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Posted on Jul 11, 2016

Quincy council approves change orders to police facility

The Quincy City Council on Tuesday approved the 10th change order associated with the construction of the new police department, bringing the total value of the change orders to $157,836.
The change order most recently approved was $22,540.
The city budgeted about $3.5 million for construction of the 9,340-square-foot facility, said Ariel Belino, city engineer.
The industry standard, when budgeting for such projects, is to expect about 10 percent over initial estimates, Belino said. At $157,836, the change orders are about 4.5 percent of the estimated cost.
And with the new police facility about 95 percent completed, Belino doesn’t expect many more unforeseen costs, he said.
The construction of a new police facility is the first of three phases for the $5.4 million project, called the Municipal Office Complex. The second and third phases, which include the remodeling of the old library into new city administration offices and the remodeling of the existing city administration area into an evidence and training room for the police department, will start in the coming months.
In other city business:
–The council also approved the annexation of 58 acres on the city’s north side, on M Street Northeast. The property, owned by the Quincy School District, will be the future site of the new high school, which is in the planning stages now.
The city in May held a hearing about the annexation; however, no one commented.
–The Quincy Police Department has approved a new work schedule for its officers. Officers now will work 12-hour shifts, not to exceed more than 80 hours in a two-week period. (Officers will work one eight-hour shift in lieu of a 12-hour shift per two-week period so the scheduled total hours don’t exceed 80.)
Under the new schedule, there never will be less than two officers on duty in the city.
The new schedule is much like schedules that neighboring law enforcement agencies follow, said Chief Bob Heimbach.
The new schedule is being done on a trial basis. It can be cancelled at any time if a two-week notice of cancellation is given by either the city or the police officers association. Officers started on the new schedule last week.
–The council also recently approved its Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program. The program, required by state law, prioritizes the city’s transportation improvement projects through 2022.
Listed at the top of the city’s priorities is the intersection at 13th Avenue Southwest and Highway 28. The roadway there will be widened and reconstructed and either a roundabout or traffic signal will be installed. No decision has been made yet on whether a traffic light or roundabout will be used to control traffic at the busy intersection.


— By Jill FitzSimmons,

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