MONMOUTH — The Monmouth City Council approved an additional $96,000 at its April 21 meeting to complete the renovations to the new Monmouth Police Station, located off Highway 99W.
“For whatever reason, we didn’t have the best estimate for the station from the architect for the bond,” said City Manager Scott McClure.
The council had already approved $375,000 in July 2014, but it wasn’t enough to complete the project, McClure said.
The original estimate was $3.785 million to renovate the old Boise Cascade building, done by Group Mackenzie, the architect that was ultimately hired for the renovation.
McClure said the voters approved a bond of $4 million.
“To try and save taxpayers a few dollars, we only issued $3.935 million in bonds,” he said. “Project costs aren’t finalized yet, but we anticipate that the total project will be $4.406 million.”
“When we got everyone contracted and going, we only went with a 3 percent contingency,” he said. “We knew we were low, and just through a whole bunch of different things, we ended up off a little bit.”
One of the bigger issues that threw the budget off was making the building seismically safe, McClure noted.
“I think when the architects looked at (the building) initially, they thought it was stouter than it was,” he said. “When they really started looking at it, they said no, we have to do more.”
Other projects to renovate the old Boise Cascade building took longer than expected, which cost more time and money, McClure said.
“The project manager said it’s probably just 80 different things that came up a bit more expensive (than planned),” he said.
One of the most recent issues was a problem with the building’s sump pump, McClure said.
“We have an emergency electrical backup system,” he said. “The sump pump had failed in the vault, and the vault had rusted out all the components.”
Those components had to be replaced before the backup generator could be installed, costing another $3,000 to $4,000 more than expected, McClure said.
All said and done, total costs went over budget by about 12 percent — only 10 percent above the voter-authorized $4.0 million, McClure said, including bond costs, construction and buying the building itself.
He said 12 percent isn’t much over budget, especially for remodel projects.
“The fact is, we have a great police station,” McClure said.
An open house will be scheduled sometime in mid-May so the public may tour the building before it is used for police.