Dear Manager Harden,
With only two City Council meeting dates available in December I’m curious when we will get an update on the progress of the “Dirt Hauling” contract with Halifax Paving. This contract has a completion date of December 31, 2014 and is currently guaranteed by a Performance and Payment Bond. The latest Dirt Tracking report from Public Utilities indicates that Halifax is on track to fulfill one aspect of the contract but more is required of them than simply delivering a certain number of cubic yards of dirt to City stockpiles.
As the City Attorney noted when Council approved the Performance and Payment Bond Amendment, the bond was to “provide for performance of all aspects of this contract.”
A partial list of other aspects of the contract includes:
- delivery of as-builts,
- repair and widening of Shunz Rd,
- completion of the perimeter berm of Lake A,
- sodding of the berm and other areas, and
- construction of emergency outfalls.
At one time there was also discussion about having Halifax pay for the Remedy Staffing employee who was keeping track of loads hauled. If I remember correctly, Fred Griffith said that monthly meetings were now being held with the contractor, so now seems an appropriate time to hear from Mr Griffith on the status of this contract.
To date, the Halifax Paving contract has been a ten-year source of confusion, missed deadlines and sloppy to non-existent accounting and has ultimately resulted in the City of Port Orange operating under a Consent Order imposed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. For ten years City Council rubber stamped change orders, based on the recommendation of Quentin L Hampton and staff, that benefited the contractor to the detriment of the City. It would be nice to say that at least we have a clear understanding of what happened during the last six months of this 10-year mess.
618 Ruth St
Port Orange, FL 32127