The Cleveland City Council approved the final payment to Steve Williams and Williams Construction for work on the Local Interstate Connector South during a voting session Monday.
The final payment for the project is $91,752.
The increase over what was expected to be paid came from the additional environmental controls and dirt that had to be moved.
“Those quantities [of dirt moved] were approved by survey, and the survey had an error in it,” development and engineering director Jonathan Jobe said. “We looked at true figures and it was more than SSR figured. It was more than Steve Williams figured.”
The final numbers were reached during a meeting between city staff, Steve Williams, his staff and Jackie Hunter with SSR on April 17.
“After much discussion with all parties involved the final amount was determined to be $108,186. This amount includes the $16,434 that was approved by the City Council on April 14,” according to city meeting documentation.
The motion passed unanimously.
The county’s portion, $43,797, has already been approved by the Bradley County finance committee and is set to be voted on May 5.
The Cleveland City Council also approved an Old Lower River Road address for city sewer because it had already been approved by Cleveland Utilities before the city changed its ordinance requiring a property owner outside the city to request annexation before sewer approval.
The motion was passed 6-1. District 1 Councilman Charlie McKenzie was the dissenting vote. He said he thought it would create problems in the future, such as others wanting exemptions. He said he would have liked to see the project studied more in depth before a motion was made. The distance of the property from the city line was also a concern for him. The cost of installing the system will be paid by the property owner.
The Cleveland City Council had discussed letting any property that had been approved by Cleveland Utilities prior to the change in ordinance to be grandfathered for approval.
Many councilmen were concerned about the precedent this would set.
District 2 Councilman Bill Estes asked how many property owners were pursuing approval but had not begun the project before the ordinance change.
Mayor Tom Rowland said he knew of only one which had received approval.
A request to grant an exception to the annexation request requirements for nonprofits was not voted upon. However, comments throughout the voting session affirmed the City Council’s desire to stick with the current plan.