City terminates contract with Hackett over library

By Chris Steinbach · Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The West Liberty city council unanimously approved terminating the contract with Todd Hackett Construction for renovations at the West Liberty Public Library and settling with the firm for $102,711 during the Sept. 18 meeting. It’s anticipated the firm will rebid the project.

City officials closed the library at 400 N. Spencer St. on May 15, following recommendations from Cedar Rapids-based Shive Hattery Architecture and Engineering and Terry Goerdt, the city’s building inspector. It was closed because of water damage the building’s walls have sustained due to improperly done construction when the library was expanded 10 years ago.

Renovation of the library was initially estimated to cost $750,000 and the work was awarded to Todd Hackett Construction of Muscatine, which bid $600,000 to do the job.

After the estimated price of the work increased to more than $1.5 million because of the additional work, the city was advised to rebid the project.

At its next meeting, the Council is expected to set a public hearing for the sale of emergency general obligation bonds to finance the increased costs of the library renovation.

The library is temporarily housed in a former bank building at 100 E. Third St., but could return to its permanent home by early summer if the project can be kept on schedule.
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