YORK – When the York City Council meets in regular session on Thursday, they will consider an addendum for final design and construction phase services associated with crossing improvements for the city’s quiet zone project.

It was submitted by the firm, Felsburg, Holt and Ullevig (FHU).

The company says in its proposed addendum: “This proposal includes fees associated with revising the final plans, specifications, cost estimates, construction phase services, and BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad) invoice review in preparation for a revised bid letting and summer/fall 2019 construction. This addendum is necessary to cover our additional services due to several unforeseen but necessary efforts on FHU’s part to assist the city on this project.”

The company lists the following as the “unforeseen but necessary efforts:

• BNSF delays in completing their work at the crossings – the anticipated completion was September 2018 but is still underway as of this date.

• Multiple BNSF changes including the placement of pedestrian gates at Delaware Avenue and Blackburn Avenue crossings. This required a total redesign in the placement of emergency exit pedestrian fencing at both crossings. This work also requires several additional on-site reviews with a new BNSF manager of public projects.

• Due to the above items and higher than expected bids by a single contractor, FHU was required to prepare updated plan sets, specifications, bid documents and advertising for a new bid letting this May.

• FHU continues to review the multiple (25 to date) BNSF invoices forwarded from the city for compliance with the city approved agreements with BNSF. We track the billings and point out any discrepancies to the city.”

It was initially determined that the estimated fee for FHU was going to be $54,000. The company is proposing a revised fee of $83,325 due to the before-mentioned extra efforts.

Also on Thursday night’s agenda for the city council:

• A resolution will be considered regarding the adoption of the city’s update to its comprehensive plan.

• The council will consider authorization of property acquisition by eminent domain of real estate in the area of East 16th Street and North Washington Avenue. This small amount of land would be used for future street right-of-way and infrastructure to support future development in that area, according to the meeting agenda.

• A special designated permit application filed by the Knights of Columbus to serve alcohol during the county fair will be considered.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m., in the council chambers.


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