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Camera change order approved


January 1, 2020

CLOVIS — The Curry County Commission approved a change order to install additional camera conduits for the Detention Center renovation project during a short special meeting held Monday afternoon.

The change order was for $12,148 and is the first step to address an issue regarding additional camera sites discovered by contractor HB Construction during the renovation that weren't outlined in the architect's plans.

The original plan showed 59 cameras that would need to be switched from an analog to digital system as part of the renovation, but HB Construction discovered there were actually 85 that would need replacing.

The order covers materials and labor for the installation of new conduits to support the additional cameras, but not the camera equipment itself, which will need to be purchased and installed later down the line.

Representatives from HB Construction previously stated they may have been willing to absorb the cost of a small amount of extra cameras, but 26 exceeded that amount.

That cost will likely fall on the county's shoulders for the time being, which will likely cost a six-figure amount.

While the additional work was unexpected, representatives from HB Construction said they still expect to complete the project and turn over control of the facilities to Detention Center staff by the end of the month.

Commission Chairman Chet Spear said it was urgent to approve this change order to prevent any further delays on the renovation.

Other notable items from Monday's meeting include:

• The commission approved the purchase of a water truck for the Curry County Roads Department at the cost of $144,612.91. Funds for the new truck will come out of the department's existing budget, thanks partly to savings from when the department purchased a pneumatic roller earlier in the year at $60,000 less than it budgeted.

• The commission approved an agreement with the City of Clovis to take advantage of a $62,752 Homeland Security Grant that will go into effect from Jan. 1 and last 18 months. Equipment purchased with the grant funds will be owned by the city, but available for use by Curry County for the life of the grant at no cost to the county.

• The commission approved county manager Lance Pyle to sign off on the purchase of 119 7th St. in Clovis. The commission approved the purchase of the property following an executive session during its Dec. 19 meeting.

The commission will meet again on Jan. 14 at the Commission Chambers.


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