PASADENA Council is scrambling to find a way of lowering costs on Pasadena’s new recreation facility after discovering the tenders for construction were all over budget.
The deadline for tenders was Aug. 6 and council has 60 days past that date to award the contract, otherwise it is to be retendered.
Town manager Brian Hudson said the project is currently about eight per cent above design costs and several options are being explored.
He said four tenders were received, with the lowest at just under $8.5 million. Engineers are working on the design to make it less expensive and they are working with the Department of Municipal Affairs to try and share any cost overruns.
“(Eight per cent) is not considered a large amount of money in the design process, but we’d rather cost share that on an 80-20 basis rather than taking on the burden by ourselves,” he said. “We are currently in those discussions with Municipal Affairs and we suspect that we’ll have an ultimate decision within two weeks.”
Further complicating the project is the municipal election, which is being held on Sept. 24. If that decision doesn’t come in two weeks, the two could overlap each other, meaning a new council may have to make a decision either way.
Funding for the project was awarded in the summer of 2011 and was announced during a visit from Premier Kathy Dunderdale.