GulfQuest change orders not a big deal, official says

Four change order requests before the Mobile City Council on Oct. 22 for the GulfQuest Maritime Museum are not indicative of the museum running over budget, a city official said today. On the agenda for the meeting, the council is being asked to approve moving four scopes of work to other contract companies. While there are large numbers attached to the work, City Attorney Larry Wettermark said the money has already been allocated, but the work needed to be moved to another contractor. “The requests are for shifting work from one contractor to another,” he said. “The money was already dedicated, so in essence it’s just reallocating the money.” Wettermark said there should be about $25,000 left in the contingency fund. When the city took out a 2009 bond for $21,390,00 for the museum, it was believed the museum would cost $24,390,00. The city was using $3 million to make up the difference. In 2011, the council approved another $3 million warrant after final costs were expected to exceed the first estimate. Of the $3 million bond, $2 million was budgeted while $1 million was reserved for “contingency.” On June 11, the council approved additional changes that used $967,811 of the $1 million contingency fund. This left only $32,189 in the fund. The new changes, if approved on Oct. 22, would use around $7,200 of that money. The first...

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