City accepts change orders
By Ty Johnson
Published in News on August 10, 2012 1:46 PM
The Goldsboro City Council approved two change orders this week for the Center Street Streetscape project.
The actions were taken at the council's meeting Monday night.
One was for $138,594 to cover the cost of removing two feet of soil and replace it with soil that will better support the new street. Excavation revealed that the existing soil isn't suitable to support the planned roadway.
The city will use its supplies of soil to reduce costs, but the contractor indicated that the extension of the contract deadline by three weeks would be necessary, meaning the project, which was expected to be completed Oct. 15, could remain unfinished until November.
The second change order involved a Daniels & Daniels Construction Co. request for $50,111 for additional line items due to price changes and a one-time charge for materials delivered to the site that have been removed from the project scope.
City Manager Scott Stevens said the change orders would be paid for through a combination of the project's contingency fund and the Utility Fund. Councilman Michael Headen expressed concern about the number of "snags" the project has hit since construction began in mid-May.
The council opened its meeting with better news, and a few laughs.
The Wayne County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board presented Mayor Al King with a check for $192,000 as a result of changes in state law governing how much money county boards can have on hand at a time and an increase in alcohol sales.
Wayne County ABC Chairman Joseph Sawyer and other members of the board presented a check to King, who invited the board to return with more checks -- no matter how small. He then sat down with the check until Stevens asked him about it.
"But he gave it to me," King said, laughing.
He then stood up to hand the check to Stevens, who, in turn, handed it to Finance Director Kaye Scott -- who King refers to as "Moneybags."
King then said he felt better with her holding it.
In other business, the council approved by consent the awarding of a $35,058 bid to Kinston-based Barnhill Contracting Co. for improvements to the parking area at H.V. Brown Park, as well as the approval of three site and landscape plans. One was for A Caring Heart, a teaching facility proposed to cater to clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities which intends to open up at 1923 Salem Church Road in a former office building.
The site and landscape plan for Kornegay Recycling's office and maintenance shop was also approved by consent, along with the renewal of the New Century Bank site plan. The plan was first approved in 2007 and has been reapproved each summer since.
The modification of a site plan for Ruth Glisson was also approved by consent. She is seeking to convert her property on the west side of Center Street into a residence.
Other items approved by consent included the subdivision of property owned by Stephen Denning Tart at the corner of Vine and Virginia streets, the relocation of utility lines along Salem Church Road and the sale of surplus real property the city owns at the intersection of South John Street and Arrington Bridge Road.
A petition for voluntary annexation was also approved, which will allow the city clerk to examine the petition to determine if it's sufficient. It asks for property at the southwest corner of the intersection of Salem Church and Buck Swamp roads to be brought into the city limits.
Here's how the Wayne County ABC Board distributed its $2,088,884 of sharable revenue from fiscal year 2011-12:
N.C. General Fund - $1,598,401
N.C. Department of Revenue - $74,954
N.C. Department of Health and Human Services - $7,497
Wayne County Alcohol Rehabilitation - $26,389
Wayne County Law Enforcement - $21,327
City of Mount Olive - $24,469*
City of Goldsboro - $150,317*
County of Wayne - $170,000*
Wayne County Alcoholics Anonymous - $1,100
Educational Programs - $14,430
*Additional funds were given to the municipal governments due to changes in statutes concerning the amount of capital each ABC Board can hold. It was reduced from four months worth to three months during the 2011-12 session of the General Assembly. Goldsboro's additional funds received due to the change was $192,000, Mount Olive received an additional $38,000 and the County of Wayne received $230,000, all during meetings this week.