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New health center plan is over budget

Summit County officials underestimated the cost of a new health building at Quinn’s Junction by nearly $5 million, County Engineer Derrick Radke said.

So it’s back to the drawing board.

"Was $5 million ever a realistic starting point?" Summit County Commissioner Bob Richer asked Radke at a meeting this month is Coalville. "We missed this by $4 million, that’s a big miss."

The building could cost upward of $9 million, Radke replied.

The county hopes to cooperate with the People’s Health Clinic to build the new center.

But $5 million will barely cover construction costs alone for the county’s share, Radke said.

"I would suggest that we come up with three groups of three cost-saving ideas," Richer suggested. "We don’t want to cannibalize the building We want a good building, but there is not an open pot of money."

Richer questioned if even $9 million would be enough to fund the building health officials have in mind.

"Are these pretty solid, darned-good numbers," he asked a Keller Construction representative who plans to supervise construction.

Escalating steel and copper prices contributed to extra expense.

"We’ve got our work cut out for us," Richer said about cutting the costs.

The price should decrease between 10 and 20 percent, he said.


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