Paxton hasn't yet settled bill with vendor
PAXTON — The city council will not settle its bill this month with Leander Construction of Canton for work done on the wastewater plant. The city owes the company about $14,600, about 5 percent of the contract total of $293,000, held back as is customary in such projects.
The water and sewer committee made no recommendation to the full council to pay the bill this month. That was after city engineer Larry Johnson and Barry Reed, a representative of Leander, discussed the council's intent in May to charge the company $6,500 in late charges and $540 for work city employees did on the project.
The project was completed 13 days later than mandated. Reed claimed that was not the company's fault because water superintendent Mark LeClair was displeased with the paint color and application used in the project and Leander's work was halted because of that. Reed said LeClair would have had ample time prior to his actual complaint about the paint to address it and not cause the delay. Reed said his company was prepared to be finished with the project April 29, plenty of time before the May 8 completion date.
Reed also said he could have charged the city an additional $4,300 in work not in the original specs but did not do so.
LeClair had complained to the council over the previous months that workers weren't at the site on a regular basis. He said city employees had to clean up the construction site. He said that was the contractor's responsibility.