City to discuss project budgets at council meeting

South Lake Tahoe City Council will field a request for more funds to finish a project that went over budget among other items on the agenda.

The city is requesting additional funds to finish the 1740 D Street project. The council will vote on the project at the upcoming council meeting at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the City Council Chambers on 1901 Lisa Maloff Way.

The city bought the property in 2013 for $1.5 million to be used as a new location for a new Public Works division.

At a November 2018 meeting, the council approved $2,618,375 to CNW Construction for the project. The bid only included at 5% contingency for overages, compared to the 10% normally included in bids.

The project is 75% completed but the budget fell short on budget due to owner decision changes and “unforeseen conditions or architectural and engineering (A&E) errors and omissions,” a memo from Jim Marino, Capital Improvements Project Manager to the council said.

The project needs $257,098 in change orders and $122,000 for budget appropriations.

Other agenda items include approval of a $100,000 grant for hazard mitigation planning.

The grant was already submitted, since the deadline was Sept. 13 but city staff will rescind the application.

The council will also vote on a memorandum of understanding regarding rejoining the California Tahoe Alliance, a lobbying group focused on securing funds for the basin and coordinating implementation of the Environmental Improvement program.

The City of South Lake was a founding member of the alliance but left it a few years ago.

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