Officials ‘disappointed’ firm offered to pay only $3,500 for Fredonia Ave. changes that cost $68,000
The dust has long settled on the reconstruction of Fredonia Avenue, but Village of Fredonia officials are still at odds with the road engineers over a $68,500 cost over-run.
As the work on the east end of the project neared completion last summer, village officials were concerned that the slope from the new roadway to several private driveways on the north side of the road was too steep.
The centerline elevation of Fredonia Avenue from Village Hall to Wilson Street was adjusted, but Ozaukee County officials felt the change was not needed, so the entire cost of the change order was passed on to the village.
“I am not an engineer but I could see there was something wrong,” Trustee Jill Bertram sais.
Adjusting the road profile ended up costing $68,500, and village officials contend Ayers Associates — the road engineer — should cover at least part of that added expense.
In response to that request, the Waukesha engineering firm offered $3,500 with an additional $3,500 credit for future work with the village.
The company noted it also made road plan adjustments to address the issue at no charge to the village. Those revisions would have cost about $7,500.
In addition, Ayers said, it contributed nearly $25,000 toward a change order approved by the county and village to remedy unacceptable driveway grades and a staking error.
Still, Village President Don Dohrwardt said, the firm’s $3,500 settlement offer was “disappointing.”
Dohrwardt said he expected the engineering firm to offer 15% of the added project cost, which would have been approximately $10,000.
Village Director of Public Works Roger Strohm said the issue is greater than the amount of money the village had to pay for the road project.
“The $68,000 is a big chunk of change, but it also resulted in the work taking more time, which meant more dust, more noise and more inconvenience,” Strohm said.
Board members embraced that logic, and asked that a counteroffer be forward to Ayers asking that it pay 50% of the additional road work costs.
Dohrwardt cast the lone vote against the counteroffer, saying, “50% is not going to be acceptable at all to Ayers. I don’t want to end up in court over this.”