FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA

Education

College plan to streamline project changes proves contentious

By From page A4 | February 22, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College’s governing board after some debate tabled a proposal this week to allow the college president and “certain key staff” to approve some change orders on construction projects.

Jowel Laguerre, the college’s superintendent/president, said the discussion got contentious and the board decided to revisit the issue in the future.

According to staff reports, the president would be authorized to approved change orders up to 10 percent of a construction contract’s total value without needing board approval. Any more would still have to go before the full board.

Laguerre said the discussion made it plain that there needs to be more explanation of what the proposal means.

“We have not explained it well enough,” Laguerre said. “We’ll do more work on it.”

The proposal was aimed at speeding up the process of getting change orders on contracted projects approved quicker, rather than having the full governing board vote on each one.

“It’s not a really big deal if we don’t do it,” Laguerre said.

Board president Pam Keith said the conversation was intense and that the issue would likely be back before the board in March.

“It’s coming back and I’m sure that there will be many in-depth questions asked about it,” Keith said. “It could be contentious. There are some strong feelings.”

She said the March 5 meeting is scheduled as a study session, so the March 19 meeting is the most likely time the change order issue would be revisited.

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