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Library lot costs nearly double

Sept. 2, 2014

The bill has come in a bit bigger than expected for the City of Brookfield for its renovations to parking areas adjacent to the Brookfield Public Library.

Having originally budgeted approximately half a million dollars to the project, Tuesday the city's Common Council approved nearly doubling the expense, with an increase of $485,000 to the project's expenditure account.

"The bids originally came in higher than expected and then we ran into a few things," City of Brookfield Director of Public Works Tom Grisa said.

Among the unanticipated expenditures was bid prices coming in well over the $500,000 budget. The contract was awarded to D.F. Tomasini Contractors, Inc. for $650,000.

Other additions to the project's cost have included the addition of an originally unplanned parking lot to the east of the library. After the city's initial plans, a small area adjacent to other parking lots remained unused. Poor soil conditions in the construction zone also contributed to the increases to the bottom line.

"It was about $100,000 for the extra lot and at least $100,000 more because of the poor soil," Grisa said.

The poor soil, Grisa says, is a result of the city not removing it after past projects.

"When the parking lot was originally constructed, they didn't remove a layer of poor soil," Grisa said.

Poor conditions under a parking lot can lead to the pavement becoming uneven.

"We're investing this money now so in the future we don't have a roller coaster," Grisa said.

In total, the renovated parking lots provide 65 new additional parking stalls to be used by the library, senior center, and other city functions.

Grisa says that the project is all but finished aside from some landscaping touches that will be wrapped up in the months to come.

"They're still going to be planting some plants in the fall and into the spring," Grisa said. "Some plants like being planted at different times of the year."

The resolution was approved by the Common Council as part of its consent agenda.

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