CENTENARY — Gallia County Commissioners are moving forward with another contractor to conduct maintenance on Centenary Road for what commissioners regard as insufficient repairs by Field Excavating, a contractor hired to build sewer line, on the road.
“We, by our executive power, went ahead and hired a contractor to do (Fields Excavating) work, that we feel they should have,” said Gallia Commissioner Harold Montgomery. “We will pay them (the new contractor) out of the retainage of the contract.”
Montgomery said the commissioners retained the services of Rick Eplion Paving to finish patching areas with hot tar as facilities providing the substance were anticipated to close for the winter Friday, according to the commissioner. The workers reportedly started laboring around the Centenary Road area Wednesday.
Field Excavating has reportedly filed action against the Gallia County Commissioners in Lawrence County for the retainage fees from the previous contract between Fields Excavating and the Gallia County Commissioners which dealt with the installation of sewage piping as part of the county’s waste water upgrade 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 being held. Retainage is a portion of the agreed upon contract price deliberately withheld until the work is substantially complete to assure that a contractor or subcontractor will satisfy its obligations and complete a construction project.
“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 Commissioner David Smith last week. “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.
Gallia attorneys have filed paperwork, according to Montgomery, to move the legal action to be discussed in Gallia as opposed to Lawrence County.
Fields Excavating is in Lawrence County. The sewer line contract project work was all located in Gallia County.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.