Commissioners to hold contractor accountable


The Scioto County Commissioners said Tuesday there are still roughly 15 items on a punch list before the Minford Sanitary Sewer System can truly be complete.

In 2015, the majority of the $30 million dollar Minford Sanitary Sewer Project was completed. All that remained was a punch list of items.

Chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners Mike Crabtree and Doug Coleman said they are having issues with contractors on the project on who’s responsible for completing the list and paying for it.

“Unfortunately, everything that goes wrong with those projects comes back on the commissioners and we have very little control over that,” Crabtree said.

He said the Scioto County Sanitary Engineers office has people working to complete the reaming items on the Minford Sanitary Sewer punch list.

“It’s my understanding that we have 15 complaints they are still working on. I know Joe Delong (Scioto County Sanitary Engineer) was working on that yesterday (Monday),” Crabtree said. “He (Delong) told the contractors, they were going to see to it this (punch list of items) got done and they were going to send an invoice to the contractor and we’re going to send an invoice to the bonding company. We intend to force them to pay for it or do the job. If they don’t want to do the job it’s going to get done and they are going to pay for it.”

He said the commissioners want this work done as quickly as possible, so they can put it behind them.

“We have to do this from a legal standpoint. We can’t stick a gun in someones ribs and say, ‘do your job’. I’m getting tired of people say the commissioners are mismanaged something, when we’re going everything we can do to make sure that job comes to fruition,” Crabtree said. “We’re (commissioners) here to do the best we can for Scioto County. We’re going to get that job done and I know people are going to be impatient with us and we can’t help that. What we can do is, hold the contractors feet to the fire and get the job done over time. If they don’t do it, we’re going to do it and make them pay.”

Coleman said there was a resident that claimed his driveway was paved prior to the start of construction. Officials with the project looked at satellite mapping and the driveway was and continues to be gravel.

“We’re going to get our money back because if a claim is filed against their bond the bonding agency does not like that,” Coleman said.

When asked about a total cost Crabtree and Coleman said the cost to complete the punch list is unknown and will be until all of the items are complete.

By Wayne Allen

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Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or @WayneallenPDT on Twitter.

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