City to use contractor for engineering services

July 1, 2010

By Staff

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At its June 15 meeting, the City Council unanimously voted to allow interim City Manager Rob Wyman to enter into a contract with the firm Gray and Osborne Inc. for engineering services in the city. Wyman signed the contract — as not to exceed $148,000 — shortly after.

The city will work with the firm until it hires a new public works director — who will likely be a licensed engineer — this fall. Former Public Works Director Maiya Andrews was a licensed engineer.

The firm will help the city with closeout work with Coal Creek Parkway phases one and two, and the Downtown Transit Improvements project. Also, the installation of the new traffic signal at the intersection of Newcastle Way and 129th Avenue Southeast requires engineering expertise that the city does not have in-house.

The firm will also help with smaller projects that require design, engineering review and construction management.

The firm previously served as the city’s engineering consultant for more than eight years, until 2005.

This contract authorization came to the council in accordance with the new contracting and purchasing policies that were approved in March and stated that engineering contracts of more than $25,000 must be approved by the council before the city manager may sign them.

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