Thu August 2, 2012
New position could save Lafayette millions of dollars
The city of Lafayette is looking to create a new position that its mayor says could save millions.
Tony Roswarski says the impact of bringing on a Construction Manager for the Long Term Control Plan could be significant.
“We think using some stuff, and if we can get this one more position, we can stay on top of a lot of these projects," he said. "Until 2026 we have projects to do. We would literally save millions of dollars in those types of fees.”
The position would help with work on projects similar to the sewage tunnel, as well as storm water efforts.
Roswarksi says the last small contract done by the city was $1-million and having the manager in house would have saved at least $80,000 for that project alone.
Having to go outside to hire managers costs the city between eight and 13-percent on each project.
The city council is slated to vote on creating the position Monday.
If approved, a second vote would come in September.
Roswarski says if passed both times, the city would move to make the hire quickly.
The salary for the position will be between $48,000 and $54,000.
It will be paid for through the wastewater and stormwater budgets.