By Wayne Allen
An Eden Park resident went to the Scioto County Commissioners meeting on Thursday to express concerns about the damage done to their property during the installation of the Eden Park Sanitary System.
Over the course of discussion about Eden Park, Commissioner Doug Coleman said the county is looking into fixing some of the issues residents have as a result of the work that was done.
“Me and Joe (Delong, Scioto County Sanitary Engineer) talked the other day, and what we’re going to do is take money out of the retainage (funds withheld from the contractor) and some of Joe’s county people are going to do some of that (work),” Coleman said.
Coleman said if project contractor J&H Erectors does not start work soon on the residents’ issues, the county will step in and work to fix them. When asked how many issues there were, Coleman said there was a punch list of items. Delong said, he along with others, will take a look at the items left to clean-up, and if the item is the contractor’s fault the county will have the issue fixed. Delong said there are things on the list that may not be the contractors fault.
Coleman also said he and others will be meeting with Troy Huff, Highway Maintenance Administrator for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 9, in Eden Park Friday morning. Coleman said they are meeting Huff because, “they have some issues with some stuff out there to.”
It was reported in July that the project had been declared substantially complete. Around that time the commissioners signed an amendment to the settlement and tolling agreement with J&H Erectors. It was explained this amendment allows the mediation process to continue.
“When we first went through mediation with them, we had entered into an agreement where once they (J&H Erectors) received the notice of substantial completion they had 30 days from that date to file suit,” Assistant Scioto County Prosecutor Danielle Parker said.
Parker said J&H Erectors received notice of substantial completion on June 20, which meant they would have had to have filed their complaint by July 20. She said the agreement is set such that if either party see that it’s not fruitful to go ahead with mediation, the agreement can be terminated. Once the agreement is terminated they will have 30 days from the termination of the extension to file suit.
“Right now I think the idea is for them to get the job to final completion and then for everyone to sit down and hash out the issues that are still there, if there are any,” Parker said.
Since the project went over its original completion date am assessment for liquidated damages has been assessed against J&H Erectors. The original assessment was $1,500 a day, after the project entered into mediation the assessment was reduced to $1,000 a day, everyday until the project is complete. Parker said the extension agreement does not affect the assessment.
Since it began, this project has continued to experience its share of set backs and delays. The original completion date was August of 2013.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT