TBTA building nearly completion

ALPENA — The Thunder Bay Transportation Authority’s new Hamilton Road facility is nearly completed, according to members of the authority board.

The building was discussed Thursday during a monthly meeting. Treasurer Jeff Kowalski, who is a member of the building committee, said earlier in the day the committee met with member of Oak City Contracting and architect DLZ to talk about what needed to be done to finish the project.

“We went through the punch list and it is getting smaller,” he said. “There are are a lot of things to be done but they’re going through it in a positive direction in that regard.”

TBTA President Tony Suszek asked how soon the punch list of items was going to take to be done as the contract with Oak Cit had been extended already.

Interim TBTA Director Onalee Pallas said she has been staying on Oak City officials to get the work finished.

Both the contract with Oak City and architect DLZ had to be expended as the building completion deadline came and went without a finished building. Pallas said the DLZ contract, which was extended, could be wrapped by early November.

“I don’t see any reason for it to go beyond that. I think we will have everything buttoned up before that,” she said.

Trustee Daryl Peterson, also a member of the building committee, said he was unsure how it would impact the contract if the company didn’t finish by Oct. 31.

“Do we have to make another motion for another month?” he said.

He said during the committee meeting the concerns were voiced to Oak City officials who said work would continue through the week.

Operations Manager Andrew Sundin said of the tasks that need to be completed yet one was with security in the building. Another was leaking vents that caused water to collect inside the garage space during Monday’s heavy rain.

DLZ officials said that would be fixed and other concerns would be addressed.

Finally, Sundin told the board that there was an issue with an air compressor that was ordered for use by mechanics, he told the board a new one would be ordered and installed in the garage under the grant funding that paid for the building.

Jason Ogden can be reached via email at jogden@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5693. Follow Jason on Twitter @jo_alpenanews.