- Parking lot of new Clay Coutnty Justice Center already in need of repair
Thanks, but no thanks.
The Clay County Board of Commissioners has decided the parking lot of the new Clay County Justice Center needs more than a partial resurfacing.
The commissioners voted Tuesday to reject an offer from Wabash Valley Asphalt, the Hannig Construction subcontractor responsible for the asphalt job, to resurface and seal portions of the lot to achieve a "reasonably seamless appearance." County officials had roundly criticized the lot's appearance and workmanship since the facility was completed. Several noticed the surface of the lot had already begun to erode.
"I consulted a couple of asphalt people, and they said (the solution proposed by Wabash Valley) would look good for about a year, but then it would start to break up," said Board President Charlie Brown. "It's not going to be accepted in the condition it's in."
Brown said the subcontractor has admitted the asphalt used for the parking lot was allowed to cool before it was poured, leaving the finished product patchy, uneven and porous.
"Even by their own admission, it's not a very adequate job," he said.
The county will continue to withhold the $10,140 of its contract with Hannig Construction, the amount the contractor would have paid Wabash Valley for the asphalt job. But as the cost of oil-based paving materials continues to rise, Brown said that amount won't nearly cover the desired repairs.
"We're looking at a price in the ballpark of $50,000," he said.
Brown said the matter will now be referred to Hannig, the principal contractor for the jail project, who will consult with the county attorney to discuss a solution that satisfies both parties.
"I hope we can resolve this peacefully and without litigation," he said.
-New meeting times nixed
The board's Tuesday meeting was the first of three scheduled for 6 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month. The commissioners approved a shift from their usual schedule (9 a.m. on the first Monday of each month) in an effort to encourage participation amongst those who wouldn't normally be able to attend.
But according to Brown, the experiment failed.
"Nobody showed up," he said.
Brown said the meeting will be the board's last evening meeting for the foreseeable future. The July and August commissioners meetings, scheduled for June 27 and July 25, respectively, have been moved back to their normal times: July 3 and August 7, 9 a.m.