Trustees approve change orders for Benton Township sewer projects

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

BENTON TOWNSHIP — Trustees approved seven changes Tuesday night for various Benton Township sewer replacement projects.

Midwest Civil Engineering determined there were unforeseen conditions that increased the cost of the Ogden, Ridgeway, LaFayette and McKann sanitary sewer replacement projects.

The change orders approved Tuesday included costs for relocating a sewer main, taking down and reinstalling fence, removing a concrete driveway located over a sewer line and installing covers on clean outs in asphalt and gravel roadways.

B&Z Construction, which was hired for the construction work, required a few change orders that added to the final total cost.

The township will pay an additional $97,900 in change orders – with about $9,800 in engineering and $88,000 in construction costs. Accounting for the change orders, the projects’ final cost is about $742,800.

The sewer projects’ original cost was nearly $645,000. The original cost included more than $560,000 in construction fees and about $84,000 in engineering.

The last sewer replacement project was completed in November.

Rob Pirsein answered questions from the board on behalf of MCE. Some of the change orders involved taking out larger portions of roads than were anticipated.

“We had an idea what type of soil we would be working with underneath the asphalt. The concrete near Ogden and Napier … there was probably a good foot of concrete below the asphalt. These were additional costs that they had to remove unforeseen concrete to complete the project.”

Clerk Carolyn Phillips said a substantial amount of the change orders will be covered by the township’s budgeted contingency line item. Phillips said there are still some bond proceeds available to pay the difference due to other sanitary sewer projects that came in under budget in 2015.

Pirsein said the new pipes installed should have a lifetime of more than 50 years.

“All these items were overages that we had that were needed to complete the project,” Pirsein said. “We ended up replacing about a mile and a half of pipe. This was old pipe that needed to be replaced to keep this township’s infrastructure in good standing.”

Contact Tony Wittkowski at or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Jan. 20, 2016)


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