Spokane Valley City Council voted Tuesday night to allocate $400,000 to repair damage at city hall, with the expectation that the construction company that completed the building two years ago will reimburse the city.
The money will be spent on repairs to the outside wall of the council chambers and on adding additional supports underneath it.
John Hohman, deputy city manager, said the city won’t know the full extent of the damage until crews take apart the exterior council chamber walls, which are cracking. The floor at the edge of the council chamber also tilts downward because the soil beneath the building was not compacted before City Hall was built.
He said the building is safe and that damage was contained to the areas around the outside wall of the Council Chambers.
The city paid a consultant to investigate the issues, Hohman said. He also noted that the $500,000 estimated project cost is conservative.
City Attorney Cary Driskell told the council that if they don’t take action the damage could become worse.
Because of the short time span before winter, Spokane Valley didn’t call for competitive bids and hired Construction Services, which subcontracted another firm, Budinger & Associates, to do the work.
Construction began last Thursday, and the city expects it to be completed before Thanksgiving.
Meridian, the company Spokane Valley hired to build City Hall, will not participate in the repairs but is expected to reimburse Spokane Valley for the cost.
Mark D’Agostino, Meridian Construction president, said last week that the company’s insurance company was working with the city.
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