Deputy Mayor Lisa Shaffer: “Two years ago, before the council approved a $3 million bond issue to construct a replacement for the Moonlight Beach lifeguard tower, I said that $3 million sounded like an awful lot and asked if maybe we could try to build it for $2 million, and if that proved impossible, to grow the amount little by little from there. Nevertheless, the council approved the $3 million bond issue.Click on over and read the whole thing.
“Now, Mr. Deane, you say the total cost for what we have taken to calling the Moonlight Beach Marine Safety Center will be $3.73 million. A short time ago, a city engineer — I assume that city engineer was you, Mr. Deane — estimated the construction cost would be $2.2 million. Giving you the benefit of the doubt, I’ll conclude that your $2.2 million figure was strictly the construction cost, that is, it didn’t include the add-ons that I always find baffling when I look over contracts the city lets. With the 10 percent contingency, the lowest strictly construction cost bid was $3.2 million, which makes it $1 million more than your estimate.
“I know it’s the city’s habit to pay far more that anybody in the private sector would pay for a construction project but even given that fact, a $1 million discrepancy seems quite large. Please explain if you would, Mr. Deane.”
Deputy Director Ed Deane: “Humma, humma, flub, flub.”
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Encinitas Guerrilla on the $3.73 million lifeguard tower and how business is done at City Hall