Supervisors to consider settlement with contractor
A motion to approve a settlement with the contractor of the Yuma County Justice Center and Historic Courthouse renovation projects is on the agenda for this week's meeting of the Yuma County Board of Supervisors.
The board meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday because of the holiday Monday. It will begin at 9 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Auditorium, 198 S. Main St.
Pilkington Construction Co. was awarded the contract as general contractor for the construction of the Yuma County Justice Center and renovation of the Historic Courthouse. The contractor had made a request for equitable adjustment for both projects, seeking a total of approximately $3.7 million in additional compensation for added time and costs incurred to complete the works.
Litigation ensued and settlement negotiations have been ongoing for several years. The case was mediated and Yuma County staff agreed to recommend to the Board of Supervisors settlement for $900,000.
In other business Tuesday, the supervisors will be asked to authorize establishment of a four-way controlled stop at County 9th Street and Avenue D.
Yuma County Department of Development Services had received a letter from a concerned resident requesting action after the intersection was the site of a traffic accident in April in which three women were killed. An evaluation of the intersection found there were a total of 21 accidents there, dating back to 2005. Five of them occurred between July 26, 2012, and April 22, 2013. The query showed that 15 of those accidents might have been prevented through a four-way stop at the intersection.
Supervisors also will be asked to award a bid to DPE Construction Inc. in the amount of $146,342 to make improvements to the intersection of 28th Street and Alameda Avenue. The project is being undertaken to allow for increasing the speed limit in the area from 25 mph to 30 mph, as requested by area residents who expressed concern about the slow speeds and the harsh valley crossing at the intersection.
Also before the supervisors is an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Somerton for the construction and maintenance of drainage improvements. The agreement would pave the way for the Northwest Somerton Drainage Improvements Project to address drainage needs north of Main Street and west of Somerton Avenue in that community.
The estimated cost of construction is approximately $1.5 million. Phase 1 is for construction of a new trunk line along Cesar Chavez Avenue and storm drains along Spring, Jacobs and Jefferson streets and Van Brunt Avenue. Phase II is the local collection lines to be constructed by Somerton with street improvements.