Paxton delays vote on payment for wastewater-plant work
PAXTON — It won't be until next month that the city council will vote to pay Leander Construction of Canton for work done on the wastewater plant but subtract late charges for the project not being finished on time.
The water and sewer committee recommended last month that the city subtract $6,500 in liquidated damages from the $14,650 Leander submitted for its final pay request. The project cost $293,000. The item was inadvertently left off this month's agenda.
City Attorney Ross Sorensen said he thought the council should hold a special meeting in the next few weeks to discuss the matter with Leander officials. Aldermen nixed that idea because it would mean additional expenses to pay for that meeting.
Sorensen told the council he thinks the matter will probably end up being arbitrated and the city will pay double the amount retained to fight it. But Mayor Bill Ingold said he has spoken at length with the Leander comptroller and told him the council has its collective mind made up. Leander officials will be invited to the September meeting.
The project was completed 13 days later than mandated in the contract. Water superintendent Mark LeClair had complained to the council over the previous months that workers weren't at the site on a regular basis.