental agreement is $72,500.

Maintenance Supervisor for Marion County, Cal Stephens, will contact Calhoun-Burns to have this clarified before the matter comes back before the supervisors. No action was taken Monday.

Other supervisors' notes:

• Approved work beyond right of way agreements between the Secondary Road Department and Wade Puyear/Jim Sytsma, Dennis Murr, Ivan McCormick and Kyle Phillips.

• Following a public hearing, in which no comments were received, the supervisors approved the vacation of road right of way. The land is being transferred to the US Army Corps of Engineers.