Contractor not happy with county’s suggested payment for water pressure fix

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 20, 2015
Photo from July hydrant break obtained via DeKalb County's Twitter page @ItsInDeKalb

Photo from July hydrant break obtained via DeKalb County’s Twitter page @ItsInDeKalb

DeKalb County has made a counter-offer to a contractor who says he hasn’t been paid for fixing a broken water line in July.

Alessandro Salvo, CEO of county contractor GS Construction Inc, told Decaturish he is still owed $53,404 for the work he completed during the weekend of July 25. A grass cutting crew hit a fire hydrant on Henderson Mill Road on Thursday, July 23, which led to days of low water pressure and put the county under a boil water advisory.

The county has offered to pay him $28,404, citing parts of the contractor’s invoice that are in dispute.

“We have reviewed his invoice,” county spokesperson Burke Brennan said. “There are some items on it that we agree with and we’re going to pay, and there are some items that are unverified, and it would be a dereliction of our responsibility to the rate payers to pay for unverified items on the invoice.”

Salvo isn’t satisfied.

“Probably they don’t agree with the profit part,” Salvo said. “I don’t get to make any money.”

The July water pressure incident took a toll on local businesses, who were forced to close their doors or limit menus during the boil water advisory. It also worried local hospitals, in particular DeKalb Medical. John Shelton, the CEO of DeKalb Medical Center, emailed the county to express his concerns about problems communicating with DeKalb County officials.

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