Council Approves $50,000 Change Order for Cochrane Park Contract

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Yelm City Council approved a nearly $50,000 change order to complete “phase one” of its Cochrane Memorial Park reconstitution initiative at its July 13 meeting, adding to the previously adjusted contract of about $400,000 already approved for the project.

The change order became necessary after the arrival of new bathrooms, part of the project’s “phase one,” which exposed additional electrical needs of the park moving forward.

The park’s existing service panel is too limited to operate existing and future power functions of the park in addition to the electrical needs of the new restroom facility, Yelm Public Services Director Cody Colt told councilmembers.

When the restroom facility was delivered, it was discovered that its circuit capacity was too limited for the facility’s power load, which includes the operation of its septic tank effluent pump, the council agenda packet states.

The new restroom facility currently has a 100-amp power junction box, which is more than enough to meet its power load, but the power load is also greater than the facility’s existing circuit capacity, which fills all available space, according to the packet.

Armed with this information, Colt recommended that a new 200-amp service panel be installed in the park, with a new circuit being routed to the new restroom facility.

“The change order provides for a new 200-amp service, meter assembly, treating, conduit and conductors (wire) to supply 100 amps to the restroom facility as well as 100 amps to the existing circuits,” the agenda packet states.

The additional 100-amp panel will be installed in the restroom facility, with the existing box being rewired to make the new circuit connections.

In addition to new bathrooms being put into the facility, phase one’s originally-allocated funds were set to expand the park’s inlet pipe to accommodate more reclaimed water into the park’s natural filtration system through use of its series of ponds. Pond one, which was overgrown with invasive species was cleaned out and a new non-permeable liner for the pond will be put in. The money also covers new plants for the sake of natural purification for eventual discharge of the reclaimed water in the aquifer and the construction of a new bridge near the inlet pipe and pond one.

Also at the meeting, city councilmembers approved additional 2021 lodging tax grant awards amounting to $8,000 and $2,500 to the Nisqually Valley BBQ Rally and the Nisqually Valley Home and Garden Show, respectively. The other $20,000 in the fund will go toward the Yelm wayfinding sign initiative, which includes previously-allocated money that was carried over for the project.

Additionally, councilmembers approved a resolution which allows existing Yelm Police Department employees to serve as the Civil Service Commission secretary chief examiner, which was prohibited in Yelm city rules and regulations back in the 90s. The Civil Service Commission represents all sworn police officers. The employee, however, cannot be a commissioned officer represented by the civil service.

Finally, appointments to various commissions and committees were approved.

Steve Craig, Rob Corl, Heidi Haslinger-Corl, Deborah Baker and Jane Walker were appointed to the Arts Commission.

Timothy Aiken, Jalane McAtee, Glenn Rex, Jonathan Bellows Sr. and Allyn Verbal were appointed to the Police Advisory Committee.

Jesse Kellems and Tim Kerfoot were appointed to the Parks Advisory Committee.

Floyd Sheldon, John Graver, John Thompson, Anne Wahrmund and Jerry Fugich agreed to extend their terms as Yelm City Planning commissioners.

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Bald Hills Reader

And this pretty obvious and common problem could not have been spotted, identified, and resolved BEFORE the project budget was approved and the contracts were signed BECAUSE ? Just one more way to spend more taxpayer money without our approval. Under budget, sign the contracts, take delivery of stuff that cannot be used without [wait for it] spending yet more of our money. This is irresponsibility of the highest degree.

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