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More expenses for new Snoqualmie City Hall

Months behind schedule, Snoqualmie's new city hall keeps getting more costly.

Meeting on Monday, Aug. 10, the Snoqualmie City Council approved spending an additional $91,000 on contracts for city hall work by Harris and Associates and Engineering Economics, Inc. Harris' total is now $492,296, up from an original tally of $272,280.

Harris and Associates provide construction management services for the job, and have oversight of all contractors. Engineering Economics is being paid to commission the building, ensuring that everything is working and built to city specs.

The building was supposed to be done in March. Current estimates have the city moving in next month.

"I think we all know performance on this has been unsatisfactory," said Councilman Bryan Holloway, who chairs the Snoqualmie Public Works committee.

The city, Holloway said, has taken steps to recoup some of the cost overruns of the new city hall.

Snoqualmie briefly stopped paying for the project earlier this year.

Holloway told council members Monday that it's not a good idea to switch contract management so close to the finish of construction.

"I'm anxiously waiting for the building," he told the Record. "I think it's going to have a positive impact for city government.

"I'm not pleased with the current schedule and cost performance, though," Holloway added.

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