Lincoln City public works staff got a taste of some pointed dissatisfaction over the way the Canyon Creek Pump Station and Open Space project has been going, or more to the point, not been going. City Councilor Henry Quandt said he distinctly remembered the discussions from last year when they funded the project, that there was an urgency to get it built, and at the time the cost was estimated at something around $750,000. Now the cost is over a million dollars and at least six to nine months late in being built. City Councilor “Chester Noreikis also weighed in asking what went wrong. When it was revealed that one of the architectual firms underestimated the design costs on the project due to the complexity of the building’s multiple uses. However staff said the company made good on other aspects of the project and that they were pleased with the company’s overall performance. The said it has been a proven performer for the city on earlier projects. Noreikis asked if there were other architectural firms available in the area that could do the work, and the consensus seemed to be no.
Staff told the council that construction on the pumps station, parking lot, rest rooms, pathways and other upgrades should begin this May. City Manager David Hawker chimed in adding his support for the architectural firm, adding that the project hasn’t gone out to bid and with the economy as slow as it is, contractors bidding on the project might be hungry enough that the cost of the project could move downward toward the earlier lower estimate. “We’ll just have to wait and see how the bids come in,” said Hawker.