Mayor Drew Gilbert said the change was necessary because a crew with Civicon, LLC recently discovered water and an old foundation while excavating dirt on the site.
“Building and Earth Sciences, who did the geotechnical work on the site to begin with, will come back in and analyze this so Civicon can keep moving forward with site prep,” Gilbert said.
The cost of the additional geotechnical monitoring brings the total cost of the city’s contract with Civicon to $305,625.60.
“The good news is that Civicon’s bid was below what we were awarded and had planned for site prep. So we’re still below our original number for site prep even with this,” Gilbert said.
Preparation of the site is not expected to be delayed, according to Gilbert.
In other action, the council:
• agreed to pay $125 in annual dues to the International Code Council to cover the city’s three building inspectors.
• hired Nick Sourvelis as a part-time dispatcher.
• accepted two applications for the vacant District 5 seat. Annie Stacks and Larry Sides are looking to replace Stephen Tidwell, who recently resigned. The council is expected to vote on the matter at the Feb. 25 council meeting.
• learned from Police Chief Nick Smith that the department has been approved for a $50,000 Homeland Security grant that will be used to purchase equipment such as video cameras for patrol vehicles, tasers, shotguns, radios, computers and a utility vehicle.
• learned from Chief Dean Harbison of Cordova Fire and Rescue that the department has received $731,277 in grants and donations since 2001. The bulk of the funding came through the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.
The most recent grant received by the department will be used to purchase reflective address signs for residents. Harbison said the signs should be ordered within the next two weeks.