Mexico Beach council cancels city hall contract

Published: Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 09:54 AM.

The insurance battle over the Parker House has ended.

After voting last month to halt progress on constructing a new city hall, pending legal review of the contract with Cathey Construction, the Mexico Beach City Council formalized its vote at Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting.

Councilman Jack Mullen reported that the claim on the Parker House property had officially been settled and the city received its insurance monies totaling $801,590.

The city purchased the Parker House property in 2011 for use as a new city hall but the building caught fire several days later. After a three-year battle with the insurance company to receive funds for damages and rent reimbursement on a temporary city hall, the settlement is complete.

“The city has been paid, we have the check and our discussions and claims are settled,” said Mullen.

The claim didn’t provide adequate funds to cover construction of a new city hall building on the Parker House property which spurred workshop discussions to scrap the project entirely.

At the council’s request city attorney Paul Komarek examined the existing contract and offered the council its cancellation options. Komarek said that the contract was merely a request for qualifications filed in 2011 and contained many blank sections for prices, times and deliveries for constructing a new city hall.

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