One local contractor who performed work on Phase 2 of the city’s fire training center asked that the council exhibit “due diligence” in selecting contractors for future projects.
Nick Obermark, owner of Electric Unlimited, Washington, said his company as well as other subcontractors have not been paid the full amount owed to them for their work.
Wright Construction Services was awarded the contract for the 7,880-square-foot building with a partial basement to house a fire training classroom and apparatus bays.
Obermark said several of the companies are filing against the contractor’s bond to try and get their money.
Obermark said that while he understands there is no legal recourse the city can take, because his contract is with Wright Construction, he would like to see the council look into general contractors before they’re chosen for a project “by calling bond companies to see how many claims they have filed against them.”
Brian Boehmer, assistant city administrator, said it’s rare that these issues occur.
Council members said they would take the complaint into consideration if the company comes up for bid for a future project and agreed to “dig deeper” before approving future general contractors.