December 27th, 2019

Most of the competitively bid contracts for the $50 million C.C. Cragin pipeline cost within 3 percent of the original bid price — but unexpected stretches of hard rock led to some big change orders and overruns.

The newly created Payson Subcommittee for Review of Past Capital Improvement Projects Dec. 19 went looking for a boondoggle, but mostly got an education in the complexity of building and bidding such a complicated project.

“This is not about whether C.C. Cragin was a good idea — obviously it was,” said Mayor Tom Morrissey at the opening of the session. “The question here is about the process.”

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