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Deadline for library project has passed; legal action possible

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

A deadline has been reached on the Brazil Public Library renovation project, and decisions will be made soon.

Michele Griffin, a city administrator in the planning office, said Pyramid Architects and Engineers, Inc., was given a two-year deadline to complete the project.

The deadline was Monday.

Legal action against the architects is a possibility, but the city is waiting on another inspection before proceeding.

The city building inspector and the state building inspector, Paul Brown, will go through the library today and list all code violations.

The violations will be sent to Pyramid in a letter, which should be received by Friday.

Pyramid requested the letter, and will have until sometime next week to respond to the list of violations.

"We're going to wait and see the response from Pyramid," Griffin said.

Griffin said the city is hesitant to take court action, because legal action may need to be taken against the library board, because they purchased the building permit.

"We're in a holding pattern," Griffin said.

The library has no financial leverage against Pyramid to finish job, because they have already paid in full.

Griffin said the library board was advised by two different attorneys to pay in full.

"Had they held even $10,000, it could have been used as a bargaining tool," she said.

Griffin also said Brown told her he had bad experiences with Pyramid on other municipal projects.

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