Masci Corp is in trouble in Port Orange again, or perhaps I should say, still. City Manager Jake Johansson has sent a Notice of Intent to Debar to Leonel Masci, President of Masci Corporation, informing Mr Masci of his preliminary determination that cause for debarment has been found. Mr Johansson’s action seems to follow from a similar action taken by the Central Florida Expressway Authority against Masci Corp. Apparently Masci reported, under oath, paying a subcontractor approximately $1.4 million when they had only paid $230,000.
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Masci Corporation’s troubles in Port Orange began when they were caught delivering 84 truckloads of fill dirt from the Dunlawton Drainage Project to a job site in South Daytona. The dirt belonged to the City and was supposed to have been delivered to the City’s storage site off Shunz Rd. Masci Corp ended up reimbursing the City for its “mistake” and no further action was taken.
It was later questioned, on the same Dunlawton Drainage Project, whether Masci had reimbursed the City a sufficient amount of money for deleting the berm from that project. The dollar amount returned to the City seemed low compared to the amount of work deleted, but accounting on the project was so confusing that no definitive determination has been made. To date, the simple question asked in writing by then-City Manager David Harden of the current Finance Department Director, Tracey Riehm, remains unanswered: When Mr Gianinni recommended approval of Change Order No 1 (Final), on behalf of Quentin L Hampton, did QLH have proper documentation to assure themselves, as representatives of the City, that Masci Corporation had given the City the correct credit for deletion of the berm?
Manager Johansson deserves a pat on the back and a “hubba, hubba!” for his actions regarding Masci Corp–here’s hoping he looks at the rest of the Dunlawton Drainage Project mess and insists on some long-overdue answers.