Westwego will hire an outside expert to review the plans for a new $3.3 million City Hall building to minimize the risk of change orders inflating the cost once construction gets underway, the City Council decided Wednesday night.
At a special meeting called to discuss the project, the council unanimously approved a resolution proposed by Councilman Glenn Green, who said revisions made to the plans to get the cost down by $500,000 had him concerned the finished product might end up costing more than the $3.3 million the city has available.
The move to hire the independent expert had the blessing of Meyer Engineers, the firm that designed the Fourth Street building.
Green will pay for the review, which is expected to cost between $3,000 and $5,000, out of his office’s discretionary funds.
Mayor John Shaddinger said he doesn’t think the review will delay plans to put the project out for bids by the end of the month.