Council approves change orders
By Scott Bellile
The New London City Council approved about $32,000 in change orders for two construction projects during a special council meeting on Aug. 29.
An additional $26,913 will be spent on Fremont Street work and another $5,022 on the entrance ramp reconstruction outside New London Public Library and Museum.
The Fremont Street project, first approved by the council on Aug. 8 at a cost of $14,915, involves resurfacing the 288-foot road with asphalt pavement. Northeast Asphalt of Greenville will complete the project this fall as roadwork wraps up on East Beacon Avenue, which runs perpendicular to Fremont Street.
On Aug. 29, New London Zoning Administrator Paul Hanlon asked the council to, in addition, redo the sidewalk and curb and gutter on Fremont Street, replace two catch basins on the corner of Fremont and Cook streets and repave the East Beacon Avenue and Montgomery Street intersection one block over.
“Basically all of the curb and gutter along Fremont Street and around the corner onto Cook is in poor condition along with the sidewalk,” Hanlon told the council. “So if you’re going to take the blacktop out, it’s best to go in and do the curb first so that you’re putting it back against new curb instead of trying to do it the other way.”
With the $26,913 change order, the project will now total $41,828.
After the Fremont Street work was approved, New London Parks and Recreation Director Chad Hoerth presented his case for the library ramp change order.
The $270,000 library ramp reconstruction currently underway was first approved by the city council in June. Cardinal Construction of Fond du Lac is handling the job.
When crews removed the old ramp in August, they exposed a concrete layer that serves as a ceiling to a room below the ramp in the library. As a result, “we have water infiltrating down into that room down below,” Hoerth said.
The $5,022 change order will replace that top concrete slab and introduce a watertight membrane with a cap to prevent water from leaking into the room.
The council approved each change order by a 7-0 vote. Second District Alderwoman Mary Tate, Third District Alderwoman Lori Dean and Fourth District Alderman Rob Way were absent.
The city council’s regular monthly meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 12, after press time. The council was set to act on several items, including the passage of an annual $20 wheel tax and the first reading of an ordinance to move construction start times ahead one hour to 6 a.m.