Sewer project declared substantially complete
By Wayne Allen
The Eden Park Sanitary Sewer Project substantially complete.
Scioto County Sanitary Engineer Joe Delong said J&H Erectors, the contractor on the project, is now working on a punch list of items that remain before the project is fully finished.
As the project continues, the costs are continuing to mount.
This week the Scioto County Commissioners approved a contract extension until the end of August, for the engineer on the project, which equated to an additional $48,000.
On Thursday the commissioners signed an amendment to the settlement and Tolling agreement with J&H Erectors. It was explained this amendment allows the mediation process to continue.
Assistant Scioto County Prosecutor Danielle Parker said, “when we first went through mediation with them, we had entered into an agreement where once they (J&H Erectors) received the notice of substantial completion they had 30 days from that date to file suite,” Parker said.
She said J&H Erectors received notice of substantial completion on June 20, which meant they would have had to have filed their complaint by July 20.
“The extension that was given was basically an agreement to allow them (J&H Erectors) additional time to attempt to settle any disagreements or issues they have,” Parker said.
She said the agreement is set, that if either party see that it’s not fruitful to go ahead with mediation, the agreement can be terminated. Once the agreement is terminated they will have 30 days from the termination of the extension to file suite. Parker said there is not a specific end date for the agreement.
She said J&H Erectors has yet to file suite, to her knowledge.
When asked it the county was goring to file suit against J&H Erectors Parker said, no.
“Right now I think the idea is for them to get the job to final completion and then for everyone to sit down and hash out the issues that are still there, if there are any,” Parker said.
When asked about possible issues Parker said, “there may be some issues with money and what either side thinks they are entitled to.”
Since the project went over it’s original completion date am assessment for liquidated damages has been assessed against J&H Erectors.
The original assessment was $1,500 a day, after the project entered into mediation the assessment was reduced to $1,000 a day, everyday until the project is complete.
Parker said the extension agreement does not affect the assessment.
“The agreement is told until 30 days after mediation of the disputes and controversies between the parties or 30 days either gives written notice to the other that this agreement is terminated. It (assessment) goes through mediation or if either side decided to file suit it will go away,” Parker said.
Since it began this project has continued to experience it’s share of set backs and delays. The original completion date was August of 2013.
Parker said that would push the project into August, marking the project a year behind schedule.
Delong did not know how long it would take J&H to complete the punch list, but acknowledged they are currently working on it.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT