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File #: 2020-161    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: New Business
File created: 5/8/2020 In control: Board of Directors
On agenda: 5/13/2020 Final action:
Title: Proposed Change Order No. 4 - GLWA CS-002 Financial Advisor
Sponsors: Nicolette Bateson
Indexes: Finance
Related files: 2020-180


Proposed Change Order No. 4 - GLWA CS-002 Financial Advisor



Agenda of:                      May 27, 2020

Item No.:                     2020-161

Amount:                     Original Contract:                                                                                     $   300,000.00

Change Order No. 2:                                                               $   100,000.00                                                         

Change Order No. 3:                                                               $   100,000.00

Proposed Change Order No. 4:                                          $   100,000.00

Total Revised Contract:                                                                    $   600,000.00



TO:                                          The Honorable

Board of Directors

Great Lakes Water Authority


FROM:                     Sue F. McCormick

                                          Chief Executive Officer

                                          Great Lakes Water Authority


DATE:                     May 8, 2020



RE:                                           Proposed Change Order No. 4 - GLWA CS-002 Financial Advisor





Upon recommendation of Nicolette N. Bateson, Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer, the Board of Directors (Board) of the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA), authorize the Chief Executive Officer to execute Change Order No. 4 for Contract GLWA CS-002, “Financial Advisor” with PFM Financial Advisors LLC, as of March 19, 2020 at a cost increase of $100,000.00, for a total cost not-to-exceed $600,000.00, and a time extension of twelve months for a total contract duration of seventy-two months, as provided by Resolution 2020-114 adopted on March 20, 2020 regarding “Delegation of Additional Authority to CEO During COVID-19 Emergency” and authorizes the Chief Executive Officer or Chief Financial Officer to take such other action as may be necessary to accomplish the intent of this vote. 


Since March 20, 2015, PFM Financial Advisors, LLC (PFM) has served the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) as its municipal advisor through contract number GLWA CS-002. As a municipal advisor, PFM acts in a fiduciary capacity to assist GLWA with the execution of its water and sewer revenue bond issuances and monitoring of its current debt portfolio.  To date, PFM has assisted GLWA with the issuance of 17 new money and refunding bond issues (including state revolving fund bonds), totaling over $2.4 billion. This includes the most recent water refunding and new money transaction on April 30, 2020.


PFM also provides other non-transactional services such as providing advice to GLWA related to financial agreements, financial policies, and regulatory matters.


Below is a summary of the original contract amount and the change orders.  To date GLWA has extended the contract 3 times and has increased the contract amount by $300,000, including the proposed change order.


Contract Dates:

Original Contract Start Date:                                           March 20, 2015

Initial Contract End Date:                                                                March 19, 2018

Change Order 1 Contract End Date*:                      March 19, 2018

Change Order 2 Contract End Date:                      March 19, 2019

Change Order 3 Contract End Date:                      March 19, 2020

Change Order 4 Contract End Date:                      March 19, 2021


*Change Order #1 was a correction of original contract fees, with no time extension




Contract Estimate

Original Contract Price:                                                                           $300,000

Change Order No. 1:                                                                            $0

Change Order No. 2:                                                                 $100,000

Change Order No. 3:                                                                 $100,000

Change Order No. 4:                                                                     $100,000

New Contract Total:                                                                           $600,000




The current contract for municipal advisor (GLWA CS-002) with PFM expired on March 19, 2020.  The proposed Change Order No.4 would extend the contract by twelve months to May 19, 2021.  The additional cost of this proposed Change Order No. 4 is $100,000.

GLWA will be bring a proposed time schedule for a new solicitation via a competitive procurement process to the May 15, 2020 GLWA Audit Committee for its review.  It is anticipated that the solicitation we be completed by the end of calendar year 2020.


The current contract for Municipal Advisor (CS-002) falls within the annual Public Finance budget.  The additional $100,000 for the proposed Change Order No. 4 is included in the FY 2010 and FY 2021 Public Finance Budget.


Due to timing, this GLWA Audit Committee has not reviewed this item.

This item was presented to the Operations and Resources Committee at its meeting on May 13, 2020.  The Operations and Resources Committee unanimously recommended that the CEO take appropriate action to implement the resolution consistent with the provisions of GLWA Board Resolution 2020-114.