Ca­toosa wraps stormwa­ter im­prove­ments

The Catoosa County News - - FRONT PAGE - By Adam Cook Acook@catoosanews.com

Ca­toosa County of­fi­cials re­cently ap­proved a close­out change or­der that fi­nal­izes its stormwa­ter im­prove­ment projects that have been go­ing on through­out the com­mu­nity.

County Build­ing and Zon­ing Di­rec­tor James Davis re­cently pre­sented the fi­nal or­der to the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers dur­ing its most re­cent meet­ing Oct. 16.

The board unan­i­mously ap­proved the $1,500 in­crease in the over­all cost of the work.

“The pro­posal is for fi­nal change or­der and a cer­tifi­cate of sub­stan­tial com­ple­tion for our stormwa­ter im­prove­ments project,” Davis ex­plained.

Davis says the project ad­dressed sev­eral ar­eas of need within the county: two sites within Mor­ris Es­tates on Mor­ris Drive and Foster Drive, is­sues on Blue Heron Drive.

Davis also broke down the ini­tial change or­der on the project, which in­cluded sig­nif­i­cant work along Po­plar Springs Road. In July, the ad­di­tion of the Po­plar Springs Road work from Har­ris Drive to Hol­comb Road made the cost of the project jump a lit­tle more than $97,000 from $460,076 to $557,696.

“The orig­i­nal con­tract, plus change or­der num­ber one, was $557,696 and the fi­nal change or­der ad­justs the ac­tual in­stalled amount and time to add $1,553 and 20 days to the con­tract, there­fore the fi­nal cost is $559,252.33, and the com­ple­tion date was Sept. 14, 2018,” Davis ex­plained.

The work was paid for with 2014 Spe­cial Pur­pose Lo­cal Op­tion Sales Tax funds.

As far as the fi­nal uptick in cost goes, Davis says there were some ad­di­tions to the Po­plar Springs Road area of the project.

“What we ran into was an is­sue on that fi­nal sec­tion on Po­plar Springs Road,” he said. “The Pub­lic Works Depart­ment re­quested some ad­di­tional work be done, and in turn, we had to in­stall an ex­tra junc­tion box and that is the amount of the change or­der. The work is com­pleted, it’s all done, we have done the walk through on it and ev­ery­thing meets staff ap­proval.”

The rea­son that por­tion of Po­plar Springs Road was added to the over­all plan ear­lier in the year was due to safety con­cerns sur­round­ing a lim­ited shoul­der and a gas line that had be­come ex­posed in a ditch.

Davis says all the con­cerns were met with the work, and the area is safer for res­i­dents and other trav­el­ers. “It looks grea. It looks great and it’s work­ing great. It has ac­tu­ally been mowed a cou­ple of times. Ev­ery­thing has turned out great. Even some of the prop­erty own­ers that were com­plain­ing dur­ing the project, we’ve not heard any­thing from them, so ev­ery­body seems pleased.”

/ Con­trib­uted

Front, from left: Emma Stoker, Brock Reid, Cole Hughes and Skye Richard­son. Mid­dle, from left: Colt Un­der­down, Cay­den Farmer, Cameron Davis, Ella Grace Tucker, Cora Jack­son and Laney Wil­liams. Back, from left: Rhett Blanken­ship, Wil­low Pierce, Carla Mc­crary, Melissa Mckown and Jen­nifer Crosland.

/ Adam Cook

One of the big­gest por­tions of re­cent stormwa­ter projects in­cluded con­cerns along Po­plar Springs Road at Har­ris Drive.

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