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NID pipe installer late, fined $60,000

The Redding-based contracting company that was paid $15 million to install a water pipeline for Nevada Irrigation District got dinged for $60,000 Wednesday, for finishing 40 days late.

Ray Toney and Associates in April finished installing a five-mile-long, 54-inch-diameter pipeline to replace the aging Upper Cascade Canal, an open-topped concrete box that carried water down a ridge overlooking Scotts Flat Reservoir.

The contract said Toney would be charged $1,500 per day past deadline.



On Wednesday, NID officials announced they negotiated with Toney and agreed on a $60,000 fine because the project was 40 days late.

“It was not a big issue,” said NID chief engineer Tim McCall. “It was late, and it was over budget. But let’s put it in perspective.




“It was a two-year project that came in 40 days late,” he said. But the pipeline was online in April, in time for the start of irrigation season.

The final cost was $500,000 higher than expected, but that’s less than a 3 percent cost overrun, McCall said.

“That’s fairly typical of a large contract,” he said.

McCall said the pipeline project can now be certified as complete.


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