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Rec center may not open this year
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It may be January 2021 before the general public receives its first peek at the city’s $10 million investment in recreation.

Per McMinnville’s contract with Sain Construction Company, completion is Nov. 16 due to bad weather delays and COVID-19 delays. 

“Construction is approximately 85% complete,” said city administrator Nolan Ming, who is the city’s project manager. “Early to mid-December is my guesstimate, with opening of The Milner Recreation Center after the new year. There could be further delays.”

Helping create the delay was over 60 change order requests. Among those, was the addition of a second racquetball court at a cost of $60,288.

Built into the construction cost was $150,000 in a contingency fund to pay for hidden and unforeseen situations discovered by the contractor and/ or the request of additional work by the city. According to city records, that fund has a balance of $5,104.

When asked about speculation that the city has spent up to $2 million on additional costs associated with the project, Ming denies it.

“I have heard that rumor – that we’ve spent $1 million or $2 million on change order requests adding to the project,” said Ming. “That’s not true. Currently, we are at almost $145,000 which is within the contract contingency amount of $150,000.”

According to records, the total amount for city-requested change orders is $96,384 which includes the second racquetball court:

New door lights in new door leafs: $18,864

Demolition of existing concrete slab in storage room and replacement: $3,850

Addition of electrical outlets in a wellness center room: $5,694

Add painted pickleball court lines on indoor tennis court: $3,195

Add exterior door at indoor tennis court: $4,493

McMinnville officials approved borrowing up to $10 million to cover architectural fees and $9.2 million for Sain Construction Company.