By DENISE GRANT
The price tag for the new Hancock County engineer’s garage at 1900 Lima Ave. just got a little higher.
On Thursday, the county commissioners approved a $75,740 change order from general contractor Studer-Obringer of New Washington. It is the final change order on the project, the company has said.
Early last year, Studer-Obringer was awarded a contract for $2.7 million to build the garage, and has submitted a total of $128,257 in change orders.
The recent change order addressed problems with water pressure in the new building. The building failed a flow test conducted about two weeks ago. Weak water pressure must be fixed before state building inspectors will allow the county to occupy the building.
Also included in the change order was a request for $19,871 to modify electrical service to the fire pump, and the electrical connection to the sprinkler system’s air compressor.
Another $45,325 was needed to pay for the purchase and installation of a natural gas booster pump.
Added gas pressure is needed to service the building’s built-in, backup generator, which can operate on a 24-hour basis if necessary. A reliable backup is needed at the garage to ensure road crews can continue to work in the event of a disaster. The garage would also serve as a public shelter.
The change order also includes relocation of air compressor connections, $340; credit allowance for natural gas service bid, $5,000; replacement of bridge crane hoist, $12,254; and additional exterior concrete work, $2,950.
The change orders total about 2 percent of the overall project’s cost.
Separately, the commissioners awarded a $19,940 contract to Tooman Roofing & Painting, Leipsic, to repair and paint the dormers, overhangs, porches and gutters at the former Hancock County Home, 7746 Hancock County 140, which houses the Hancock County Educational Service Center.
The commissioners also agreed to amend the lease agreement with Kirk Development, Findlay, for the housing of the county’s Veterans Service Commission at 1100 E. Main Cross. The commission, which needed more space, relocated its offices inside the office building.
The commission is now located in suites 123 and 124, with 2,637 square feet of space.
The additional 537 feet in Suite 124 will cost the county $805 per month.
The county now pays $3,850 per month, or $46,206 per year, to house the veterans’ commission at Riverview.