Posted: Tuesday, September 10th 2013 at 12:27am
Clarkesville City Council delays contract with greenway architect
By Rob Moore Editor
The Clarkesville City Council voted Monday night to table a contract with a landscape architect until a work session at 6 p.m. Sept. 19. (Photo/Rob Moore)
CLARKESVILLE - The Clarkesville City Council voted Monday night to table the contract for a landscape architect to work on the Clarkesville Greenway extension.
"The contract that the landscape architect sent us is a standard American Institute of Architects contract," said City Manager Barbara Kesler. "There are a lot of pages, relatively complicated, and they are written in favor of the architect."
Kesler said she had concerns about a couple parts of the document allowing the landscape architect to bill the city for out-of-pocket expenses with no limits, and their ability to add 10 percent.
City Attorney Janney Sanders expressed concern that the contract allows the architect to charge the city 5 percent late fees per month on any amount owed.
Sanders noted he didn't know of another contract that included a possible 60 percent per year in late fees.
"Those are just things that we'll review, look at in more detail at a work session, and then negotiate back with the landscape architect with those," Kesler said.
Kesler explained what the project will include.
"We got a $100,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources for an expansion of the greenway - about a mile, and addition of handicapped access at one of the trailheads, and handicapped access in the trail to bathrooms that are existing over at Mary Street [Park]," Kesler said.
Kesler said the city will have some in-kind work obligations.
The work session where the contract will be discussed is set for 6 p.m. Sept. 19.
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