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Contractor files $1.95 million in claims against Edmonds

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By Mina Williams
For The Herald
EDMONDS -- A contractor has filed two claims against the city over work done at the Haines Wharf Park.
Precision Earthworks is seeking $950,000 in one claim and a $1 million in another claim. The company alleges the city caused delays in construction which resulted in additional office overhead costs and equipment rentals. They are also charging that the city has not paid them for aspects of the project that were inserted after the company won the bid.
The 29,000-square-foot park off N. Meadowdale Road and 76th Ave. W. was supposed to cost $1.6 million to build. But the costs of the project escalated by $700,000 to $2.3 million.
Last week, the City Council was informed about the claims by Precision Earthworks.
A subcontractor also is expected to file a $250,000 claim, according to Phil Williams, Edmonds' public works director.
The city has hired two consultants to evaluate Precision Earthworks' claims and its books.
The findings are to be reported to the council in March.
The escalating costs of the park were approved by the council and signed by former Mayors Gary Haakenson and Mike Cooper from late 2009 through the park's completion at the end of 2011.
The council, concerned about the mounting costs, investigated Haakenson's involvement to see if any criminal or civil laws or city policies were broken.
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