George's Creek library may be completed, 2000
Library may finally reach completion.
Attorney claims agreement will solved outstanding issues.
LONACONING. Following threats of litigation from Allegany County, construction of the George's Creek Regional Library is apparently moving ahead.
“We had a very productive meeting with all the parties concerned land believe we have finally come to an agreement that would solve any outstanding issues between the bonding company and contractor" County Attorney Bill Rudd told the Allegany County Board of Commissioners on Thursday.
The library construction came to a halt in November 1998 after the original contractor walked off the job, leaving the project in the hands of Travelers Property & Casualty, a Connecticut-based bonding company. It was August 1999 before a new contractor; Kimmel & Kimmel Inc. of Cumberland, was approved to finish the work. Although the contractor initially estimated the building would be under roof by winter, financial complications apparently prevented construction from continuing.
In December, Rudd sent a letter to Travelers and Kimmel & Kimmel, threatening to take legal action, According to that letter, Travelers was supposed to have delivered a check for $25,000 in October made jointly payable to the town of Lonaconing and the contractor. At the same time a second check for $190,389.07 should have been mailed to Kimmel & Kimmel Inc.
Rudd said those checks had not been delivered by December and Travelers was in default of a tender and substitution agreement he had executed in October. In addition Kimmel & Kimmel had not signed the project completion agreement nor provided the required bonds for construction.
On Thursday, Rudd told the commissioners that the contract states work will begin March 1 and be completed by the end of September. "The project will also be winterized," he said. "Part of the agreement is to secure what's already there for the winter."
He said materials are currently being ordered to replace some that had been damaged by weather since the project was abandoned in 1998. This will be the second winter for the partially completed library.
"This is certainly good news for the people of Lonaconing," said Commission President Dale Lewis.
"The first word that came to my mind was 'hallelujah’” said Sandy Grandstaff, fund drive chairwoman for the library. "We really appreciate the work by the county, state and local government to get this problem solved. We're looking for good things to come."
Grandstaff later explained that fund-raising efforts for the library project began in 1987 and contributions were made by many people throughout the community. We-especially thank those who stuck with us when things were looking bad,” she added.
"We're certainly glad everything is working out," said John Taube, new director for the Allegany County Library system. "There has been a wonderful commitment from the people of Lonaconing for this project. Now hopefully by the end of 2000 we'll have a new library."
Sam Shawyer, Cumberland Times-News
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