County faces legal controversy with sewer contractor


By Dean Wright - deanwright@civitasmedia.com



Gallia County Commissioners say they are concerned Fields Excavating, a contractor linked to Gallia’s sewer project installation, may not have followed through with contractual obligations on Centenary Road.

Gallia County Commissioners say they are concerned Fields Excavating, a contractor linked to Gallia’s sewer project installation, may not have followed through with contractual obligations on Centenary Road.


CENTENARY — Gallia County Commissioners discussed ongoing concerns during their meeting Thursday in the Gallia County Courthouse with Fields Excavating in regard to their belief the construction company has not fulfilled contractual agreements during the course of its labor installing a sewer system in the Centenary area for the last few months.

“Our contractor on section C of our sewer system out there (on Centenary Road) has not repaired the roads to what we feel is adequate,” said recently re-elected Commissioner David Smith. “There have been some demand letters sent and legal action initiated.”

Based upon Stantec’s opinion, the commissioner’s consultant engineering firm, and the county’s legal advisement, they agree the road’s have reportedly not been adequately repaired.

“We put out requests for quotes to repair the roads to where we feel it is adequate to what they were before the project started, ” said the commissioner.

Fellow Commissioner Harold Montgomery said the commission intended to pay for the road repairs through “retainage we have on hand from the project.”

According to Gallia County Administrator Karen Sprague, the county has not paid retainage to Fields Excavating and there is reportedly close to $70,000 in retainage. Retainage is a portion of the agreed upon contract price deliberately withheld until the work is substantially complete to assure that contractor or subcontractor will satisfy its obligations and complete a construction project.

According to the commissioners, they feel Fields Excavating has done some of the worked asked of them to repair roads damaged during construction processes but not enough.

Commissioners sent the contractor a demand letter dated Oct. 13 in follow-up to communications attempted Sept. 22. Commissioners asked the contractors to contact Stantec in the event they agree to take action on the commissioner’s request.

“The reason we’re talking about this is because the asphalt plants shut down next week,” said Smith. “If we don’t get this fixed the roads will deteriorate more because water will freeze in cracks in the asphalt during the winter. That’s why it has to happen now.”

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.

Gallia County Commissioners say they are concerned Fields Excavating, a contractor linked to Gallia’s sewer project installation, may not have followed through with contractual obligations on Centenary Road.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2016/11/web1_DSCN6323.jpgGallia County Commissioners say they are concerned Fields Excavating, a contractor linked to Gallia’s sewer project installation, may not have followed through with contractual obligations on Centenary Road.

By Dean Wright

deanwright@civitasmedia.com