Friday, November 12, 2004
Wastewater plant hits another delay
Changes in a Massachusetts state construction law are affecting the wastewater treatment plant bid process, reported School Building Committee Chair Christy Barbee at the November 3 Carlisle School Committee meeting. Massachusetts school projects which cost over $1.5 million must first hire a project manager before hiring the construction company, explained Carlisle School Business Manager Steven Moore.
"We have to do this by law?" asked committee member Michael Fitzgerald. It is the state law that a project manager who provides oversight must be hired first, he was told. Committee member Wendell Sykes asked, "If we had a public engineer in Carlisle could we use him?" Carlisle does not have a public engineer at this time, noted Moore. "Will it replace the need to hire a 'clerk of the works'?" asked Fitzgerald. "No," answered Moore, "this person is the oversight design/project leader." The project manager would earn between $20,000 and $30,000 depending on the number of hours spent on the project.
Construction bids already received have to be rejected, explained Barbee, but the same companies can re-bid as project managers. "The upside of this is..." began Barbee. "You found an upside?" asked Sykes. Barbee continued, explaining the project manager will provide leadership and be someone who knows what is going on. In addition to technical skills and business knowledge, the project manager will need to know the state construction laws, pointed out chair Nicole Burkel.
"Nobody has a full grasp of the laws yet," said Moore. He said a list of project managers approved by the state will be available in 2007. "Until then," said Moore, "we'll just kind of bump along."
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