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Engineering firm on rail project exceeds contract by $500,000, hikes its fees twice

Brad Baird, president of Anderson Perry & Associates, said a change to his company's contract for work on the Treasure Valley Reload Center is being drafted that he said should have been done earlier. (ANGIE SILLONIS/Special to the Enterprise)

The engineering firm managing Treasure Valley Reload Center construction has charged $500,000 more than its contract allowed in what project officials dismiss as a matter of “paperwork.”

The firm, Anderson Perry & Associates of La Grande, also has twice increased the hourly rate it charges for its workers despite those rates being locked in by contract, an investigation by the Malheur Enterprise established.

The work and costs were anticipated, project officials say, but the necessary legal amendments to the contract were never done. Following questions from the Enterprise, such an amendment is now in the . . .