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Danville approves contract extension due to delays in water plant expansion

The Danville City Commission has granted an extension to the contract of the engineering company overseeing the water treatment plant expansion.

A representative with HDR Engineering Inc. asked city commissioners Monday to approve the extension on the company’s contract through Nov. 30 in order to align HDR’s contract with the projected completion of construction by Judy Construction. Judy Construction currently has a completion date of Nov. 23.

Brent Tippey from HDR told the City Commission that the construction is 939 days in out of 1,003, according to the original contract, making them 93 percent complete. 

However, due to a period over the summer when they were short staffed, they are further behind than expected. 

Tippey said the targeted completion date was Nov. 23, according to the original contract. HDR and Judy Construction discovered a few months ago that they were not going to complete the project by that date, and they don’t expect to be completed until the second quarter of 2017, he said.

Judy Construction will have to approach the city commission for an extension into 2017 once they determine a possible completion date.

The city will pay HDR $71,970 to continue overseeing the project until Nov. 30. After that, HDR will continue overseeing the project at a cost of $24,850 per month, according to the resolution passed by city commission. That cost will come out of the project’s contingency fund, according to the resolution.