$50,000 in disputed claims submitted by the general contractor for the Ind.
49 utility corridor, LGS Plumbing Inc. of Crown Point, has prompted
everybody to lawyer up.
organizational meeting on Friday, the Chesterton Redevelopment Commission
voted 4-0 to authorize Town Attorney to consult--if needed--with an attorney
specializing in construction law, Michael Drewry of the Indianapolis firm
Drewry Simmons Vornehm.
Member Jeff Trout
was not in attendance.
that he has consulted on prior occasions with Drewry, told the commission
that he may not in the end need the authorization but that he wanted to be
prepared, just in case.
Lukmann added that
LGS Plumbing has retained an attorney of its own.
At issue: roughly
$50,000 in claims, submitted by LGS Plumbing, which staff doesn’t believe
the contractor is entitled to.
Those claims have
been hanging fire since at least late August, when Mike Jabo of DLZ, the
town’s contracted construction inspector, told the commission that LGS
Plumbing initially submitted more than a dozen claims over which staff had
large or small concerns. “We got them down to four,” Jabo said at the time.
At the moment
change orders have increased the original project price of $2,880,865 by
$75,296.84 or 2.6 percent, not a particularly great amount given the scope
of the project.
Earlier in the
meeting, members voted 4-0 to elect Trout to the presidency, Member Nick
Walding to the vice-presidency, and Member Paul Tharp to the secretariat.
Stephanie Kuziela then administered the oath of office to the four members
Under Indiana Code
a redevelopment commission is legally obligated to meet on the first day in
January which is neither a Saturday or Sunday nor otherwise a legal holiday,
for the purpose of electing officers.