County to enforce bridge contract with WG Construction
Lafayette County may pursue penalties to compel completion of four bridges on Riverside Road in the northeast part of the county.
Supervisors voted at their regular meeting on Monday to authorize Road Manager Jerry Haynie and County Attorney David O’Donnell to take necessary steps to enforce Lafayette County’s contract with WG Construction Co. of Ripley to rebuild bridges on County Road 244, commonly known as Riverside.
“The board has given (the company) notice to get adequate materials and men and equipment on site,” said County Engineer Larry Britt. The 270 working days allowed in the $2.3 million contract have come and gone, he said, and a $650-per-day penalty applies.
Britt described the work as about 75 percent completed and said if it is not done by June 15, the county may enforce its claim on WG’s bonding company, which would then force WG to complete its work or would have to pay another company to do so.
“I’ve explained to the people in the community that by pulling their bond, it’ll probably take six months for someone else to finish it,” said Board President Jeff Busby.
Board members also approved advances in three subdivisions. Developers of the Southpointe subdivision off Highway 7 were given a variance on side setbacks that differed from the original plans but still fit within county regulations. The variance applies only to the many undeveloped lots that don’t adjoin that of an existing home.
“Anywhere there’s an existing property owner, there won’t be a variance,” said engineer Jeff Williams.
Southpointe resident Monica Hern said she and her neighbors are happy to see the development, which had been in foreclosure, making progress under its new builder, John McCurdy.
“As far as I’m concerned, if we can allow him a yardstick difference to make the houses fit more efficiently on the property line and still maintain the standards we all bought into five or six years ago, I’m happy with that,” Hern said. “By and large we are happy that our subdivision is moving forward, and we feel he is being very cooperative with the homeowners.”
The Sanctuary was given final plat approval. It was first approved by the Planning Commission last fall, but the Health Department only recently gave its nod. With all four lots fronting County Road 164, no road construction is involved in the project.
Supervisors also approved the site plan for Buford Trailer Park, a five-lot development off County Road 204.
In other business, Haynie said the extreme winter will cost the county an estimated $58,000 in unforeseen road repairs.
“There are 35 or 36 (roads to be repaired) on this list, and about 10 more that we have to add,” he said. “This is heavy loads – log trucks, concrete trucks, dirt trucks or garbage trucks. … The cold weather really hurt us.”