Questions, maybe answers, on Americus Ditch

Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 11:09 AM.

“Either no reports were done or reports were removed from the file,” Koran said.

Koran also questioned discrepancies in billing for the job from Preble Rish Engineers, which designed and inspected the job.

Under original invoices obtained from the Clerk’s office, the job started as a $1 million project and was a $1.1 million job later in the year.

He also noted that some $220,000 worth of pipe burned in 2008 and said public records do not indicate who absorbed that cost.

In an email between the Clerk’s office and county administrative staff, Koran noted, two invoices from Bailey and Sons could not be located by the Clerk’s office and staff there were told administrative staff would handle the issue.

Koran also wondered how Bailey could have submitted an invoice in January 2008 before the commencement of the project the following month and the securement of a construction bond by his company.

“We have a building problem,” Koran said. “We could save the taxpayers money. We should look at all projects. The county needs to get what is paid for.”

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