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Consulting contract up $172,400 for work at water filtration plant

Consulting costs for work at the city's water filtration plant are going up.

The Common Council last week voted, 8-0, to approve a $172,400 increase in a contract with Nussbaumer & Clarke.

The firm is providing on-site construction administration and inspections for a three-year equipment rehabilitation project at the Low Lift Pump Station on the grounds of the Col. F.G. Ward Pumping Station near LaSalle Park.

This increase, which follows a previous change order of $141,500, brings the total contract cost to $713,900.

The Council also approved several other increases for Department of Public Works-related projects:

*A $48,947 increase in a contract for road, storm sewer and sidewalk work at Colvin Estates subdivision in North Buffalo.

Costs for the work went up because of a lot reconfiguration that extended a roadway about 60 feet, City Engineer Peter J. Merlo said in a memo to city lawmakers.

The increase brings the contract with Milherst Construction to $885,975.

*An increase in a contract for electrical work at the new lockup in the basement of the City Court building on Delaware Avenue.

Frey Electric Construction Co. will be paid an additional $13,778 for changes to light mounts, as well as emergency feeder reconstruction, according to a memo from the Department of Public Works to the Council.

The total cost of the contract increased to $933,778.

*A $6,000 increase in a compost hauling contract with Lardon Construction Corp., bringing the new contract value to $76,000.

In other business, city lawmakers also awarded four contracts to the low bidders for rehabilitation work at 60 Hedley Place, an 1850s farmhouse in the Hamlin Park neighborhood.

Ledge Creek Development of Clarence Center was awarded a $614,000 general construction contract; Frey Electric was awarded a $141,000 contract; Ackerman Plumbing of the Town of Tonawanda got a $168,281 contract; and Parise Mechanical of the Town of Tonawanda was awarded a $167,000 contract for HVAC work.

Parise Mechanical was awarded a $57,700 contract for HVAC work at the Johnnie B. Wiley Sports Pavilion.

Nussbaumer & Clarke was awarded a $140,000 consulting contract for work on a package of planned parks improvements, including basketball, tennis and floor-hockey courts.

The Council also voted to accept a donation from the Larkin Development Group for new truck doors at the fire house at Seneca and Swan streets. The value of the three high-bay doors and a smaller garage door is $29,876, Public Works Commissioner Steven J. Stepniak said in a memo.

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