City makes change order at Air-Rail Business Park

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Additional funds add sewer bore under Mount Nebo Road

By Denyse Clark

Members of Lancaster City Council have approved a $14,000 budget change for the Air-Rail Business Park on S.C. 9 near the Lancaster County Airport-McWhirter Field. 

At the Jan. 30 meeting, Administrator Helen Sowell provided an update on the 101-acre industrial business park on which construction began in 2013. 

Funding for the industrial park originated from a $3.5 million bond approved by Lancaster County Council. Also, the city of Lancaster agreed to invest more than $900,000 for water and sewer improvements.

During the recent council meeting, Sowell’s report included a summary of total expenses to date between the city and county for the water and sewer infrastructure at the industrial park. 

She shared information with the council from WK Dickson, the engineering firm, which included a reduction of some of the costs city council previously approved. 

She said a “change order” added an additional $20,000 to bore under Mt. Nebo Road to provide sewer to the Springland tract. However, the county elected not to move forward with that portion of the park improvements. 

Costs were added for a concrete transformer pad and improvements to the Clark Pump Station, Sowell said. The net effect created a reduction in the city’s anticipated expenses in the amount of $14,775.

“We won’t spend the $20,000 but we did spend $5,225,” she said. “Change Order No. 5 subtracted the $20,000 and added new expenses of $5,225. The net difference of $14,775 is a reduction of the amount authorized by city council.”

Mayor Joe Shaw asked if the project was ahead of schedule.

“We are on time,” Sowell responded.

The council voted unanimously to approve the $14,775 change in the contract to complete the required work.

Finance Director James Absher also gave a favorable report at the meeting which reflected that the city’s finances are solid at the halfway point of the fiscal year. 

Absher said the city used “a little more cash” – about $10 million – due to numerous projects. 

However, revenue from water and sewer utilities also increased by about $99,000 over last year, he said.

“We’re right on budget. That’s a good thing – that is a plus,” he said. “We’re about where we should be for this time of year.”


Contact reporter Denyse Clark at (803) 283-1152