WEWAHITCHKA, Fla. (WMBB) – Wewahitchka town commissioners disagree with a local contractor over new fire station ownership.
As our media partner, the Port St. Joe Star newspaper reports, city officials have said there are construction defects.
Wewahichka city leaders discussed issues with their new fire station project at a special meeting last month.
They say inspectors found a large crack in the concrete floor and the work of the contractor, Winterfell Construction, was unsatisfactory.
Commissioners voted unanimously to contact the Winterfell surety company and report the issues.
Winterfell Construction is owned by Bay County Commissioner Tommy Hamm.
Hamm declined to do an interview on this story, but provided this statement: “We are working on potential design issues with the city and will endeavor to find a resolution. ”
But according to Wewahichka city officials, cracked ground isn’t the only problem.
They said there had been a lot of delays.
Winterfell attributes the delays to above-average precipitation, the death of a company employee and supply chain shortages.
If the fire hall is not completed by April, the city could lose FEMA funding.
The star reports that the town attorney has sent a letter to the Winterfell surety company and is awaiting a response.
We have contacted a number of leaders in the town of Wewahichka, but they declined to comment due to an ongoing dispute.
The city attorney did not respond to our request.
The next meeting of the Wewahichka municipal commission is scheduled for January 27.
No word if the fire station will be the order of the day.