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Change-orders continue to plague city projects

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As work wraps up at Sioux City's wastewater plant, it may end up being an example of what not to do.

The price tag on the project ballooned to more than $70 million, with dozens of change orders.

A change order is an unforeseen issue that adds, or on a rare occasion, subtracts from the original cost bid out to the contractor.

Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott says city staff needs to bring problems at the city's facilities forward, sooner.

"Well, I hope that we never get to a point where it takes $70 million on any facility. It think we learned our lesson across the street. We had years of preventive maintenance that didn't work very well on the police and fire. We need to be a little more proactive," said Mayor Bob Scott.

Monday night, another change order was brought forward on the treatment plant.  It's on the last contract, so Scott says it's likely to be the last change order, too.

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