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Opa-locka defers deciding whether to pay contractor for sewer work in 2014

At a rescheduled meeting on Tuesday, Opa-locka Mayor Myra Taylor deferred any attempts to decide whether or not the city should pay a contractor for work from 2014, despite staff saying the company had no proof of payment obligation.

The main item

City commissioners deferred voting on whether or not to pay $272,000 to a general contractor, United States Association of CDC, for a 2014 change order for work done on sanitary sewer pump station 5.

“I think it’s only fair, if we owe people from 2014, to at least give them some consideration in payment. That’s a long time to owe somebody,” said Taylor, who sponsored the resolution. “If we can offset a lawsuit, let’s see if we can. At least talk to them.”

According to the city attorney, the lump-sum design build contract did not have a provision for change orders. City Manager Steve Shiver also added that the contractor’s attorney was unable to produce documents proving the city owed them money.

Commissioner Terence Pinder, however, remained steadfast in his support to consider the contractor’s request.

“The manager said that we owe $1.8 million to contractors not paid. It seems that this is a trend,” Pinder said. “And I don’t like the reputation for this community to do work and not pay.”

Shiver said that $1.8 million deals with contracts to be reimbursed by the city’s Florida Department of Environmental Protection loan and that the contract was not part of that owed money.

Taylor deferred the item to the next meeting and requested Shiver to review the documents again.

Other business

▪ Audit services: Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of renegotiating a three-year contract with HTC Certified Public Accountants for financial auditing services, but requested for Shiver to bring back an agreement to vote on at the city’s commission meeting. The amended motion rejected city staff’s selection to enter into an agreement with a different firm.

▪ Water improvements: Opa-locka passed Shiver’s request to issue a request for proposals for Zone 1 and 2 stormwater, drinking water and wastewater improvements.

You said it

“The reason I’m here is to bring a problem with flooding in front of the business. Every time it rains, you can hardly get cars through there. And I’m just wondering when is anything going to be done? It’s third world.” — Omar Duvet, president of Ortega Industries, a window blind manufacturing company at 13281 NW 43rd Ave.

The next meeting

▪ When: 7 pm, Oct. 14

▪ Where: 215 Perviz Ave.