The Sarpy County Board has a new policy for handling change orders to contracts with the county, so contractors bidding on public projects there can expect a little more scrutiny.
County officials said the existing policy is inconsistent: Change orders are reviewed by the department overseeing the project, but only some of them come before the board.
Now, the county administrator or county engineer will be able to approve only smaller contract deviations:
» Change orders of less than $10,000 on contracts worth $500,000 or less.
» Change orders up to $20,000 or 2 percent of the contract total — whichever is greater — on contracts worth more than $500,000.
» Time-sensitive change orders.
Any change order that costs more than that, however, will require board approval. The new policy goes into effect Nov. 1.
Commissioner Don Kelly of Papillion pushed for even lower thresholds for oversight, but his proposal was voted down. The first-term board member said he wanted more accountability in the contracting process.
“I want these contractors to know we’re watching them,” he said.