Wilton City Hall

Renovations to city hall will cost between $450,000 and $536,000. Only $400,000 has been budgeted.

WILTON — Elected officials in Wilton are displeased with the escalating cost of the City Hall renovation as cost overruns are quickly reaching six figures.

The City Council on a 4-0 vote Monday night (Council Member Sheryl Lenker was absent) approved Pay Application No. 3 of $95,433 to Precision Builders, Inc. of Bettendorf for the half million dollar project, but not without discussion of cost overruns expected to occur because of unbudgeted structural and roof repairs.

Only $400,000 of city money had been budgeted for the project. City Administrator Chris Ball, who was absent Monday night, earlier estimated the added cost at $100,000. Monday night, Mayor Bob Barrett said he would want Ball's opinion but suggested withholding payment to Precision Builders because of the unplanned work.

"I'm almost at a point of maybe we should withhold the funds for paying them, but maybe we shouldn't," said Barrett. "How did they miss that?"

Council members responded that Precision Builders appears to be doing excellent work, and the blame, if any, for overlooking the roof and structural repairs should go to the project architect, Klingner and Associates of Burlington.

"We need to get a message to them that we're very, very unhappy," Barrett responded.

"I think our disgruntledness ought to be directed toward Klingner," Council Member Keith Stanley added.

New chief in town

With little fanfare, the council unanimously approved the appointment of police Sgt. David Clark as the new Police Chief. The council also approved the appointment of Officer Todd Johnson to fill Clark's Sergeant position. And part-time Officer Rafeek Yassin was sworn in by Mayor Barrett as a full-time officer.

The council also approved appointments of Don Drake and Tom Breed to the Park Board and Laurie Maurer and Corey Freeman to the Planning and Zoning Committee.

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