Deal reached on P St. work

Work to straighten West P Street and realign its intersection with Cemetery Road will pick up again in the spring. Tekamah City Council last week approved a plan that is expected to have the street open in time for Memorial Day observances at the cemetery.

Nearly a month ago, acting on the advice of its attorney, Tekamah City Council turned down a proposed change order for work on West P Street.

The council chose instead to work out an agreement with its contractor that would save the city money and help pursue in court action against a telephone company that provides service in Tekamah.

During its Dec. 18 meeting the council received two change orders from its contractor, Woehler & Sons. The change orders became necessary, at least in part, the city contends, due to delays caused by CenturyLink’s inaction in moving its utility lines in the area. Not moving the lines caused a six-week delay in construction. Efforts were further hampered by a rainy fall.

One change order totaled $86,750, the other was for $106,455.72. That latter also included downtime caused by other delays. The council agreed to negotiate a settlement with Woehler for its portion of the additional cost, estimated by JEO, the engineers on the project. at $31,500.

At Thursday’s council meeting, a change order for $25,000 was approved, as was a pay request for $23,940.

It’s a substantial reduction,” JEO representative Baylor Boeschen said.

Boeschen said the new figure was developed during a meeting with city officials, JEO and the contractor. He said the sheet provided to the council that shows what the city’s money pays for is vague on purpose. He said doing so gives attorneys more flexibility in pursuing the matter in court.

The agreement also calls for what is know as “substantial completion,” by May 20.

“It may not be all done, but it’ll be drivable by Memorial Day,” Boeschen said.

Its Dec. 18 decision also directed City Attorney Matt Munderloh to work with Woehler’s attorney in seeking payment from CenturyLink.

In other business Jan. 24, the council:

—Approved an auditorium rent waiver request from the Tekamah-Herman Ball Association. The group plans to hold its annual spring fundraiser in the auditorium March 30.