Committee changes funding for some public works projects

The Rapid City Public Works Committee approved all items on its agenda Tuesday afternoon.

One approval, which was on the consents agenda, included a no-cost amendment to change the funding source from Vision Funds to CIP Government Buildings of $835,350 for the Fire Station 1 reconstruction project.

The $14.39 million project will expand the fire hall to approximately 40,000 square feet. Rapid City Council approved $15,035,000 by a 7-2 vote as part of the $20 million surplus fund in October 2021.

Rapid City Fire Chief Jason Culberson said all of the money for Fire Station 1 is now in the CIP. He said there was initially some $300,000 in funding in Vision for design services with some bills being paid. He said that now the invoices can go to the CIP.

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Culberson said the $835,350 was originally paid by Vision and should have been CIP.

“It’s just a matter of correcting where the money should have come from and directing additional funds to the CIP,” he said.

The committee also approved a no-cost change order between the city and Heavy Constructors for Phase 1 of the Deadwood Avenue reconstruction, correcting a funds coding error in Change Order #1.

The committee also approved authorization for staff to seek competitive selection proposals for the purchase of Shaft 12 variable frequency drive equipment upgrades for $150,000.

According to the agenda item, the well is a critical water supply that serves thousands of customers in southwest Rapid City. The variable frequency drive has “reached the end of its useful life, parts are becoming obsolete and supply chain issues are compromising the level of continued service,” the agenda summary reads.

The committee also approved a request from a resident for reimbursement of a $49 charge applied to her utility account on August 24.

— Contact Siandhara Bonnet at [email protected]

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