About $183,000 was budgeted for the project, but costs rose to $310,000 as city staff added more aesthetic details and lot features throughout the planning phase, city engineer Ying Kwan explained Monday.
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The new plans include landscaping areas, irrigation and a rock wall with wrought iron fencing at the top. The 115-foot wall, which will be sheltered and illuminated, will create a display place for market merchants and other advertisers to display city-approved signs and banners.
FS Construction was the lowest bidder at $257,610, but another $52,390 was required for a contingency fund to cover any unforeseen cost overruns, Kwan said.
To cover the additional $127,000 needed for completion, Kwan advised Council that additional money could be taken out of the city’s Proposition C fund, which contains money leftover from a transit tax levied in 1990.
“It’s a worthy project,” Mayor Pro Tem Don Voss said. “I realize it has become more elaborate as time has done by. (But) this is going to be a very attractive value-added project for the city.”