The Floyd County Board of Supervisors will explore the possibility of hiring an attorney to in hopes of recouping almost $400,000 in fees related to the construction of the new county law enforcement center and renovations to the county courthouse in Charles City.
The county originally hired Prochaska and Associates as the project’s architectural firm for about $1.1 million dollars in consulting fees, or 10% of the $11 million in construction cost. Additional costs for financing and other expenses put the initial project price tag at about $13.5 million. However, a series of delays, increased cost of materials, and other construction hiccups have pushed the total to over $16 million. When the project’s price went up, so did Prochaksa’s fees by the additional $400,000.
The supervisors claim the firm has been deficient in their services and has tried to challenge the increased fees through the county attorney’s office. Supervisor Roy Schwickerath says he believes the county has a good case.
At their regular meeting Tuesday, the board agreed the county needed legal counsel specializing in construction and, while no hiring was imminent, formally approved pursuing an outside law firm. Officials are hopeful staff can begin training in the new law enforcement center yet this month and possibly start housing inmates later in June.