During a meeting with the Muskingum County Commissioner's, county projects director, Don Madden, discussed the Gratiot/Mount Sterling water project that was completed in 2013. Madden and the Commissioner's discussed how two unpaid vendors will be reimbursed. Madden says the Pennsylvania-based company contracted to complete the project, failed to pay some of the vendors and suppliers.
"We had two vendors that did not complete mechanics liens, did not file them completely and so we were trying to discuss today as to whether it would be appropriate for the county to pay those bills directly or to return that money to the bonding company in the hopes that they would pay the vendors," Madden explained.
The Commissioner's asked Madden to talk with our local prosecutor to weigh the risks of the county directly paying the vendors, or whether or not they should directly pay the bonding company.
"The county basically moved to get the project completed using the bonding company. The bonding company is put in place to protect the county in terms of situations where a contractor isn't completing a project and so that's the reason we're in the situation we're at right now."
The combined total owned to the two local vendors is around $7,500.