Municipal authority faces lawsuit

JOHNSONBURG – G. M. McCrossin, Inc. has filed a lawsuit against the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority [JMA].According to JMA solicitor Richard Brown, McCrossin is seeking $1,128,327.38 plus interest, penalty and attorney fees in payments for construction work on the waste water treatment plant that "they believe they are entitled to.""We are in the process of preparing and finalizing an answer in a manner of counterclaim and hope to have that filed prior to the next board meeting," Brown said during Tuesday night's regular meeting. Officials voted in favor of authorizing chairman Eric Poague to sign the paperwork for the counterclaim.As of Feb. 1, 2012, the project has incurred $14,428,545.42 in costs of a projected budget of $14,319.088.In other business, Uni-Tec engineer Dan Guss reported sending a letter to the building inspector addressing eight deficiency items at the site. Guss said out of the eight items only one remains; a handrail that needs to be raised two to three inches to qualify."That will have to be done by a local contractor and charged to McCrossin," Guss said. "The building occupancy permit was issued pending correction of the handrail."Pick up a copy of the Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.Next meetingJohnsonburg Municipal AuthorityTuesday, March 206 p.m.Municipal Office