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County Council OKs new contractor for project

11/8/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

DOWNTOWN AKRON — An alternate contractor had to be brought in to complete a project to convert the old clinic to a visitation center at Summit County Children Services, Summit County Council learned during its Nov. 5 meeting.

Council heard from Deb Matz, director of Law for County Executive Russ Pry’s office, about the project. She said the previously approved contractor did not complete the project and used improper materials in some areas.

According to the legislation Council passed in January, Kraiger Construction was hired for the project at a cost not to exceed $229,600. Council adopted a resolution this week that will allow a contract with Ver-Dick Builders for repairs and completion of unfinished work at the Blazey Center.

Matz said work had started at the project earlier this year but by June it appeared to be “bogged down.”

“By early August, I was getting concerns raised to me, so I went out to view the project,” she said.

Matz added the county has filed a claim on the project’s performance bond. The project is now complete.

“We are just waiting for the final occupancy permit,” she said.

Matz said the original contractor has already been paid $120,000. There are concerns that subcontractors hired to work on the project have not been paid by the contractor, she added.

The cost for the new contractor to complete the project and make repairs was $38,249, according to the legislation.

Also Monday, Council adopted a resolution approving the Clinton Master Sewer Plan. Adoption of the plan will allow the Department of Environmental Services (DOES) to proceed on the design and tentative assessments for the project, DOES officials have said, which could get under way in the summer of 2014.

Council also voted in favor of renewing a contract with ICSolutions for inmate phone services at the Summit County Jail. The county is projected to receive $506,000 by the end of the year, more than $150,000 than was received through a previous contract, officials said.

Council also adopted a resolution confirming a contract with Ease@Work for the county’s employee assistance program at a cost not to exceed $95,000. County officials said the contract reflects a savings that was possible because the city of Akron was added for a total of 5,000 employees covered by the program, which provides counseling or legal help for employees.

Council will not meet Nov. 12 due to the Veterans Day holiday. Council will meet for committee meetings Nov. 19 at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers on the seventh floor of the Ohio Building, 175 S. Main St.

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