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Commissioners demand new surface for jail parking lot

Friday, June 16, 2006

The Clay County Board of Commissioners voted Friday to request a complete resurfacing of the parking lot at the Clay County Justice Center.

The commissioners voted May 30 to reject an offer from Hannig Construction subcontractor Wabash Valley Asphalt to repair portions of the lot, demanding instead that it be completely resurfaced. County officials have criticized the lot since the facility opened in late February, citing an uneven appearance and early signs of deterioration.

"Our opinion is it's not what we wanted," said Board President Charlie Brown.

In a special commissioners meeting Friday, Jim Burdick, president of Wabash Valley Asphalt, conceded the appearance of the lot is a problem. He agreed the area around the sally port on the facility's west side needs extensive repair, but defended the structural integrity of most of the rest of the lot.

Burdick cited an evaluation performed by Terre Haute-based Patriot Engineering that recommended selective resurfacing work and a complete re-seal of the lot-- much less involved and expensive than the solution prescribed by the commissioners.

"(The appearance) doesn't justify tearing it up," he said. "I think you're taking up a lot of perfectly good pavement that doesn't need to be taken up."

"Is it aesthetically pretty? No, it's not," he said. "Is it structurally sound? It's structurally sound."

County officials differed with Burdick's assessment.

"You're telling me that I can walk over there and kick up asphalt with my feet and it's structurally sound?" Commissioner David Parr asked.

The subcontractor and commissioners agreed the temperature when the lot was poured affected the final product. Wabash Valley laid the asphalt Oct. 27-28 of last year in 40-degree weather.

"It was in (October), it was too cold to put the pavement down and they went ahead and did it anyway," Parr said.

Burdick countered that county officials approved the construction schedule and should shoulder some of the blame.

"We're going to take the brunt of it, even though we weren't in control of (the schedule)," he said.

Burdick declined to estimate the cost of a complete resurfacing of the lot.

The board's decision does not imply Wabash Valley's consent to carry out the requested repairs.

Troy Biddle, Hannig's vice president of operations, said the county should put its request in writing. From there, Hannig will consult with Wabash Valley and arrive at a decision, he said.

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