Board to consider 12 change orders

YOUNGSTOWN -- The city's board of control will consider 12 change orders today -- 11 for additional money and one cost reduction -- from the company handling foundation work at the convocation center.
The board will consider adding $83,118 to the amount of money the city is paying A.P. O'Horo of Liberty. If the change orders are approved, the company's contract for the facility would increase to $1,935,449.
Most of the changes are the result of design alterations by the city architect to the facility, estimated to cost $45.38 million and to open Oct. 29.
The change orders call for additional concrete, anchor bolts and cast piles. Also, a $2,147 change order is for overtime work to pour concrete to expedite the construction schedule.
A.P. O'Horo's original contract with the city, signed about a year ago, was for $1.62 million for the facility's concrete, to install stilts and for a small amount of steel.
The company's contract with the city for the facility increased by $76,769 from previous change orders, and by $155,562 to pick up the elevator installation contract.
Had to be rebid
The city solicited bids for the elevator installation twice. The first time, it received none. The second time, one bid came in at $298,233, about $100,000 over the engineer's estimate.
To avoid soliciting bids a third time, the city reached a deal with A.P. O'Horo for the contract. The company subcontracted the job to Otis Elevator Co.
If the board approves the change orders, A.P. O'Horo's contract would have increased by $315,449 in about a year.
All change orders for the facility must be approved by the board of control consisting of Mayor George M. McKelvey, Law Director Iris Guglucello, and Finance Director David Bozanich.
Also at today's meeting, the board will consider awarding five contracts for the convocation center.
Proposed contracts
The proposals are to:
UBuy Wright State University's secondary basketball court and other basketball equipment, make repairs to it and ship it to Youngstown for a cost not to exceed $25,000. The convocation center will host high school and college basketball games, and to buy the items new would cost about $100,000, said Barbara Wiggins, the center's director of facility and services.
UAward the contract for chemicals, soaps, paper products and miscellaneous janitorial supplies for $23,344.61 to Superior Chemical Products Co. of Youngstown. Superior's bid was the lowest of three for the materials.
UAward a $29,000 bid to Semach's Northside TV and Appliance of Struthers. The company would provide two 52-inch televisions, one 62-inch television with a stand, and 48 27-inch televisions with wall mounts. Semach's submitted the lowest of three bids for the materials.
UAward a $10,260.20 contract to Cintas of North Jackson for staff uniforms and floor mats. Cintas had the lowest of two bids for the uniforms and mats.
UAward a $17,758.82 contract to Mid-Ohio Material Handling Inc. of Brunswick for two golf carts, eight platform trucks, four hand trucks, eight ladders, one aluminum walk ramp and three pallets. The company had the lowest of three bids.
Problem with compliance
Also, last week the city stopped paying Cimco Refrigeration, the Toronto-based company installing the arena's ice rink, because William Carter, the city's Human Relations Commission executive director, said there were no minorities or women working on the local job, said Finance Director David Bozanich.
Failure to have minorities working on the job would violate the company's contract with the city.
The city will review the matter and make a determination if there is a problem with the hiring of minorities and women by the company, he said.
"If Mr. Carter sent them a letter, this company must be in real, real violation of the city contract," said Councilman Artis Gillam Sr., D-1st. The facility is being built in Gillam's ward. "They're going to have to prove they're in compliance or get in compliance."
Gillam said Carter visited the construction site recently and didn't see any minorities or women working for Cimco.
Jeff Kossow, the convocation center's executive director, said he was told by the facility's construction manager that Cimco submitted paperwork showing the company hired minorities and women for the arena work.
The city is paying $747,007 to Cimco for the ice rink. This issue hasn't delayed the ice rink installation or other work at the facility, Kossow added.
Bozanich said that he didn't know how much had already been paid to Cimco by the city but that it wasn't much.

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