Kimberley flume should be done by end of month

Who will pay for cost overages due to budget delays headed to arbitration

There have been some complaints about how high the cement is in certain areas of the flume.

There have been some complaints about how high the cement is in certain areas of the flume.

Phase II of the Mark Creek Flume Rehab continues to vex Council as the project remains about eight weeks behind schedule.

Coun. Kent Goodwin put out the question as to when it might be done Monday evening.

“It’s not moving very fast,” he said.

City CAO Scott Sommerville said that the last schedule he had seen put demobilization in the last week of January.

Coun. Albert Hoglund also commented on a section where the concrete is very high.

“It looks awful,” he said.

Mayor Don McCormick said that the concrete was high in order to meet the 200 year flood level.

“There are rocks that still need to be placed in that area,” he said. “But it is a thorn among the roses.”

McCormick admits he will be very glad when the project is done.

“From the beginning the big issue on the flume was the scope of the project,” he said. “It was minimized. The first expectation that it would cost $4.25 million didn’t have a lot of detail. It became clear the project was bigger than implied. The plans in place were not detailed.”

The problem is, McCormick says, that decisions made in Phase I affect Phase II.

“There are things we would change if we could, but we can’t.”

As for the dispute over who will pay for the cost overruns —the City or the contractor — because the project is behind schedule­ — that is heading to court.