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Hopkins Fiscal Court Withholds Payment to Associated Engineers

Hopkins Seal 01 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (7/16/13) – Hopkins County Fiscal Court voted to pay its monthly bills during its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, July 16, with the exception of one. The court voted 5-1 to withhold payment to Associated Engineers, which billed for more than $56,000 above its original projected bid.
 
The motion was made by magistrate Chris Toney and seconded by magistrate Shaun Roberts. It passed with additional votes by magistrates Karol Welch, Charlie Beshear and William Groves. The only "Nay," was heard from magistrate Larry Wilson.
 
Groves asked Toney to explain his reservation in paying the bill.
 
"From my understanding, this payment is in addition to payments already paid to (Associated) Engineers for contract for the sports complex," said Toney. "The response given when we asked where it came from, was that that they conducted work that was outside the scope the original bid."
 
Toney said requests for copies of the original contract have not been provided by Associated Engineers nor does the county seem to have one.
 
"We're being asked for $56,000 for something that is saying it's outside their scope of the project," he said. "I'd like to see what that agreement is and have our county attorney look at it."
 
Toney said inspection of the original contract should define the perimeters of the project. The movement of dirt should be included in the normal scope of the project, he said.
 
Welch agreed that the contract should be clarified.
 
In other business, fiscal court agreed to reallocate unused portions coal severance funds from the city of Madisonville that were not used for a railroad study to be diverted to a splash park for the proposed Mahr Park near Pee Wee Lake.
 
The court approved a building lease that can be terminated with 30 days’ notice from either party, to the Hopkins County Humane Society; approved allowing the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office to pursue a Homeland Security grant application; and heard from resident Scott Rager, who recommended that the court reduce the amount of its contribution to the Hopkins County Library.
 
Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News
Hopkins County Lead Reporter

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