Waiting for further evidence

CNCC moving ahead with 3 change orders, postponing review of a fourth


— Colorado Northwestern Community College officials are planning to move forward with three change orders while postponing a fourth.

The CNCC board was scheduled to host a special meeting Monday to vote on a proposed change order to a city-mandated extension of Ninth Street on a 100-parcel west of Craig where both CNCC and TMH plan to build new facilities.

Recent geotechnical studies conducted by NorthWest Colorado Consultants indicated that the water under the proposed roadway was wet and could destabilize the planned thoroughfare.

Subsurface water also has been detected on other parts of the parcel.

John Boyd, CNCC president, said previously that installing a drainage system to remove water from the property could cost up to $40,000.

However, college officials called off the board meeting, Boyd said, and chose instead to wait for further geotechnical studies to determine their next step.

"I don't want to take it to the board until we really know what we're doing," Boyd said.

"We want to give it a couple weeks to dry out," he said, adding that NorthWest Colorado Consultants engineers are scheduled to revisit the site later this week.

In the meantime, the college is planning to go ahead with work on other projects required by the city, which include installing an additional fire hydrant and relocating a telephone pole.

Boyd estimated that city-mandated projects will cost an additional $20,000.

City Engineer Bill Earley was unavailable for comment Monday.

Another $3,500 will pay for a ditch to move excess water off the property, Boyd said.

"That is really not affecting the road," he said, "but we want to get (the water) out of there so when we start building, they can get it to dry out some."

Going forward with those change orders, which are estimated to cost about $23,500 total, won't require approval from the CNCC board. At its monthly meeting June 30, the board voted to approve additional work that totaled up to $35,000, or roughly 5 percent of the road extension's estimated $691,000 cost.

However, if the situation pans out the way Boyd predicts it would, that situation could change.

The price of a fourth change order for removing water from the planned roadway would be lumped with the first three, Boyd said.

Any added expense totaling more than $11,500 would tip the change order package over the 5 percent mark and would therefore require board approval.

The final change order could cost up to $20,000.

Nevertheless, college officials are waiting for further studies before making their decision.

Boyd said several circumstances could cause excess water on the property.

"It could be a wet year : (or) it could be a pocket" of water, Boyd said.

"We don't know any of that until the (geotechnical engineer) goes back and finishes the evaluation and figures out what we need to do."


taxslave 8 years, 9 months ago

Correct me if I'm wrong, you might remember granny,...Remember when the highschool was built? Didn't it slip and break pipes the following Spring because of the unstable land? I remember something was wrong after-the-fact.


50cal 8 years, 9 months ago

or it could be the stinking contrator from denver who isn't doing the right amount of compaction. Tax the new high school did move, still is. Why? the contracter didn't compact the fill like they were supposed to. See where this is going?


grannyrett 8 years, 9 months ago

The school was sliding down the hill. The foundation cracked and was at an angle because of the downhill movement. I think one of my younger brothers was in the first freshman class at that time. I know the pool is leaking now, they are always adding water to it. Wonder where that water is going?


50cal 8 years, 9 months ago

second year to graduate granny he was a junior when they opened the new high school


lonelyone 8 years, 9 months ago

how's come most of those houses in that area are ok? The Methodists built a church up there that they had to give up because it moved too.


grannyrett 8 years, 9 months ago

Years ago, I worked for a guy that had a house east of where Murdock's is now. The basement walls on it were moving. It's not anything new in that area. That whole hill is unstable.


50cal 8 years, 9 months ago

the ground is stable if the proper prep work and compaction is done on the foundation. Thats why we have things called soil samples and engineers. to make sure that the proper work is planned and being done.


Tammy Showalter 8 years, 9 months ago

whatever happened to "an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure".... I think everyone is in such a hurry to get that money spent they don't care. If a problem arises because of their lack of planning, just dig deeper into the taxpayers wallets to fix it.


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