Brainerd City Council: Poor work plagues airport project – Minnesota News

Brainerd City Council: Poor work plagues airport project – Minnesota News

The council unanimously approved a fee amendment to the city’s contract with Short Elliott Hendrickson for consulting engineering services on the project. The fee amendment adds $61,165 to the existing contract, for a total value of $753,897.

The primary reason for additional engineering fees is due to the project not working as it was designed, council member Kelly Bevans said. Short Elliott Hendrickson will continue to ensure the project is completed according to specifications, he said.

“At this point, the workmanship does not meet the (specifications),” Bevans said. “However, the contractor is working on our behalf to get this project up and running.”

A memo from Scott Hedlund, project manager with SEH, summarized the support for the fee amendment. Most of the work done on the project during the winter and spring has been on correcting defective work, he wrote. This work has not had an effect on resolving the issues.

The memo mentions five different issues, including water main leaks, groundwater inflow into the gravity sanitary sewer system and a complaint to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency regarding claimed impacts to wetlands resulting from corrective work on the water main.

“While some corrective work is a normal part of construction and needs to be observed,” Hedlund wrote. “The extent of corrections needed on this project could not be predicted, and more engineering time has been and will be spent responding to these needs.”

The contractor responsible for the project running Brainerd Public Utilities water and sewer service from the city of Brainerd to the airport property boundary is Tom’s Backhoe…

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