As promised, Brainerd City Council member Bob Olson delivered a camera to the Safety and Public Works Committee meeting Monday.
The committee meeting was a continuation of a Sept. 29 meeting to discuss a request for compensation from Tom Thompson, owner of Tom's Backhoe, for extra work he said he did on the 2002 Highways 18 and 25 water and sewer extension project.
For the Sept. 29 meeting, Olson had Charter Communications televise only the portion that dealt with Tom's Backhoe.
Gary Scheeler, council member and Safety and Public Works chairman, upset that Olson had televised the meeting without informing the council or the committee, had the issue placed on the council's Oct. 6 meeting. After much debate on which and when meetings should be televised, the council voted to table the issue until City Attorney Tom Fitzpatrick could research the matter and offer an opinion.
Despite the council's action, Olson said he was going to ask Charter Communications to televise Monday's committee meeting. Council President Jim Dehen said committee meetings wouldn't be televised via the cable public access channel until after Fitzpatrick brings an opinion back to the council.
Olson instead had former city council candidate Matt Taylor videotape Monday's meeting using a hand-held video camera from Charter.
However, the issues surrounding the Highways 18 and 25 project -- compensation for topsoil, grading, liquidated damages and other items -- weren't all resolved Monday.
The committee recommended the city council deny a request from Thompson for compensation for extra topsoil he had to put on the project. The committee recommended for council approval the installation of sod in places where seeding wouldn't take place.
The issue of liquidated damages was tabled until the next committee meeting to give time to Bonestroo, Williamson and Kotsmith, the project engineer firm, to determine how many days of work were missed because of rain events.
Also, a $4,900 claim by Thompson for what he said was extra work his crews did in a ditch went unresolved. Thompson claimed the grade elevations and culvert locations weren't in the project specifications. The city claims they were. Thompson will meet with City Engineer Jeff Hulsether, Assistant City Engineer Don Klein and Keith Yapp, Bonestroo project engineer, on Oct. 31 to see if they can resolve the issue.
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