Mexico Beach council will return to Parker House negotiations

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 09:43 AM.

Cathey said that he has yet to receive the entire scope of work on the project and city administrator Chris Hubbard said that when hired under an RFQ, a final dollar amount is not required to be given.

Once Cathey Construction is told what to build, Brian Cathey will provide a final hard number to the city. Cathey said that his estimate is simply a negotiation tool to reach a settlement with the insurance company.

With the statute of limitations for litigation coming up in July, Moniz recommended requesting an extension as a way of reopening communication with the insurance company.

One citizen voiced concern at spending $1.1 million on a city hall for a town the size of Mexico Beach. Mullen told the crowd that when they showed off the designs of city hall, the citizens seemed happy with it.

Another citizen asked if the city could use the insurance money to build something smaller and have money left over, but Moniz said that at this point, that could be considered insurance fraud.

Woodham passed a motion to keep Moniz as a consultant, but not hire him as an attorney. The council will attempt to negotiate for 90 days with the insurance company before going into the appraisal stage. Woodham suggested taking Moniz along to any future meetings with the insurers.

“Once you’ve lawyered up, they’ll lawyer up,” said Moniz.

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