County officials and the subcontractor responsible for the questionable asphalt job at the Clay County Justice Center may be closing in on an agreement.
In a special meeting of the Clay County Board of Commissioners on Friday, board members and representatives of the Clay County Building Corporation entertained an informal offer from Wabash Valley Asphalt to resurface portions of the jail's parking lot. The subcontractor also agreed to guarantee the lot for 10 years, Brown said.
Officials have complained that the lot, rough and already eroding in places, detracts from the appearance of the $11 million facility.
The commissioners voted May 30 to reject a previous offer to partially resurface the lot, instead requesting a complete overhaul. Now that the asphalt firm has sweetened the deal, Commissioner Daryl Andrews is willing to listen.
"I think this would be a fair compromise that would put this behind us and keep us out of the courtroom," he said.
Board President Charlie Brown also said the offer is worth the county's consideration.
"A 10-year guarantee is unheard of," he said of the offer, which also includes an assessment of the condition of the lot three years from now.
Jim Burdick, president of Wabash Valley Asphalt, is confident the situation will be resolved.
"I'm confident that their lot will be fine 10 years from now," he said. "I think everybody will be satisfied in the long run."
Commissioners and members of the building corporation agreed to meet with a representative of the asphalt company in coming weeks to discuss the details of the agreement and make a decision.