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Omaha architect answers commissioners' concerns about bus barn design

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Tuesday night's Scotts Bluff County commissioners meeting was a little heated as commissioners addressed concerns about the bus barn's design with architect representatives.

Hewgley & Associates representatives met with commissioners to answer a list of questions including soil compaction studies, poor building design and funding.

Commissioners Steve Stratton and Ken Meyer also had concerns with the level of the building saying that it might flood because the foundation is lower than the surrounding buildings.

They were reassured that the building will not flood because the way the design is done, water would be redirected around the building to the lower street level.

Stratton mentioned that the building was "overbuilt" and that he "felt violated as a taxpayer" because for what the building would be used for there was no way that it should cost almost one million dollars.

"All we wanted was a building to park buses in, to keep it out of the weather, we didn't want a Taj Mahal."

Commissioners said the county had worked on the site to save about $15,000 dollars to the already $875,000 project.

Hewgley & Associates representative, Megan Hayward, said that a $10,000 change order - which was discussed at an earlier meeting this year -  was not for a soil compaction study as previously thought.

"The change order was to over excavate, to take away an additional amount of dirt and put in new fill material so that we could reach a compaction so that when the building sits on it, it's not a going to have any structural issues."

Commissioners were further told that the federal funding dictates what the designer has to abide to and what inspections must be done.

Stratton argued, "Just because it's a government project doesn't mean it gives people the license to inflate cost and spend more money than necessary to provide what is needed."

Construction on the bus barn located on Rundell Road in Gering is expected to be completed by March 24th in order not to jeopardize funding.

Hewgley & Associates representatives said they would be happy to meet with commissioners and the engineer about how the design was done.

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