Mexico Beach council starts over on city hall

Published: Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 12:21 PM.

At the August regular meeting of the Mexico Beach city council, the council decided to cancel the agreement with Cathey Construction to build a new city hall.

After a three-year insurance battle over the historic Parker House property that began after the building caught fire in 2011 just days after being purchased by the city, a settlement was reached that totaled $834,000 over three years.

Design fees on remodeling the building and later for a new structure paired with rent costs on a temporary city hall left the city with $485,000 and short of the million-dollar goal it had in mind for construction of a new building.

Upon receiving the settlement funds, the city also received an invoice from Cathey Construction for $42,825 for three years of consulting work.

The invoice wasn’t delivered with a line-item breakdown and councilmembers said they were not sure what they were paying for.

Interim city administrator Marcus Collins reached out to other construction companies to verify the quote. While one company agreed with the price, another called the invoice “excessive.”

At a workshop last week Councilwoman Tanya Castro said she wanted a more detailed invoice from Cathey Construction to better understand what the city had tasked them to do and how long it took.

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